3 items from 2011
With the clear target of egging on fresh film-makers, artists and their work and also, to promote the arts and media culture among the general public through independent film, video and new media,The UFO 0110 International Digital Film Festival is now open for entries from across the world. UFO 0110 Idff is India.s only film festival to recognise and promote .different cinema.. It will take place from the 23rd of February to the 1st of March 2012 at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi. Entries will be open until 20th December 2011This is a historic year in the journey of the film festival because companies Mediaguru and Qed join Ekaa Films as Partners and UFO Moviez India Limited is now the title sponsor. And because of these associations, this year The UFO 0110 International Digital Film Festival is set to be bigger and, if we may presumptuously add, much better. The UFO 0110 International »
"Sure to be drowned out by the drum circles at Occupy Wall Street, writer-director Jc Chandor's lifeless Margin Call depicts roughly 36 hours at an unnamed Manhattan investment firm at the dawn of the 2008 financial freak-out," begins Melissa Anderson in the Voice. "Chandor's debut feature audaciously asks us to empathize with obscenely overpaid risk analysts and their bosses, a gambit that fails not only because of what's happening at Zuccotti Park, but largely because his characters are little more than mouthpieces for blunt speechifying and Mamet-like outbursts."
Salon's Andrew O'Hehir isn't so quick to dispatch Margin Call to the disc-pile of history. For one thing, he notes that it "features one of Kevin Spacey's best screen performances as the firm's middle-aged ace salesman, trapped between his longtime loyalty and his waning sense of ethics. But explaining how these guys justified their rapacious and immoral behavior to themselves is not »
As the credits roll on The Flaw, a new documentary on the financial crisis, and we learn the fates of the various interviewees, it's Andrew Luan, a former mortgage bond trader for Deutsche Bank, who has emerged from the meltdown best. Now a guide who provides walking tours (and handy narrative threads for documentary filmmakers) through post-credit crunch Wall Street, his business has been on the up since 2008. The Flaw – from In the Shadow of the Moon director David Sington – joins Inside Job and Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story in cinema's growing oeuvre of rueful postmortems on the global financial system. But watching them, I sometimes wonder if their function is just like Luan's Wall Street walkabout: vicariously entertaining us with the spectacle of our own decline. »
- Phil Hoad
3 items from 2011
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