Film Review

MIFF 2011: Tiny Furniture

TINY FURNITURE is undoubtedly an impressive debut effort from 24 year old writer/director/actor Lena Dunham. Dunham plays Aura, a recently graduated film major who returns home to her family loft in Tribeca to work out what to do next with her life.

MIFF 2011: Why I Didn't Think Much Of The Innkeepers

What kind of cinephile am I? One that skips watching films to end up sitting around drinking and talking about them. That's pretty much how today began. Of course I feel like my decision was entirely vindicated as we began to see more and more familiar faces appear in the festival lounge who apparently had walked out of the film we had chosen to miss.

MIFF 2011: A Good Film & A Very Bad Film

I really need to pay attention more. After missing the first 30 minutes of a session on my first day due to mistaking the start time, today I walked into the wrong theatre only to realise my mistake as it was starting. I watched it anyway (and rather enjoyed it) but I was pretty confused as to why I wasn't stopped at the door as my ticket was scanned?

MIFF 2011: LSD Pranksters, Androgynous Children & Me

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.

MIFF 2011: Celebrity Stalking, African Refugees & General Nihilism

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).

SFF 2011: Martha Marcy May Marlene

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.

SFF 2011: Corman's World - Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

CORMAN'S WORLD 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.


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.

SFF 2011: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

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.

SFF 2011: The Big Overview

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.
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