9 items from 2014
I think it’s fair to say that my movie tastes can be quite diverse at times, but my true love is for the movie that looks at the darker side of the psyche. This tends to push me into the horror genre quite a bit, but give me a film like A Clockwork Orange and I’ll be hooked. This is probably why Filth in many ways is a perfect movie for me as James McAvoy’s character Bruce Robertson is in many ways a more grown up and dangerous version of Alex DeLarge.
- Paul Metcalf
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman: Python-esque collection of animated shorts tell a true fiction of the late comedian [at Lovefilm]
British films you missed
Fast Girls: standard underdog sports flick is totally predictable yet wholly infectious, with a brute bodily exuberance of competition and movement [my review] [at Lovefilm] Hunky Dory: charming tale of a 1970s schoolteacher struggling to put on a rock musical with less than cooperative students; Minnie Driver is fab [at Lovefilm] The Look of Love: the entertaining lead performance by Steve Coogan cannot quite make up for poorly fleshed-out characters or a rote narrative [my review] [at Lovefilm] Tyrannosaur: brutally good performances by Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, and Eddie Marsan in a story about violent men; pity it has less sympathy for their women victims [my review] [at Lovefilm]
streaming now, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Directed by Jon S. Baird.
A bipolar, bigoted junkie cop manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter.
Straight off the bat lets say this: Filth, for all its artistic gusto and terrific central performance, is not for everybody. Like American Psycho and indeed Trainspotting before it, it is certain to divide opinions. Indeed, its £3.8million gross in the UK and Scotland is healthy enough, and it's largely positive critical acclaim suggested greatness, but like the aforementioned duo of films, there will be many who if nothing else, just won't "get" it.
It's a feverish, nightmare-like film that drags us through the grinder and spits us out just as quickly. Here, the comparisons to American Psycho are obvious, »
- Gary Collinson
Kidnap thriller The Disappearance Of Alice Creed remade for Dutch audiences.
Producer Frans van Gestel is at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (Iffr) drumming up international interest in Joram Lürsen’s new thriller Reckless (Bloedlink), a Dutch remake of British kidnap thriller The Disappearance Of Alice Creed.
Speaking to ScreenDaily in Rotterdam, van Gestel said that the new film, now in post-production, is aimed primarily at a Dutch audience.
“Obviously, if you make a remake of a British film, it is not meant to travel around the world. It is meant to work really strongly in the domestic market.”
Van Gestel together with screenwriter Frank Ketelaar was looking for genre stories that could be made for a modest budget of around €1m.
At first, they wanted »
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James McAvoy is Bruce Robertson, a crooked Edinburgh policeman, in Jon S Baird's black comedy Filth. He's working a murder case and up for promotion, and woe betide anyone who gets in his way. The adaptation of Irvine Welsh's 1998 novel is available to watch online now without a subscription, thanks to blinkbox.
Here are seven reasons why you should stop whatever you're doing and watch Filth as soon as humanly possible:
1. James McAvoy behaving badly
McAvoy's Bruce is a gleefully, unrepentantly horrible man - a corrupt cop, a liar and manipulator with an almost complete lack of human feeling. Despite all those things, it's hard not to like him.
Watch a trailer for Filth (Warning: Contains explicit content):
2. The return of Irvine Welsh
A human corpse is on the receiving end of much of the so-called humor in “God’s Pocket,” but it’s the movie that feels dead on arrival, a strained pileup of small-town stupidity that might more honestly have been titled “Sad Sacks ‘R’ Us.” Showing none of the sparkle of the five “Mad Men” episodes he’s directed, actor John Slattery makes a wobbly transition into feature filmmaking with this drab and uninvolving dark comedy about two parents reacting to their son’s suspicious death in increasingly hapless and hazardous ways. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins and Christina Hendricks lead a strong cast left flailing by a gallery of underdeveloped characters, all of them stranded in a muddled indictment of provincial American life. Sans critical support, this “Pocket” should be tucked away in short order.
It begins with the funeral of 22-year-old Leon (Caleb Landry Jones), accompanied by the »
- Justin Chang
The Sundance Film Festival kicks off this Thursday night, January 16, 2014 and history tells us that one of your favorite films will premiere there. Last year, we covered the Sundance premieres of “Before Midnight,” “Upstream Color,” “The Way Way Back,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” “We Are What We Are,” and many more. And Chicago Critics Film Festival hits “Stories We Tell,” “The Spectacular Now,” and “The Kings of Summer” premiered in Park City in 2013.
What will make waves this year? What films will cinephiles be talking about for the next ten days? There are dozens of films that have piqued our interest and that we’ll be covering here in daily diaries starting on Friday but here are ten, alphabetically, that already have people buzzing. And the amazing thing is how easy it would have been to choose a completely different ten. (Synopses courtesy of Sundance.)
Photo credit: Sundance »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Top 10 Mark Harrison 6 Jan 2014 - 06:29
As ever, some spectacular performances were overlooked in last year's rush of movie releases. Here's Mark's pick of the most underrated...
Here on Den Of Geek, It's become something of a tradition that when the end of the year rolls around, and the big awards bodies almost determinedly overlook genre cinema, and that we compile a list of the underrated and underappreciated performances by actors in the last cinematic year.
We've tried to pick out turns that either went unnoticed in most reviews, or simply should have gotten more praise. It's less about the great performances that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences are sure to overlook, than it is about giving praise where it's due.
It's unusual that this is either the most wide-open race in a while, or there aren't nearly enough people talking about who will definitely win »
With 2013 coming to an end in just a few short hours, it's that time of year where the the team here at Flickering Myth to reveal our picks for the very best cinematic offerings of the past twelve months.
As usual, the writing team here have put together individual lists of their personal favourites, which we've used to compile our overall selection for the Top Ten Movies of 2013. However, unlike previous years, we've made a slight change this time around; with most of our writers being UK based, we've always used UK release dates as the basis for our list, meaning that films from the previous calendar year have often made the cut.
This is something we've debated at length, and this time around our we've decided to go with UK release dates once again, but omitting 2012 movies from the final top ten (although you can see how that list »
- Gary Collinson
9 items from 2014
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