Film Review – Enactone

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As cringey as a “lesbian vampire erotic film” might sound like, Enactone is more than what its (possibly one of a kind) genre suggests. Film director Sky Deep Dietrich plays main character Marie Scott, former US slave turned into a vampire who now seeks vengeance against mankind through the acquiring of “orgasmic blood” from women (yes, you read it right).

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Film Review – Miss Sloane

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Miss Sloane begins with a prim Jessica Chastain being fussed over by makeup artists and legal counsel, as she repeats her personal mantra: “Lobbying is about anticipating your opponent’s moves and devising counter measures”. Jonathan Perera’s first time script sticks ardently to this, often to a fault. It is a Sorkin-esque romp through the moral vagaries of the lobbying system, littered with cliche, high drama, absurdist moments, and in the end a genuine sense of heart and pathos. 

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Film Review – Berlin Syndrome

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For many of us the premise behind Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome would be our worst nightmare. Teresa Palmer of Hacksaw Ridge plays Clare, a tourist backpacking around Berlin.  After a couple of encounters with charming teacher Andi (Max Riemelt) she ends up having a one night stand with him. Things take a dark turn the next morning however when Andi locks Clare in his flat and refuses to let her leave, making her a prisoner in his home.

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Film Review – The Transfiguration

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In association with the GFT

First time writer-director Michael OSheas suburban vampire tale The Transfiguration tells the story of Milo (Eric Ruffin), a young boy living in a rough area of Brooklyn. With no parents, no friends and one brother, he is an outsider by his very nature. However, it quickly becomes clear that it is not just his unfortunate social situation that makes him different to everyone else. We see him sitting in bed at night watching videos of animals being killed, before he promptly goes out into the darkened streets to find his own prey.

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Film: Spaceship (2016) Review

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In association with Glasgow Film Theatre

Spaceship is a neon-fuelled glimpse into the lives of a group of cyber-gothic misfits who dream of escaping their reality on earth through a fascination with alien abductions, unicorns, and black holes. Alex Taylor’s debut feature focuses primarily on Lucidia (Alexa Davis) who disappears via an apparent alien abduction, and her archaeologist father Gabriel (Antti Reini) who is still traumatised by his wife’s death years earlier.

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Film Review: Colossal

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You know that feeling when your personal issues manifest into a giant monster that terrorises an entire city? No? Well, Anne Hathaway’s character in Colossal sure does. A film which sees director Nacho Vigalondo create an enticing premise which allows this film to stand out from the tiresome remakes or repetitive clichés flooding the market.

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Film Review – Frantz

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In association with the GFT

Francois Ozon’s Frantz begins just as it continues: quietly and apprehensively, with little fanfare. Anna – young, restrained and delicately played by newcomer Paula Beer – is visiting the grave of her fiancé Frantz, a German soldier killed in the last months of the First World War, when she unexpectedly comes across a Frenchman laying flowers on the dead man’s grave. This sudden appearance of a wartime enemy is a difficult one to stomach for the defeated Germans, especially when the stranger reveals himself to be Adrien (Pierre Niney), an unknown friend of Frantz’s from his studies in Paris before the war. But, despite the uncomfortable xenophobia that flickers through the film, his arrival promises hope and relief to Frantz’ suffering family – a chance to move past their unbearable grief, and grasp at life again.

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