Film Review: The Awakening

Nick Murphy’s The Awakening is a supernatural chiller that is successful for the most part. The film is reminiscent of several other ghost films, but this is not necessarily a bad thing.  Writer and exposer of supernatural hoaxes, Florence Cathcart is inundated with requests after the First World War. Teacher Robert Mallory visits Florence to ask for her help with […]

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Film Review: Anonymous

Flick to the cinema section of the Hot Mess dictionary, and there you will find an entry for Anonymous. Roland Emmerich’s hymn to ludicrousness is a camp fiasco. In Elizabethan London, William Shakespeare is an actor, performing in the plays of others. Edward, Earl of Oxford is a secret playwright, looking for an anonymous way for to make his plays […]

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Film Review: Trishna

Michael Winterbottom’s Trishna is an update of Tess of the d’Urbervilles, with a shifted perception. Adapting the story to fit a modeern Indian society is an interesting idea, but not entirely satisfying. Travelling around India with his British friends, Jai meets Trishna. Finding her attractive, Jai offers Trishna a job at his father’s hotel in Jaipur when her family falls […]

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Film Review: Shock Head Soul

Shock Head Soul is a docu-drama about Daniel Paul Schreber. It is unclear whether director Simon Pummell was attempting to provoke a manic episode from viewers with the sheer dullness of proceedings. Instead, the film is likely to render them in a comatose state. Combining expert opinion and dramatic rendition, Shock Head Soul tells the story of Daniel Paul Schreber. […]

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London Film Festival – One Week In

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r9bodtOfKs[/youtube] It has been a busy week since the BFI London Film Festival began on the 12th October. There have been some fantastic films screened so far. Of these, The Artist tops the list. The film is simply wonderful, and heartily recommended. The video above features clips from the film, as well as brief interviews. Shame last week was also […]

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