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A Worthwhile (if Tiring!) Edinburgh Film Festival

Posted by: Matthew Turner 27/06/2008 @ 15:56
Subject: Film

Films seen so far this year: 222
Films seen this week: Good Dick, Mancora, Of Time In The City, Blood Car, Dummy, Summer, Better Things, The King of Ping-Pong, Tiramisu, Standard Operating Procedure, Time Crimes, Death Defying Acts, Goodnight Irene, The Kreutzer Sonata, The Connection, The Black Balloon, Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, The Wave, Shiver, The Cool World, The Order of Myths, A Film With Me In It, The Rocker, Bigga Than Ben: A Russian's Guide to Ripping Off London, Dangerous Liaisons, Transsiberian, Wellness, Let the Right One In, Wall-E, Faintheart, The Trail of the Screaming Forehead, L'Adolescente.

Edinburgh Film Festival: Aftermath
Well, I've just seen my 41st film at the Edinburgh Film Festival and I'm now sitting in the FilmHouse, frantically writing this blog before my train home. I have managed to snag a screener of a final film for the train home, so my final total will be the entirely acceptable 42 films (Hitchhiker's fans will agree, I'm sure), a mere 10 short of my original goal of 52. Check out more Edinburgh blogs and a bunch of reviews at our sister site at ViewEdinburgh. All in all, it's been an excellent year, with an extremely high standard of films – unusually for me, I didn't see anything that I actually hated this year and I only gave a two star review to one film (and I feel guilty about that, because I got to know the star really well and he was lovely). Personal highlights included: interviewing the stars and director of The Visitor; chatting to Chiwetel Ejiofor, who remembered me from a few years ago, despite the fact that I was heavily bearded at the time; literally bumping into Sean Connery (wearing a red hoodie!) in the FilmHouse but being too dumbstruck to say anything; hanging out with Blood Car director Alex Orr (and participating in his upcoming video documentary about The Haggis); and briefly meeting Dylan Moran at the Rotten Tomatoes party last night. I'm exhausted now, mind. Plus, I'm about four days behind on the review blog so I've got some catching up to do. All motivational comments appreciated.

Films I'm NOT Looking Forward To: The Love Guru
My God, this looks awful. Mike Myers' latest movie is fast approaching, fleeing terrible reviews from the States in the hopes that British audiences will be a bit kinder. If you click around the website (don't open it at work, as the music is quite loud), you can find another trailer, which, if anything, makes it look even worse and features a flashback scene with Mike Myers' head badly CGIed onto a child's body. I don't know how much more of Myers' comedy accents and horrible mugging I can stand and what on earth is Jessica Alba doing in this? Did Good Luck Chuck teach her nothing? Still, you have to admire Myers' commitment to keeping Mini-Me Verne Troyer in gainful employment.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):Only two new entries this week: Wanted (for my money, the best action film of the year) and Female Agents, though A Complete History of My Sexual Failures is also well worth checking out.

1. In Search of a Midnight Kiss
2. Priceless
3. Persepolis
4. Iron Man
5. Wanted
6. Gone Baby Gone
7. Female Agents
8. Teeth
9. Couscous
10. Adulthood

DVD of the Week: The Other Boleyn Girl (released June 30th, £19.99)

This week's DVD of the Week is The Other Boleyn Girl, based on the novel by Philippa Gregory. Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson star as Anne and Mary Boleyn, two beautiful sisters who end up as rivals for the love of King Henry VIII (Eric Bana). Nicely directed with superb performances from Bana and Johansson and a terrific supporting performance by David Morrissey, this is well worth catching up with if you missed it at the cinema. Worth seeing just for Portman's somewhat anachronistic delivery of the line “With my thighs”, in response to Henry asking Anne how she intends to stay on the horse. No decent extras though. Shame.

Comments

by  will  03/07/2008 @ 11:34
42 films in a week? That's a lot of popcorn munching! It looks like there were some great films up there. Blood Car and Wall E look like great films.

It looks like there is very similar film to the Love Guru called 'The Guru'? After watching Goldmember I now think that Mike Myers is just annoying and unfunny. Roll on Austin Powers 4 then!

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