Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 12:12
11am session on a Sunday morning, EL BULLI
. It was always gonna be challenging. Upon running to make the session I realised I could not see this film on an empty stomach. So I ended up eating something that was about as dramatic a contrast as possible from the food shown in the film, a Frankfurt wrapped in a donut. It was disgusting. I love MIFF.
Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 08:29
Whether or not I have had enough sleep at this stage is not really the issue. More pressing is the coherence of what you are about to read. Wish me luck, or should I really be wishing you luck. After all, you are choosing to read this and I greatly appreciate that. You could be doing so much more with your time right now but you are here, reading this.
Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 11:19
MIFF2011 is off and running with a deceptively sunny day. My first day began with getting the time of my opening film wrong and running in 30 minutes late (luckily I had seen it).
Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 05:59
MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE
is a profoundly devastating and overwhelmingly intense film from first-time filmmaker Sean Durkin. I'll give you fair warning as you are about to read a fairly glowing review. MMMM
had an incredible impact on me.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 15:06
is exactly the type of film you would expect it to be. A chronological run through of Corman's greatest hits with plenty of amusing anecdotes from famous faces and the requisite amount of funny clips from his assorted movies.
Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 14:48
A film festival is a marathon, not a sprint. Pacing yourself is the name of the game, especially at a festival like MIFF that has the epic span of 17 days. Don't go crazy the first weekend and see 12 films in two days only to fall into a fluey heap immediately after. Schedule your films carefully.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 15:19
The countdown has begun. While the MIFF Members launch at the 'lovely' Greater Union cinemas on Tuesday night was a rather perfunctory affair, it still served its function. We got the program. Sure a drink would've been nice, and a social space to enable some excited chats was conspicuously absent, but we still got what we came for.
Friday, July 1, 2011 - 20:54
Miike Takashi is often misunderstood by many western film writers. Despite his prolific nature (regularly making between 3 and 6 films a year), very few of his films travel outside of Japan and the ones that do inevitably paint him a very specific way.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 15:59
Morgan Spurlock's latest documentary is quite possibly the most self-reflexive piece of film I have ever seen. Its full title, POM WONDERFUL PRESENTS, THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD
, is about the making of itself. Spurlock's initial idea is admittedly inspired. He sets out to make a documentary about product placement, that is itself wholly funded by product placement.
Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 14:35
What a great festival! Out of a meagre 26 films seen, I can say that only about 3 were out and out bad while at least 13 were pretty close to great with the remainder being merely very good. That is one of the best hit to shit ratios of any film festival I have attended in recent memory.