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Film Review: “Blur: New World Towers”

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Blur: New World Towers, 2015

dir. Sam Wrench
★★★★★

Let’s get something straight: I love blur. And I love concert documentaries. This film is like a dream come true for me, it’s absolutely stunning.

It begins with some beautiful establishing shots of Hong Kong, where they recorded The Magic Whip, and in separate interviews, each band member (Damon Albarn is casually aloof, Graham Coxon is slightly neurotic, Alex James is cooking eggs, and Dave Rowntree is Dad) tells the story of how they came together year after Think Thank for the 2009 reunion, and then again for the Olympics concert in Hyde Park, and how during the reunion tour they ended up stranded for five days in Hong Kong, where they decided to hole up in a studio to jam a bit and came up with what a few years later would be shaped up to be The Magic Whip (if you live in Edinburgh, the poster for it is still up at the Fopp storefront, which makes me personally very happy indeed.)

That’s just the basic gist of it, the film itself holds so much more. It’s about their friendship, their commitment to the band, their unity, and inter-spliced with all that is footage from their concerts in Hong Kong and Hyde Park from the Magic Whip tour. In the film they show some of the classics (“Girls and Boys”, “The Universe”, “Bettlebum”, “Song 2” — no “Coffee and TV” alas) and some of their new stuff (“Lonesome Street”, “My Terracotta Heart”, “Ghost Ship”, “Thought I Was a Spaceman”, among others) and it all comes together beautifully and seamlessly. It’s fantastic to see these guys still enjoying what they’re doing, Albarn jumping about on stage, Coxon slaying that guitar, James sitting with his bass smoking a fag, Rowntree being attacked by Albarn’s water bottles.

New World Towers is heartwarming and blood-pumping, will have you singing along and “aaw”-ing at their friendship, and if you’re a fan of Blur, you will really really enjoy this. I could not recommend it enough.

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Hallowe’en Month: 31 Days of Horror

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Hi, my name is Mariana, and I really like horror movies.

This year for Halloween, I decided to do on a little journey and do a month-long horror marathon. So, I picked a different horror film for each day of the month, watched it, and below are some of my thoughts on them. The list was full of some of my personal favourites (like The Thing and Re Animator), films I’d never seen before (like Invaders from Mars and The Devil’s Rejects), and films I was curious about (like Horror Hospital and The Frighteners.) So, Happy Halloween, and I hope you enjoy my thoughts on these films! Let me know in the comments what your favourite horror films are and what you’ve been watching this past Halloween month.

Day One Rosemary’s Baby, 1968 | Roman Polanski

My thoughts: This is an institution, right? I mean, if you’re a fan of horror, you’re a fan of this film. It’s absolutely beautiful, with some of the most haunting score ever. Mia Farrow is fantastic as Rosemary, perfect in her portrayal of fear and anxiety, especially at the very end when she discovers her demon child. And it’s very effective in creating a scary atmosphere of distrust. The conception scene, which is the most important part of the film, is downplayed perfectly, and it is edited in a way that makes us feel confused much like Rosemary, leaving something to the imagination, because it isn’t always about showing everything. Polanski is very economical in this film, and it works brilliantly. I wish they’d shown the demon baby, though. I know why they didn’t, it’s much more effective that way, but gosh it would have been awesome to see the little demon baby.

Day TwoHorror Hospital, 1973 | dir. Antony Balch

My thoughts: This was a bit disappointing. I was really looking forward to it, because it was released by the same people who put Re Animator out on DVD, and it looked super gory. Alas, it was a lot of nonsense and silly lines, and awful awful acting (which I can overlook if the film is interesting.) I wasn’t too keen on it, to be quite honest. I did like he set, though.

Day ThreeDay of the Dead, 1985 | George A. Romero

My thoughts: This was my first time seeing this, and I have to say, it is now my favourite of the Romero zombie trilogy. It’s super fun, with a really cool leading lady, and a fantastically over-acting performance from Joe Pilato. What’s not to like? I love the small scale of it, and the tension between the scientists and the army guys is palpable. The look of the zombies is great as well, and you can tell these Romero films are a heavy influence on the modern zombie movies/TV series. I think my favourite thing about it, though, is how bright it is. It doesn’t put the characters is total darkness, breathing harshly with their breaths fogging before their faces as they run away. It’s all clear, they know what they’re doing, everything has a purpose. It’s tight and effective, and I really enjoyed it a lot.

(side question: is the end of Planet Terror a reference to the end of this movie?)

Day FourDawn of the Dead, 1978 | dir. George A. Romero

My thoughts: This film is great. We had a bit of a chat about this film and the remake on YouTube, but I’ll summarise it a bit here. I really like this. I know it’s read a lot as a critique on Capitalist society and consumerism, which I suppose makes sense, with all the zombies walking towards the shopping mall and all that, but looking on the POV of the main characters, I’d say a shopping mall is a very good place to hide during an apocalypse. There’s plenty of food, water, bathrooms, even beds. It’s comfortable, and highly secured if you can get all the rotten things out and lock yourself in. I personally think that’s quite clever. Also, I quite like how in these Romero zombie films, there’s this one female lead who makes it to the end through either cleverness or bad-assery, or general good luck I suppose, like in this film, because that woman is mostly useless, haha. The fights with the zombies are fun, though, and there are some really cool moments of tension. Really, really fun film.

Day FiveNight of the Living Dead, 1968 | dir. George A. Romero

My thoughts: An absolute classic. It’s like watching history, sort of, because it’s such a pivotal film in horror history. Although not as dynamic as Dawn or Day of the Dead, it’s still really fun to watch, and a true masterpiece.

Day SixAlien, 1979 | dir. Ridley Scott

My thoughts: Another absolute classic. I love the Alien films (especially Alien 3), and this one holds a special place on the hearts of all horror fans, I think. It’s the ultimate creature film, and it doesn’t follow the now-cliched tropes of useless leading characters who allow themselves to be killed because they’re too stupid. Ripley is probably one of the greatest action heroes of all time, but the film does a really good job of concealing its lead character until the perfect people. At first you might think that Captain Dallas is the lead because, you know, he’s the clever guy, the bearded white guy, the captain. The boom! Here comes Ripley, taking charge and being awesome. It’s scary in all the right places, and Ridley Scott makes beautiful use of darkness and light. The make-up is really great, and the John Hurt scene is probably one of the best in horror/sci-fi history, yes? I would highly recommend doing a marathon of all four Alien films, and then maybe check out our Alien discussion on YouTube.

Day SevenHalloween, 1978 | dir. John Carpenter

My thoughts: As you can see from my bio, John Carpenter is one of my favourite directors, and this film is one of his many masterpieces. It’s the slasher movie that slashes all slasher movies. It’s the ultimate teen scar, and it’s absolutely fucking awesome. Michael Meyers is a really scary villain because there’s no humanity in him, his origin story is already all messed up, and he is only a psychopath, which makes him truly truly frightening, which in turn makes it all the more effective when he gets his rampage started. And the music! The main theme is so great, those few notes sparking fear as they begin and we see him in a corner, hovering over our characters, wondering when he’s about to attack. Jamie Lee Curtis is also great, and it was very clever of Carpenter hiring her as a tribute to Hitchcock, Psycho and her mother, Janet Leigh, because she brings the same sort of vulnerability and strength to this role. Such a fantastic film, and definitely a must-see in every Halloween masterlist!

Day EightInvaders from Mars, 1986 | dir. Tobe Hooper

My thoughts: Well, first of all, this was mislabeled on Netflix as horror, when it’s just sci-fi with some rubber puppets. Second of all, I was excited to see the Cannon logo because I thought ‘hey this is going to be super schlock-y’, but really, I think it was a little too good. The story is pretty neat, the visual effects are really good, especially the Martian creatures, and overall this is a pretty solid B-type movie. It’s really enjoyable even though it’s not horror, but I think it would’ve been more fun if it’d been a bit worse, haha.

BONUS: Feeding Frenzy | dir. Jay Bauman, Mike Stoklasa

➝ SO on this day, Stephen lent me his Feeding Frenzy DVD so I could prepare for our RedLetterMedia radio show, and I decided to watch it straight away because it looked brilliant. And, boy. They did not disappoint. This film is, according to everyone involved in the making of it, a homage to the rubber puppet movies from the 70s-80s, like Gremlins, Critters, Ghoulies, etc. Jay Bauman created the little monsters that were small latex balls with teeth, and Mr Plinkett was the main villain. It’s brilliant, super fun to watch, the characters are really funny, and Mike managed to get a laugh at every scene he’s in, obviously.

Day NineA Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984 | dir. Wes Craven

My thoughts: This was probably one of the first horror movies I ever saw when I was a kid, and I hadn’t seen it in a long long time. But, boy, is it amazing! Freddy Krueger is an awesome villain, and this film has one of my favourite deaths of all time — Johnny Depp being swallowed by the bed and gallons and gallons of blood shooting out. So fucking good. God bless this film.

Day TenScream, 1996 | dir. Wes Craven

My thoughts: I love this, all right? How subversive it is and all that. But I always forget that this is a Wes Craven movie and think of it as a Kevin Williamson movie instead. All these kids going through each other’s windows. And then I keep thinking about a Scream-Dawson’s Creek crossover. Anyway, this is still great, it has one of the best opening sequences in any horror movie.

However, my DVD copy had the Scary Movie trailer on it, so I’ll deduct points for that.

Day ElevenIt Follows, 2014 | dir. David Robert Mitchell

My thoughts: Mainstream horror movie that isn’t filled with jump scares and stupid characters, what’s not to like??? I really like the premise, how the person has to have sex in order to survive. It’s very subversive of the “rules of horror” described by Randy in Scream, and it holds up pretty well. Some say that it doesn’t make sense because where does the demon goes after it kills the person, but they explain it in the film that it goes back to the previous person, which is demon thing goes back to Jay after brutally murdering Long Haired Dude. Anyway. It’s a great film, at least 90% of it is great, I wasn’t too happy with the ending, it felt very haphazard, but otherwise, it’s pretty fantastic, it looks absolutely gorgeous, and it especially stands out against all the Paranormal Activities and Sinisters and Purges.

Day TwelveThe Silence of the Lambs, 1991 | dir. Jonathan Demme

My thoughts: All right, all right, so this isn’t a “horror” movie, but it’s often put in the category, and since I love it and this week is essay-writing week, I figured I might as well. I love love love Silence of the Lambs. Not only is it a fine piece of filmmaking and storytelling, but it’s got some brilliant acting from Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster. I’m really into studying serial killers and watching shows and movies about them, which is why this film appeals to me so much, but it goes beyond that, because it’s a psychopath studying a psychopath, and Hannibal Lecter is just one of the best villains ever. This film (and Red Dragon, which I really like as well, even though it is a Brett Ratner film [shudders]) is the reason why I can’t watch the TV series Hannibal. There’s just no other Hannibal Lecter for me. Anyway, I won’t ramble on, but this film is absolutely fantastic, and it does have its scary moments, like the investigation scene in the warehouse that always has me on the edge of my seat even though I know what’s going to happen. Brilliant, brilliant film.

Day ThirteenThe Evil Dead, 1981 | dir. Sam Raimi

My Thoughts: I mean, what horror marathon would be complete without this classic? More interestingly than my thoughts on a version of a film I’ve already seen before, check out my post about the ALL NIGHT HORROR MADNESS on the 17th when I watched The Evil Dead on 35mm and it was AWESOME.

Day FourteenEvil Dead 2, 1987 | dir. Sam Raimi

My thoughts: Who doesn’t love Evil Dead 2? It’s so camp and crazy and hilariously gory in all the right (and wrong) places, and it feels a lot more like a crack-y B-movie than The Evil Dead, which just makes it all the more fun. From Ash cutting off his hand to the big demon monster thing at the end, it’s a crazy ride that does not disappoint. God bless Sam Raimi.

Day FifteenArmy of Darkness, 1992 | dir. Sam Raimi

My thoughts: I guess I should point out that my copy of this film has the alternate ending, which I didn’t know until I talked to a friend about it and found out we had completely different endings in mind. Mine is the one where Ash ends up way in the future and screams in dismay, so it’s absolutely hilarious (sorry Bruce.) Anyway, other than that, I really really love this movie. It’s more of a comedy than a horror, for sure, especially with the skeletons bobbing about as they march to the battle against the feudal village. Then all the stuff with Ash in the forest is brilliant. And what’s awesome and consistent throughout the trilogy is the solid quality of the practical visual effects and make-up. It looks really cool, and still holds up today, which is great. I should probably watch the special features with the proper ending, though.

Day SixteenHorns, 2013 | dir. Alexandre Aja

My thoughts: Okay, I am aware that this isn’t horror, but it is listed as horror on Netflix, and I’ve been meaning to watch it for ages, so I used this whole thing as an excuse to do that, so sue me. Anyway. This film is pretty cool, though the end is a bit predictable when we get to the middle of the film. And I love Daniel Radcliffe, but I don’t think he is quite right for this role. He’s just too sweet-looking, too nice… I can’t picture him getting that angry. Still, though, it was a pretty interesting story, and the film feels almost like a fairytale, which I liked. However, I am super tired of the “friendzoned”-douche trope and the all-the-guys-love-the-quirky-girl trope. Please, Hollywood, let them die.

Day SeventeenEraserhead, 1977 | dir. David Lynch

My thoughts: Wow. I’m still a David Lynch virgin (sorry) so this was my first ever time watching this, and it was genuinely the scariest thing I’ve watched thus-far this month. The imagery is hauntingly daunting, and there’s something about that world that is incredibly unsettling. It’s almost like a storybook, but evil. And this is definitely where the Drambuie guys got the inspiration for those fucked-up adverts of theirs that make no sense.

Day Eighteen Tremors, 1990 | dir. Ron Underwood

My thoughts: Crawly monsters and Kevin Bacon in a mullet, need I say more?

Day NineteenThe Birds, 1963 | dir. Alfred Hitchcock

My thoughts: This was actually my first time ever seeing this, which I suppose is a travesty, considering it’s such a classic. I quite liked it, it’s very funny nowadays, but I can imagine people in the 60s going crazy about how scary it was. The birds were the best part, clearly superimposed, absolutely wonderful. But it’s really more about the characters than the bird attacks, and I quite liked how they performed the characters’ interactions and reactions to the attacks.

Day TwentyThe Devil’s Rejects, 2005 | dir. Rob Zombie

My thoughts: I watched House of 1000 Corpses a while ago but never got around to watching the sequel until I added it to this exercise. Which is a right shame, because The Devil’s Rejects is a more interesting film than House of 1000 Corpses. It’s got all that gore and those gross-out moments Rob Zombie seems to really enjoy, but the characters have more to do as characters rather than just people killing other people. I thought it was quite cool how we’re supposed to feel bad for these murderous rednecks at the end even though they are mess murderers. All in all, it was pretty good, well done.

Day Twenty-OneUnder the Skin, 2013 | dir. Jonathan Glazer

My thoughts: God, I love this film. It fucked me up the first time I watched it and it’s been fucking me up ever since. It’s horrifying in its use of silence and light, and the image of the alien dying at the end is haunting. I love the simplicity of it, the lack of exposition, we never know what’s happening, who she is, what she wants, all we know is that she hunts men and the black goo sucks them in, and that’s it. There are no demons or exploding bodies or extreme gore effects, and yet it’s much scarier. The scene with the family on the beach is particularly poignant, even after seeing the film multiple times.

Day Twenty-TwoMay, 2002 | dir. Lucky McKee

My thoughts: What? What?! Okay, so this is Pieces but with a lady doing the killings right? Plus, she’s properly messed up in the head, and the whole film is a build-up to the last fifteen-twenty minutes. Nothing much happens, but building up the tension and May’s anger. And it’s not really a tale of haunted dolls like it might seem at first, it’s really about this lonely woman who is crippled with anxiety and mental issues that cause her to lash out to the point where she not only hurts others but herself. I liked it quite a bit, it’s always fun to have women being the killers for once, and there is something very vulnerable about May that makes her even more interesting as an evil protagonist. Plus, there are non-sexualised lesbians, which is always great as well.

Day Twenty-ThreeThe Thing, 1982 | dir. John Carpenter

My thoughts: My all-time favourite, obviously. I love love love this film with all my heart. It’s proper scary, claustrophobic and fantastically gory. The practical effects are gorgeous, and the music is stunning. It’s pretty fantastic that John Carpenter managed to create such a compelling film with all these thirteen characters virtually stuck in the same three rooms together. There isn’t a lot of action, it’s mostly psychological horror, a tale of paranoia, an it still holds up.

Day Twenty-FourRe-Animator, 1985 | dir. Stuart Gordon

My thoughts: Also one of my favourites. It has one of the best lines in moves ever “cat dead — details later”. I mean, how can you beat that? Well, perhaps with a severed head trying to give head and a man being strangled by re-animated bowels. Gosh, what a brilliant film.

Day Twenty-FiveBeyond Re-Animator, 2003 | dir. Brian Yuzna

My thoughts: For some reason this reminds me of Alien3. Probably the whole prison thing, because there are literally no other similarities. Anyway. I enjoyed this. It’s not as good as Re-Animator, but it’s still entertaining, though there’s more violence than gore, which is not really much fun. Plus there are no severed heads, so what’s the point? Still, it’s a pretty decent sequel that highlights just how insane West is, and that is pretty cool.

Day Twenty-SixIdle Hands, 1999 | dir. Rodman Flender

My thoughts: That was a LOT of fun. It’s a really silly film, more of a comedy horror, really, but super fun. The concept is just insane, and the execution is really great. I love that the serial killer in this slasher movie is a hand, because it’s so ridiculous, but the deaths are still super gruesome and there’s a lot of gore to keep you entertained. I don’t like Jessica Alba, though, she’s so blah in everything, and in this in particular. A more spunky actor, someone who actually has more of a personality onscreen would be more interesting. Still, great film, really enjoyed it.

Day Twenty-SevenThe Beast Within, 1982 | dir. Philippe Mora

My thoughts: This film started out really weak. The opening scene is all right, sets up everything quite well, but then the next hour is super boring. A few murders happen, but the story stagnates and we spend way too much time on the Most Annoying Movie Character in History (Amanda) and I was almost giving up hope that this film was going to be a bust when suddenly, the last half hour happened, and it is glorious! Incredibly gruesome monster transformation (a la An American Werewolf in London), beheading, shooting. It’s great! I’d say definitely sit through the first hour of the film because it pays off just to watch that transformation.

Day Twenty-Eight From Beyond, 1986 | Stuart Gordon

My thoughts: That was excellent! Made by the people who made Re-Animator, this film really feels a lot like it (plus it features Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton) because of the HP Lovecraft connection, but also because of the really awesome practical effects. Some great animatronics and really fun make-up. Ken Foree is also there, which makes it even better. It’s all about the overacting and crazy extra-dimensional beings in this film, and I absolutely loved it!

Day Twenty-NineThe Frighteners, 1996 | dir. Peter Jackson

My thoughts: So, this is more of a comedy than a horror, but it has ghosts on it! And spooky murders! Sort of. Anyway. It’s pretty good. The CGI is absolutely abysmal though, even for 1996, which is surprising considering Peter Jackson would go on to make Lord of the Rings a little over a couple of year later. I don’t mind that, though. What really stopped me from really enjoying this film was the Danny Elfman score. It just sounded too much like a Tim Burton movie, and when it sounds like Tim Burton but doesn’t look like Tim Burton it gets far too confusing. Didn’t like that at all. But the film itself was okay, a bit like Casper meets Ghosbusters, but oh well.

Day ThirtyStarry Eyes, 2014 | dir. Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer

My thoughts: First of all, wow! Not at all what I was expecting. This film is pretty much amazing, really grotesque, and proper scary at times. The plot itself is a bit silly (kinda like Starlet meets Rosemary’s Baby?) but the execution is fantastic. The film also looks really good, there are some gorgeous shots, and the gore effects and make-up are great. I would really recommend this!

Day Thirty-OneEvent Horizon, 1997 | dir. Paul W.S. Anderson

My thoughts: So, this happened. It’s pretty good, I’ll say that. I liked some of the visual a lot, especially at the end when those grotesque images flash on the screen, that was great. However, I thought that the story of the previous crew of the ship was probably more interesting than this one haha. It was a good film, though. I’ll definitely be watching it again, though maybe not as a scary movie. It works more as sci-fi, even though most people say it’s horror first… Oh, well. Still a great way to end the marathon! It’s always fun to watch Laurence Fishburne.

Thanks for reading, and have a SPOOKY Halloween! 

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At the Cinema: All Night Horror Madness

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Last night I attended the All Night Horror Madness marathon at the Cameo Cinema for the very first time! I’d always wanted to go and it just so happened that it matched my movie-watching Halloween plans as well — and you can follow my progress through my hand-picked Halloween month movies on instagram —  which was great! Anyway, I got these tickets months ago, and finally, finally yesterday was the day! I was super excited, because the first film of the night — the nine-hour marathon, from ten past eleven in the evening to a quarter past eight in the morning, and I stayed awake through ALL OF IT — was none other than The Evil Dead! Not only The Evil Dead, but the 2003 uncut version on 35mm, which was super cool! In fact, all of the films but one where on 35mm.

So, anyway, let us begin our journey…

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The first film of the evening was THE EVIL DEAD, as I’ve said before. This version was uncut, and I hadn’t seen it like that before, because my own DVD is different, so it was quite the experience, watching a film I’d seen before but with bits I didn’t know. And there’s something about watching a film like that in a room filled with like-minded people that fills you with a strange sort of mirth that hardly belongs to a film about evil spirits possessing teenagers in a forest. But regardless, it was brilliant fun laughing at Bruce Campbell’s outlandish facial expressions throughout the film, and at the rest of the actors too, who are each their own brand of absolutely weird. But what had us all laughing out heads off every single time was a stock image of a full moon superimposed on the corner of the frame without any type of blending so that it just looked like, black box on the frame against the image, and it was so funny. There are lots of funny things about The Evil Dead, and that only added to the fun. God bless Sam Raimi.

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After The Evil Dead, we had a bit of a break, and before the SURPRISE FILM, they showed a few old school horror trailers which were AMAZING. The first was about a murderous Grizzly bear who attacked random campers to eat them alive, and the brilliant voice of the narrator saying GRIZZLY in that awesome old-school style was the best. Then it was immediately followed by perhaps the best trailer of what looks like the best film ever — DR BLACK AND MR HYDE. Rhymes, soul music, the swagger that not even Robert Louis Stevenson could capture on paper. This trailer is everything anyone could ever ask for a trailer, and it has perhaps one of the best lines ever uttered by a human being: “don’t give him no sass or he’ll kick yo ass.”

And finally, the final trailer was for THE DEVIL’S RAIN, and amazing church demon film featuring a shirtless, straw-cowboy-hat-wearing William Shatner and incredibly graphic gore. It looks amazing, and I will definitely look it up to watch sometime, because gosh. Gosh!

After the trailers, it was time for the surprise film, which turned out to be Cronenberg’s SHIVERS. They couldn’t get a hold of the 35mm copy of it, so they showed us a digital copy, which actually was a very nice Arrow Video DVD, so it looked pretty good. I’d never heard of that film, so I was going in completely blind, and it was probably one of my favourites of the evening. If not THE favourite, not counting The Evil Dead. It was just so weird and fucked up, definitely very Cronenberg-y. I won’t give away much of the plot in case you want to watch it, but it’s about this apartment complex in an island where life is perfect, until this doctor guy starts experimenting with parasites that cause humans to go berserk, and that’s when we arrive in the story. It’s pretty fantastic, there’s some brilliant bad acting, which is what you always want in films like these, of course And the lead actor has some of the best “nope” moments ever. I would definitely recommend finding an Arrow Video copy of it, because I definitely will!

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After Shivers, there was a raffle contest thingie! I had a free raffle, and then two special ones that I purchased for the fancy prizes. And I, of course, being of the terrible luck that I am, won nothing. One of the prizes was this gorgeous poster of They Live, and I wanted it so so so bad. But alas, ’twas not my day. Maybe next year. And anyway, after losing as usual, I was looking forward to watching the third film of the evening — THE HIDDEN. Featuring Kyle MacLachlan. I’d just purchased the Twin Peaks boxset two days before, so that was a very interesting coincidence. The Hidden was yet another film I had never heard of, and it turned out to be more sci-fi than horror, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. There were some homoerotic undertones that I probably read way too much into, but overall the film was pretty fun. Chases, explosions, funny space guns — what’s not to like? Also — incredibly high-waisted 1980s trousers. It was a great film, and a good choice for the middle of the marathon because it was somewhat lighthearted and it went by really quickly.

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There were yet more trailers after The Hidden. They all had titles like “Don’t Look in the Basement” and “Don’t Answer the Phone” and were all predictably hilarious, bringing up the morale after six hours of constant movie-watching in the same not-so-comfortable-anymore cinema chair.

Finally, we’d reached the home stretch. The final two films. The second-to-last was another I’d never heard of before called PIECES, which is a pretty standard slasher/serial killer story, about this guy who chops up co-eds to build up the perfect woman (his mum.) I figured out who the killer was at the very beginning, but it was still a really fun film, because it was SUPER gory and there was some really really terrible acting/dubbing, which just made it all the better. And some of the worst tennis players I’ve ever seen, ha-ha. This I would highly recommend, especially with a group of friends, because it’s way more fun if you can laugh at it with other people.

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And the grand finale of the evening was — ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS. This one, I’d seen before many times at HMV and Fopp while browsing the horror section. The film has a bit of a Cannibal Holocaust vibe so I kinda knew what I was going to get with it even though I didn’t know the plot. I knew not to expect Romero-levels of social critique or anything like that, and I don’t know if it was the fatigue of having been awake for twenty-four hours straight, but I found this movie a bit disappointing. It definitely is in the bottom of the list of the line-up, and I felt myself glazing over multiple times during, and wishing everyone would just die already so it could end. In terms of zombies, I’ll always love Day of the Dead more than anything else, and Zombie was just far too Cannibal Holocaust-y for my taste — and I hate that movie with a passion.

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Overall, I loved loved loved this first ANHM experience. It was super fun, and fantastic to share these films with people who like them like I do! I can’t wait to go back next year and see what they’ll have lined up then.

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P.S. I am currently working on a masterpost of all the films I’ve been watching in October for Halloween, so keep an eye on this space (on the 31st of October, anyway,) and in the meantime, follow us on instagram where I keep everyone updated on the daily films. And don’t miss out on Filmology on RadioENRG Monday from 4-5PM (GMT). For links, check out the index on this blog, or keep an eye out on our Facebook/twitter.

EIFF 2015 Round-Up – The Reviews

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So, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is over, which is sad, but it means it’s time to post my thoughts on the films I watched this year! It was a lot more than last year, which is great. I saw some really great films, and some really shitty ones, so there was nice balance.

I attended the Empire Podcast Live with Robert Sheehan, Emily Mortimer and Corin Hardy, and that was really fun! I also sang at karaoke, talked to a lot of great people, and met Freeman Agyeman (the high point of the whole thing, by the way.) It was a brilliant experience, and EIFF 2016 cannot come soon enough!

Anyway, here are the titles which I reviewed:

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Mariana’s Top 20 Movie Scenes

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(so far)

1. Opening Credits — Drive

This scene perfectly captures the atmosphere of the movie, from Kavinsky’s “Nightcall”playing in the background, to the city lights flashing by Ryan Gosling’s stoic features. It has a timeless feel to it, like this could be happening in the 80s as well as today, and it does a brilliant job of introducing the character of Drive.

2. End scene — Fight Club

A truly explosive ending to an explosive film (pun intended.) This scene is the perfect wrap up to Fight Club, not only because of the realisation of Tyler Durden’s mayhem plans, but also because The Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind?” playing in the background is the anthem to the Narrator’s life at that moment. And the last line of the film, “you met me at a very strange time in my life” sums it up perfectly.

3. Opening scene — The Social Network

What’s the perfect way to begin the story of a intellectual asshole? Take it back to the roots and make it about a girl. This opening, in a crowded bar, with just Jesse Eisenberg and Rooney Mara talking for five straight minutes, is a wonderful way to show you what you’re in for right at the very start. This is going to be about dialogue and characters, more so than the plot itself. This is the tipping point for the rest of the story, the reason why everything happens, the catalyst. It’s also a technically brilliant scene, because it has Eisenberg and Mara in top shape, and Fincher bringing his A-game to shoot this scene in an actual crowded bar, which gives it a much more realistic feel.

4. Dance scene — Moonrise Kingdom 

This is a great scene because it has all the best Wes Anderson has to offer. Nostalgia, symmetry, romance, endearment. These kids are living on the beach, dancing in their underwear, and are perfectly happy. François Hardy’s tune in the background just adds to the nostalgia of the scene and slight awkwardness with which the characters move is a really sweet expression of young love. The composition of the shots is also really beautiful, full of pastel blues and yellows, storybook-like.

5. Robert’s letter — Cloud Atlas 

Frobisher’s storyline is perhaps the most heartbreaking of the film, and with this final letter to Sixsmith, he beautifully lets out his last feelings and also in a way brings all of the other timelines together. Due to his Sextet (and his stolen waistcoat as well, I suppose), Frobisher is the character who maintains the bonds of the timelines, and his demise is heartbreaking, especially since we carry on with his timeline with Sixsmith who never gets over his love for him. And I must add that as a resident of Edinburgh, it’s very painful walking by the Scott Monument every day and think about their missed chance on top of it.

6. Breakfast montage — Citizen Kane

What an amazing way of showing the character development! In this short montage, Welles takes us through years of Kane’s life, showing how this young optimist becomes the bitter old tycoon whose last words were “Rosebud.” The make-up is stunning, and the costumes are fantastic, especially with regards to Mrs Kane, showing the changes of the fashion. And both actors portray the bitterness and disdainfulness of their characters really well.

7. Spock’s death — Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan 

One of the most heartbreaking scenes in the history of cinema, Spock’s death scene is still moving even after having seen it a dozen times. Spock is an amazing character, who grows through his friendship with Kirk, and whose love for Kirk makes him grow as well. Their bond is so strong, and that is particularly well highlighted in this scene when Spock gives his speech to Kirk as he is about to die of radiation poisoning. Kirk’s reaction (“KHAAAAAAAN!!!”) makes this scene truly legendary, and it has gone down in history as one of the most memorable moments in cinema history.

8. Forest chase sequence — Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

One of the coolest entries on this list, this scene is where Guy Richie’s amazing directorial eye comes to play. It is a straightforward chase scene in the woods made extraordinary by the camera work alone. From jump cuts to slow-motion and also bullet-time. The attention to detail, from the sound design to the set, are mesmerising, and make this scene perhaps one of the best of the film, which is already far superior than the first one.

9. Black Room  — Under the Skin

Under the Skin is an uncomfortable scene to watch, and this scene where Scarlett Johansson brings an unsuspecting horny man into the Black Room to be absorbed as nutrients is perhaps one of the most unsettling parts of the film. It’s all due to the music, something drummy and slightly electronic, and all too quiet, as they shed their clothes walking further into the room. We see the vulnerable man, erection pointing upwards, be dragged under the goo without being any the wiser, and Johansson is completely impassive the whole time. Truly an unsettling scene, and masterfully handled by Jonathan Glazer.

10. Library dance — The Breakfast Club

The most iconic scene of one of the most iconic movies. The Breakfast Club is an ’80s classic, and this scene, where the Princess, Athlete, Criminal, Basket Case and Brain have fun together, dancing and just being kids without the prejudices of high school cliques is truly wonderful. It highlights the bond they’ve formed during detention and it shows that when kids are allowed to just be kids, they can have fun regardless of their clique affiliations.

Also the dances are pretty cool. Emilio Estevez has some serious moves!

11. Final hospital scene — A Clockwork Orange

The ending Alex DeLarge deserves. He is the ultimate evil protagonist, an anti-hero who loves ultraviolence and the old in-out-in-out. Throughout the film we see him reach his peak and then his downfall, then his redemption, and downfall again. By the time we reach the end of this story, we are rooting for him, because everyone else seems to be even worse, so when in these final moments we realise that his “cure” has been cured, we are surprisingly relieved. Alex’s life will be completely different from now on, he is no longer just a delinquent teen, but rather someone who holds power over authorities and will probably use it to his advantage, because he is no idiot. This scene is the ultimate punchline for the whole film, and it is brilliant.

12. Throat slashed — Gone Girl

In Gone Girl, you never know who to root for. While Nick is clearly innocent, he is also a bit of an ass, and while Amy is clearly a bit insane, she is totally awesome, so it is fitting that they end up together. But the best, most exciting scene of the film is the pièce de résistance of Amy’s makeshift plan after being robbed. You can see her cunning eyes calculating every outcome in the situation with Collings, and I’m sure that she knows from the very moment they meet at the casino that this will be the outcome. The way she manipulates him, manipulates the security cameras, the entire situation, it’s masterful, and this scene is the climax of the event (quite literally, actually,) as she slashes his throat and bathes herself in his blood. Amy Dunne is a truly cunning woman capable of anything, and it’s not until this very moment that we find that out, and it is amazing.

13. Train conversation — Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Such an sweet, awkward scene of our lead characters meeting for the “first time.” The way they approach each other, Jim Carrey’s slightly shy expressions, Kate Winslet’s wonderfully endearing performance, it all comes together with the cleverly edited music. The music plays only when they are speaking and when they are silent, the music quiets as well, which only increases the awkwardness of these two people who are dragged together by fate again and again despite their efforts. This is one of my favourite movies of all time, and this particular scene is one of my favourites in the film. There’s something delicate about the way it’s shot (all Gondry I’m sure) ad the dialogue is so wonderfully realistic and strange (all Kaufman I’m sure). I love it.

14. Shark — The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

This is one of the final scenes of my favourite Wes Anderson film, where the Zissou crew & co. go underwater on the submarine to finally spot the shark. The animation of the sea creatures is exquisite, especially the stop-motion shark, and the music makes it feel all the more magical. This whole film feels like a fairy tale, and it deserved a special ending like this, where Zissou realises the shark is too beautiful to harm. It’s a final stellar performance by the whole cast, especially Bill Murray, who shines particularly bright.

15. Sibling lip sync duet — The Skeleton Twins 

(they didn’t have the clip on YouTube, so enjoy the music video of the song with Andrew McCarthy instead, it’s just as good)
I absolutely love this film. Saw it at the EIFF last year and fell in love instantly. It’s a story about twins who stop talking to each other for years and are suddenly thrust back together. They must deal with all the things they’ve done wrong and have to repair their relationship. In this scene, in an effort to cheer up Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader starts to lip sync to “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship, dancing flamboyantly around the living room, goading her to join him. It’s clearly something they’ve done many times before, a sibling tradition, and Wiig and Hader have such amazing chemistry that it feels so, so natural to see them do this. When she joins us, it becomes even more special. It’s an amazing scene, not necessarily important to the plot, but definitely important for their relationship, and also very funny to watch.

16. O Captain, My Captain — Dead Poets Society

My all-time favourite movie. I know, super cliche, but I don’t care. This is one of the most classic scenes in history, entirely memorable, just like the film itself. After Neil’s death, Professor Keating is fired, and as he leaves the office, the Dead Poets stand up on their chairs, shouting Whitman’s immortal words, “o captain, my captain.” Not quite a barbaric YAWP, but moving and beautiful, especially after the look on Robin Williams’ face as he watches his students show how much they care for him. This film is both heart-warming and heartbreaking, and this scene is a tangle of both.

17. Hotel shootout — Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver is a classic every movie buff needs to see, and the ending is very similar to A Clockwork Orange, with the anti-hero becoming a sort of martyr in the eyes of the general public. In one of the final scenes of the film, Travis goes after the people who are keeping Iris as a prostitute and shoots everybody, even getting shot himself. He is a war veteran, clearly suffering from PTSD after Vietnam, and something is triggered in him when he sees Iris for the first time which makes him act this way. But he is not a bad man, his intentions are always good deep down somewhere, and in the end all he does is shoot the bad guys (even though he almost did try to assassinate the presidential candidate. It’s a great scene, bloody, violent, but not too long, just enough to get you jumping in your seat in apprehension and concern for Travis.

18. Kiss — Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain 

After an entire film of waiting and waiting for these two to find each other — rather, for Amélie to take charge of her own life and allow herself to be happy — this is the final pay-off. Amélie and Nino kissing, gently, quietly, shyly, and so so sweetly. It’s perhaps one of the most romantic movie kisses I’ve ever seen, and the run up to this moment was so full of obstacles and diversions, so when it happens, we are as relieved and happy as Raymond Dufayel watching from his window. And the silence makes it all the more powerful, all the more romantic. This is a beautiful scene.

19. Confession — Snowpiercer

As they reach the front of the train, realising it might be a dead-end, Chris Evans’ character confesses to what life was like after the boarded the Snowpiercer. The poor were forced into cannibalism to decrease their numbers, and when he says “babies taste best,” it is like a punch in the gut. His performance is so raw, so heartfelt, that you can’t help but feel for him. They did it out of necessity, because otherwise they would all die, and it works wonderfully as a metaphor to our own society. The poor are often forced into doing things that strip them of their dignity because the gap between them and the rich is so big. After all that happened during the film, all the deaths and fights and losses, and all that is to come, this scene which is calm, silent, feels foreign which makes it so powerful. It’s a shame that Snowpiercer didn’t get widely released, because it truly is a fantastic film.

20. “Marry me” — The Young Victoria

Probably the odd-one out in this list, but I don’t care. The Young Victoria is a beautiful film written by Julian Fellowes (creator of Downton Abbey), which follows Queen Victoria in the beginning of her reign and her relationship with Prince Albert. This is the proposal scene, which gives me butterflies every time. There is something so sweet and innocent about their relationship, and the happy look on their faces after she proposes is magical. Their love for each other is so clear and pure and beautiful, and I truly believe that it was like that in real life — even though they weren’t as good-looking as Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend. Still, a gorgeous scene to wrap up this list.

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And now for some film music…

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Inspired by this BBC Radio 2 article about Mark Kermode’s favourite electronic songs from films, I thought I’d share here a few (not all, because that would indeed be a very long list) of my favourite songs (electronic and otherwise) from films, because music is indeed such an important part of filmmaking and experiencing film.

The Graduate: Simon & Garfunkel – “The Sound of Silence”
Why: The Graduate isn’t a happy film, and the ending is incredibly bittersweet. Even though we know that both Elaine and Ben are better off being away from Mrs Robinson, perhaps being together is not the best thing for them, as they only knew each other for a day before “falling in love.” I think “The Sound of Silence” illustrates that feeling in a very interesting way, in the very end of the film, when both Ben and Elaine finally realise what they just did and that maybe it wasn’t the best thing for them. As the song plays over them and as their smiles fade, we are left with an unsettling feeling that carries on way after the credits finish to roll.

The Social Network: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – “In Motion”
Why: I love The Social Network. It is one of my favourite David Fincher films because it has such a unique look to it (it’s sort of blue-filtered rather than the usual yellow from Fincher’s other features, for instance) and it was the first time Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross worked in his films (followed by The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Gone Girl) to create beautiful, gripping, atmospheric sounds that resonated beautifully with the story being told. In this film, they went mostly electronic, and “In Motion” is my favourite song from the score, because it has the overarching piano motif that carries out through the entire movie, following Mark as he buries himself deeper in his ambition.

But another piece that I absolutely love from the score, which I highly recommend you check out, is their version of ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ by Edvard Grieg. It plays during the “Winklevi” twins’ rowing competition and it is absolutely gorgeous over the beautifully shot sequence.

The Guest: Love and Rockets: “Haunted When the Minutes Drag”
Why: The Guest was a surprising hit for me. I wasn’t expecting to love that film so much (as you can read on my review,) and the soundtrack in particular was a wonderful surprise. It was very Drive-esque, with 80s-sounding songs and tons of synth, which I absolutely love. But this song in particular has been my obsession for the past week or so. It’s as unexpected as it is cool, much like the film itself.

(500) Days of Summer: Wolfmother – “Vagabond”
Why: Perhaps the underdog of the film’s carefully curated soundtrack, behind Regina Spektor, The Smiths, Carla Bruni and Simon & Garfunkel, Wolfmother’s “Vagabond” is my favourite from the soundtrack not because it’s the best, but because the sequence in which we hear the song is made to look like a music video.

Because the director Marc Webb has a background in music videos, it really is no surprise that his feature films would retain a bit of that, and this particular part of the movie definitely illustrates his true calling. It is a beautiful sequence, only couple of minutes long, but it does more for Tom’s character development than a dialogue would.

The Breakfast Club: Simple Minds – “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”
Why: A legend. A classic. The perfect song to end a film about misfits coming together in spite their differences. I saw Simple Minds live a couple of years ago, and the whole crowd sang along to this in such a phenomenal way. It’s more tan a song, it’s a generation-defining anthem. I’d put it next to “Hey Jude” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the List of Songs to Always Sing Along. But most importantly, it sums up the film, and much like Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence,” it also implies a facet of melancholy in the film, that the ending is probably not going to be a happy one, if he Judd Nelson is punching the air in freeze frame because the got the girl.

Fight Club: The Pixies – “Where Is My Mind?”
Why: Fight Club is one of my favourite films of all time. I love what it says about the late 90s male psyche and how it shows the ugly side of masculinity. It’s an oft-misunderstood film (like 500 Days of Summer) but I believe that even today it has a lot to say. The Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind?” plays at the very end, over the sounds of the skyscrapers exploding as the Narrator holds Marsha’s hand and says “you met me at a very strange time in my life.” It again sums up the film in such a simple but effective way, and you can’t help but fall in love with the guitar at the beginning of the song.

Drive: Kavinsky & Lovefoxx – “Nightcall”
Why: Timeless and suave, Kavinsky’s “Nightcall” is the perfect song to introduce the film and this character. As we drive through Los Angeles at night in Ryan Gosling’s car, the street lights of the city rushing by, we are taken to a fairy tale. It’s almost magical, the way the lights are reflected on the car and on Gosling’s profile. And there’s something almost ethereal about this song, especially Lovefoxx’s vocals, like a prayer. The 80s synthpop sound matches perfectly with the tone of the film, and there’s not way to escape being hypnotised by it.

Away We Go: Alexi Murdoch – “All My Days”
Why: This is perhaps a lesser known film, but it’s one of my favourites. A pre-Skyfall Sam Mendes film about a couple expecting a baby, trying to find the perfect city where to move. The soundtrack is almost entirely original songs by Alexi Murdoch (save on Bob Dylan song,) but “All My Days” is the most beautiful. It plays, again, at the end of the film, when Burt (John Krasinski) and Verona (Maya Rudolph) finally find their perfect home. They are sat on the porch, looking out into the horizon, thinking about their future, their child, and it is a joyous and melancholy moment as the song plays in the background. I would recommend listening to the entire soundtrack if you can.

Only Lovers Left Alive: SQÜRL – “Spooky Action at a Distance”
Why: Honestly, it was really difficult choosing my favourite out of all the amazing tracks from this soundtrack. Jim Jarmusch has a talent for picking the perfect songs for his films, and Only Lovers Left Alive is no different. But I think “Spooky Action at a Distance” is perfect because it creates the character of Adam in a non-obvious way. Through music we discover all of Adam’s melancholy as a true Romantic. But also how eccentric he is, because the song is so experimental and non-linear. It’s a truly outstanding piece of music.

Cloud Atlas: Ton Tykwer: “The Cloud Atlas Sextet for Orchestra”
Why: If you fell in love with Frobisher and Sixmith in Cloud Atlas, welcome to the club. Frobisher (Ben Whishaw) is one of the most interesting characters in the story, and when Halle Berry in the 70s discovers this piece of music, we see how much of a genius he was, and that makes his death even more tragic (if Sixmith’s cries after finding him dead in the bathtub wasn’t enough [sniffs].) Tom Tykwer did a marvellous job conveying the sense of magic and wonder of the multi-century story into one beautiful piece of music.

Ratatouille: Camille – “La Festin”
Why: Ratatouille is my second favourite Disney film — after The Lion King — mostly because of the food porn. I’m way into beautiful-looking food in films (other examples of cinematic food porn: Chef, I Am Love) but the story in Ratatouille is also really sweet. The little rat being such a foodie, learning how to cook, helping out his friend. Truly an underdog story, and those I love even more than food porn. And this song has an uplifting spirit which makes me think that all dreams CAN come true in Paris, even if you are a tiny rat. Anyone can cook, and isn’t that fantastic?


Moonrise Kingdom: Françoise Hardy – “Le Temps de l’amour”
Why: If you know me or have listened to the Filmology live podcasts (back in September!) then you are probably aware that I’m a huge Wes Anderson geek. I love Moonrise Kingdom because of the sheer nostalgia of it. It retains that inherent Andersonian style, but it also has a lovely sense of pure nostalgic wonder, especially as Sam and Suzy make run away and set up camp at the beach. It throws back to The Royal Tenebaums when Margo and Richie run away to the Museum of Natural History, but it is much sweeter, because these two children are in love, they want to get married and they dance at the beach to French music. You almost want them to succeed, even though it’s slightly silly, because Anderson makes you believe that they are doing the right thing and that it’s totally plausible for two children to run away and live at the beach forever (maybe he was inspired by Blue Lagoon?)


The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: Seu Jorge – “Starman”
Why: This is my favourite Wes Anderson film. It’s strange, over-the-top, it features Cate Blanchett. But one of the main reasons why it’s my favourite is actually the music itself. Throughout the film, one of the crew members of the ship played by Seu Jorge, a Brazilian singer, appears with a guitar, playing renditions of David Bowie songs in Portuguese, and it’s absolutely fucking beautiful. Since I’m Brazilian, it really hits close to home for me, especially because I personally love Seu Jorge anyway. But this song in particular is one of the best because it’s one of my favourite David Bowie songs, and it sounds brilliant in Seu Jorge’s slightly husky voice.


Juno: Belle & Sebastian – “Piazza, New York Catcher”
Why: When Juno first came out, I saw it five times in the cinema. It was the first time an indie film resonated so loudly with me, and it was I think how I got introduced to the kind of music I’m really into these days. Of all the amazing songs from the soundtrack, I think this is the sweetest one. It has a sound that matches the atmosphere of the film, slightly odd, slightly sad, slightly out-of-place, everything Belle & Sebastian is, really. It’s definitely my favourite song from the soundtrack, and the best one I think, even though “Anyone Else But You” is mentioned more often.

Inside Llewyn Davis: Oscar Isaac & Marcus Mumford – “Fare Thee Well”
Why: The latest Coen brothers film was about a folk singer trying to make it before Bob Dylan made folk popular. It’s gruelling and sad and, again, as it seems to be the theme of this entire post, melancholy. The way Oscar Isaac sings this track, so full of sorrow, even resentment, it’s beautiful, and the song itself is so well written. Props to Marcus Mumford as well, because his background voice adds fantastic depths to this song. I remember especially the dinner party scene when Davis loses it because this song brings back so many memories. It’s the power of the Coens — to make you feel for people who don’t really deserve it.

Her: Karen O & Ezra Koenig – “The Moon Song”
Why: Her is one of the best science fiction films of the past couple of decades. It’s so sweet and wonderful, even though it doesn’t have a particularly happy ending, it’s one of those films that makes you think about love and what it means to be human. This song in the middle of the film, sung by Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix is so beautiful, and the cinematography is stunning. But I like this particular version even more, because Karen O’s and Ezra Koenig’s voices go so well together. Besides, there’s something almost playful, but also a bit sad about the lyrics, just like the film itself.

Donnie Darko: Gary Jules – “Mad World”
Why: Today this work is a bit overplayed, even cliche. But in Donnie Darko, a strange, strange film, it speaks to the main character and how the story unravels around him. The song is haunting, not only the lyrics, but the soft piano, and the whispering voice. I absolutely love it, just like the film.

That’s it! I hope you’ve enjoyed these tunes, and please share your own favourite songs from movies down there in the comments. Below is the full playlist, which you can also access through 8tracks here.

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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015

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Hey all!

As you may or may not know, Filmology is based in Edinburgh, and so we are very into everything movie-related that happens in this beautiful city. In June, Edinburgh hosts the EIFF, which is a small but brilliant film festival that receives many important and famous guests every year (you can check out my post about the EIFF 2014 here.) In only a week, the full programme will be released, but over the past few days, they have released a lot of info about the Scottish films that will grace the many screens of the festival, and boy do they look amazing! You can check the full details here, but let me just say there are some cool people there. Robert Carlyle’s film featuring Emma Thompson will be the opening film on the 17th, and there is much more awesome Scottish talent, from Frankie Boyle to Karen Gillan, and her directorial debut.

I will post more information as the festival goes along, as I will be working in it again this year (I’m sooo excited!!!), but for now, please check out the gorgeous promo sting with the brand new design of the EIFF logo. It’s really beautiful, and I hope that will inspire you folk who live in or around Edinburgh to check out the festival.

Cheers!

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