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Edinburgh 2016: Kevin Smith Part Two - On Making Movies

In this second part of my interview with Kevin Smith I asked the director about how, after some difficult years, he seems to be having more fun with recent projects. At this point does he have the freedom to do...

Edinburgh 2016: Kevin & Harley Quinn Smith Part One - Cam-Girl Controversy!

Regardless of what you think of his movies, Kevin Smith makes one hell of a festival guest. Before I even sat down with him for this interview I'd seen the man put in several performances around Edinburgh; at his sold-out...

Edinburgh 2016: Eddie Izzard and Gregor Fisher Talk WHISKY GALORE

Edinburgh International Film Festival saw out its historic 70th edition last week with a Closing Screening of homegrown comedy, Whisky Galore. Directed by Gillies MacKinnon, the film is a remake of the Alexander Mackendrick Ealing comedy classic of the same...

Edinburgh 2016: Talking HIGHLANDER's 30th Anniversary With the Immortal Christopher Lambert

Connor MacLeod, the Highlander, was reborn into the life of an immortal after dying on a battlefield in the highlands of Scotland in 1536. In 2016 he returns to his homeland once again for the world premiere of a glorious...

Edinburgh 2016: Taika Waititi's HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE Wins On Final Day Of Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 wrapped up over the weekend with a screening of its Closing Film and the announcement of the event’s final prize: the Audience Award. Fittingly Gillies MacKinnon’s warm-hearted and whiskey-soaked remake of Alexander Mackendrick’s Ealing Comedy...

Edinburgh 2016 Presents Highlanders, (Yoga) Hosers And A Whole Lot More!

This week the world’s longest continually running film festival opened its doors for a monumental 70th occasion. Edinburgh International Film Festival may be old, but its content is as fresh as ever. Running June 15-26, the diverse lineup consists of...

EIFF 2011 - JACK GOES BOATING Review

This is a reprint of a review first published at BlogCritics.org. Philip Seymour Hoffman has long since solidified himself as one of the very best character actors working today, moving from role to role and genre to genre and fitting in...

EIFF 2011 - STORMHOUSE Review

This is a reprint of a review first published at BlogCritics.org. Sitting (un)comfortably as one of the biggest disappointments of the EIFF 2011, Dan Turner's Stormhouse takes a potentially interesting premise and (mostly) squanders it on cheap jump scares and unnecessary bouts of...

EIFF 2011 - GHOSTED Review

This is a reprint of a review first published at BlogCritics.org. The prison drama has been done over and over and over again, with typically varied results. Some leave a lasting impression as all-time classics (The Shawshank Redemption springs to mind) while...

EIFF 2011 - PAGE EIGHT Review

This is a reprint of a review first published at BlogCritics.org. Making its world premiere at the EIFF 2011, Page Eight may be about the world where politics and security are inextricably entwined but the strengths of the film lie in the electric...

EIFF 2011 - WEEKENDER Review

This is a reprint of a review first published at BlogCritics.org. Weekender is one of those films which will play a lot better to fans of the particular subject matter, in this case it's the rave music scene of the late...

EIFF 2011 - PERFECT SENSE Review

This is a reprint of a review first published at BlogCritics.org After directing the likes of Hallam Foe and Young Adam, director David Mackenzie returns with an ambitious film about a global apocalypse, seen mostly through the eyes of a budding couple, played by Ewan...

EIFF 2011 - BLEAK NIGHT Review

This is a reprint of a review first published at BlogCritics.orgWinner of the New Current Award at the 2010 Pusan International Film Festival, Sung-hyun Yoon's Bleak Night is one of those modern Korean dramas that moves at its own deliberate pace, taking...

EIFF 2011 - JITTERS Review

[This is a reprint of a review first published at BlogCritics.org]Comparisons are being immediately drawn between Baldvin Zophoníasson's Icelandic teen drama Jitters and the Brit TV show Skins. I've never seen an episode of that show so I can't confirm the comparisons but something tells...

EIFF 2011 - TROLL HUNTER Review

[This is a reprint of a review first published at BlogCritics.org]Troll Hunter is just one in a long line of "found footage" films purporting to be unedited footage showing unbelievable events in the style of a home movie or documentary. The Blair...

EIFF 2011 - THE CALLER Review

[This is a reprint of a review first published at BlogCritics.org]The Caller is a classic example of a film with a great premise that it doesn't know what to do with once it has been introduced. Piling ridiculous plot point on...

EIFF 2011 - THE LAST CIRCUS Review

[This is a reprint of a review first published at BlogCritics.org]Bizzare. Weird. Unique. Bold. All words that could be used to describe Álex de la Iglesia's wonderfully wacky The Last Circus. An obvious cult film right from the outset (i.e. one...

Hey NYC! Wanna Win Tix To Apocalyptic Comedy PHASE 7?

Nicholas Goldbart's pandemic-panic Phase 7 has been making the festival rounds with stops off at SXSW, EIFF, and will soon be making an appearance at Fantasia Fest. Well, that same week Bloody Disgusting and AMC theaters will be bringing it...

EIFF 2011 - ALBATROSS Review

[This is a reprint of a review published at BlogCritics.org]Making its world premiere at the EIFF 2011, Niall MacCormick's coming-of-age comedy-drama Albatross is destined to be one of the most talked about and beloved British films of the year, not least because...

EIFF 2011 - ELITE SQUAD 2: THE ENEMY WITHIN Review

[This is a reprint of a review published at BlogCritics.org]José Padilha's 2007 film Elite Squad was a tough, gritty and frankly badass crime/action film that told of the dangerous, drug-filled slums of Rio De Janeiro and the special police force unit BOPE (aka...