british film, directors, London Film Festival, Movies, Reviews

All alone in bedsit land – Gareth Tunley’s The Ghoul reviewed

Full disclosure, I’ve known The Ghoul’s writer/director Gareth Tunley since the mid-nineties, even shared a flat together in Walthamstow. So approaching his feature debut dispassionately is not really happening.

I first saw the film a year ago before its successful festival run (The Ghoul played the London Film Festival and Mayhem in Nottingham among others), and the first thing that hit me was an overwhelming wave of relief that I didn’t have to look shifty and tell Big Daddy G ‘the cinematography is nice’ before suddenly remembering I had a bus to catch.

I had intended not to write the film up, figuring it as a conflict of interest (like the big I am that I am) and as others have done a sterling job of doing so (including such genre critics as Anton Bitel and Kim Newman in Empire Magazine.

But as The Ghoul is about to be released on the 4th August in the UK by Arrow Releasing on a limited theatrical run with a DVD and Blu Ray release following on 4th September, and as this is my blog and I’m beholden to nobody… fuck it, here’s a review of Gareth Tunley’s The Ghoul. Continue reading

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crime, Home ents, London Film Festival, Movies

Review – A Hard Day

Just noticed that the Korean thriller A Hard Day is available on Amazon Prime Instant, I saw this at last year’s LFF instead of going to see Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini biopic which had a queue out the door (a perfect example of a ‘festival bubble’ film). A Hard Day sadly is not all that great, but I’m still sure I made the right decision. Continue reading

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London Film Festival, Movies, Reviews, Verite film magazine

LFF review – A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

My review of one of the coolest films to screen at The London Film Festival this year has gone up over at Verite. Farsi language vampire spaghetti western may be the first entry in a new film genre Persian Gothic.

http://www.veritefilmmag.com/blog/lff-14-1

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London Film Festival, Movies, Reviews, Verite film magazine

LFF review – The Falling

Okay, I know I’ve overused the word ‘strange’ in this review of Carol Morley’s The Falling, sorry, I blame festival PTSD. Anyway, it’s a really interesting and mysterious film http://www.veritefilmmag.com/blog/lff-14-the-falling-is-a-beguiling-but-elusive-act-of-magic

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