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Live-action manga adaptations can be overwhelming for the uninitiated. They can also be trying because they are oftentimes unbending in their fidelity to manga spatial/stylistic grammar: over-the-top gestures, rubbery facial expressions, strident dialogue delivery; frequent frantic successions of shots filled to the brim with colourful …

Film Festival Discopathe (dir. Renaud Gauthier)
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Day 4 gets off to an inauspicious start as my third venture into the Ultra Movies section reaps yet another foul proposition in the form of Renaud Gauthier’s cleverly-titled Discopath. An idea more appealing on paper than it proves in its lackluster execution, the story of a young man’s whose homicidal impulses are triggered by the sound of disco music nevertheless…

Reviews earth to echo
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Found footage films have become sort of their own cliché when trying to lend authenticity to something inauthentic. The Blair Witch Project did it first, famously, and best and was subsequently followed by the 4 (or 5 or 6) Paranormal Activity films, Cloverfield, Project X, and countless others (although Cloverfield is really good). Now comes…

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Mahanagar is known as Satyajit Ray’s first portrayal of his native Kolkata. The film follows a husband and wife, Subrata and Arati Mazumder (Anil Chatterjee and Madbabi Mukherjee respectively), as they deal with money troubles. Arati decides to get a job despite the fact that a woman with a job is a faux pas in 1960s Indian society.

Film Festival Eat (dir. Jimmy Weber)
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At the Neuchâtel Fantastic Film Festival, it’s only ever a matter of time before one stumbles across a modest C-movie full of good intentions, but also desperately meager on good ideas. By and large, sticking to the International Competition and the safe Films of the Third Kind sections more or less ensures an untainted journey through the festival, but venture into the gory…

Reviews Doc-of-the-dead
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The living dead first invaded our cinemas, then our televisions, then our video games, and now they have overflowed into our streets. There seems to be no stopping the dead from devouring every form of media that exists. With such a catastrophic takeover underway, have you ever stopped to wonder how it all began?

Film Festival Nachthelle_1-1
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The postmodern film Nachthelle is Florian Gottschick’s diploma film and introduces the young, innovative director and recent graduate to a wide audience at the Munich Filmfest. Based on the title of a poem written by Johann Gabriel Seidl and a musical piece composed by Franz Schubert, Nachthelle explores the human unconsciousness, love and fear as well as…

Film Festival blind2_1-1
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I return to the festival’s International Competition with Sundance and Berlin hit Blind, written and directed by the scribe for Joachim Trier’s celebrated Oslo, August 31st. Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid finds the limits of her reality suddenly thrust from the horizon to the walls of the apartment she shares with her husband. Within the confines of her own home, she…

Film Festival cij_1-1
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To describe Cold In July as being like five films rolled into one may cause eyebrows to raise, spark immediate concerns of an unfocussed mess or trigger assumptions that it was like a Twilight Zone rip-off. However, it is none of these things. There is one storyline, yet it takes us through a gamut of styles, emotions and twists that would indicate director Jim Mickle and his…

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