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Eiff 2012: Unconditional Review

30 June 2012 2:30 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Owen (Harry McEntire) and Kristen (Madeleine Clark) are twins living on a council estate caring for their disabled mother (Melanie Hill). When their already limited finances tumble further, Kristen arranges to meet loan shark Liam (Christian Cooke). Clearly smitten, Kristen makes it her intention to woo Liam, but it’s Owen who he has eyes for and, before he knows what he’s let himself in for, they embark upon a tumultuous, unorthodox love affair that sees them both making very personal and potent discoveries.

A psycho-sexual character study masquerading as an intimate, yet peculiar love story, Unconditional explores a teenagers sudden desire to break free from the restraints his home life imposes on him, despite the mysteriousness surrounding the outside world and devotion to both his sister Kristen and their dependent mother. It’s tender and innocent enough at first, but as it reaches the midway point it adopts more thriller-esque qualities, »

- Jamie Neish

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Eiff 2012 Day 4: Flying Blind and Unconditional

25 June 2012 6:18 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Appearing to start off as a big budget version of Spooks, Flying Blind introduces us to lecturer and aeronaut, Frankie, played sincerely by Helen McCrory.

A woman who throws herself wholeheartedly into her work, the constant pursuit from student Kahil (Najib Oudghiri) catches her completely off guard and serves as a welcome distraction from her daily routine. And, though she is initially very guarded with her student, it is not long after their awkward and amusing first date that we are subjected to the duo’s blistering chemistry.

If you think you have an inkling as to where this relationship is heading, there is room for guesswork before Frankie’s father warns her of the implications an Algerian-Muslim boyfriend could have on her career. Add to this the fact that Frankie is nowhere near mastering his language, and unwanted doubt about Kahil’s true intentions start to trickle into her mind. »

- Emma Thrower

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The Full Lineup of Movies Announced for 66th Annual Edinburgh Film Festival 2012

30 May 2012 3:05 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Cannes is now over which means it’s time to move to Britain as the Edinburgh Film Festival kicks off!

We’ve just been sent the full line-up for the 2012 Edinburgh Film Festival which is now in it’s 66th year. We have our people (Jamie, Steven and Emma) on the ground at the event right now ready to catch as many films as they possible can throughout the next wee or two as we get to see 121 new features and 19 world premieres.

I’ll let the full press release below do the talking but let us know what you’re looking forward to in the comments section below.

World Premieres:

Berberian Sound Studio Borrowed Time Day Of The Flowers Exit Elena Flying Blind Fred Future My Love Guinea Pigs Here, Then Leave It On The Track The Life And Times Of Paul The Psychic Octopus Life Just Is Mnl »

- David Sztypuljak

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Full line-up for the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival announced

30 May 2012 2:51 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The full programme for the 66th edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff), which runs from 20 June to 1 July, has been officially announced and will feature nineteen World premieres and thirteen International premieres.

The Festival will showcase one hundred and twenty-one new features from fifty-two countries, including eleven European premieres and seventy-six UK premieres in addition to the World and International premieres. Highlights include the World premieres of Richard Ledes’ Fred; Nathan Silver’s Exit Elena and Benjamin Pascoe’s Leave It On The Track and European premieres of Lu Sheng’s Here, There and Yang Jung-ho’s Mirage in the maiden New Perspectives section; and the International premiere of Benicio Del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Julio Medem, Elia Suleiman, Gaspar Noé, Juan Carlos Tabio and Laurent Cantet’s 7 Days In Havana and the European premiere of Bobcat Goldthwait’s God Bless America in the Directors’ Showcase. In addition to the new features presented, »

- Phil

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This Week In Trailers: Shock Head Soul, The Last Elvis, Don’t Think, Unconditional, A Man’s Story, Taped

28 January 2012 10:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? Taped Trailer I, like many other boys, went through a Patrick Dempsey phase when I was younger. It all started with Can't Buy Me Love »

- Christopher Stipp

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