Out Now – 20th September 2013

R.I.P.Diana

R.I.P.D.
Ryan Reynolds is a dead cop who is recruited by a force of undead officers to team up with fellow corpse Jeff Bridges and hunt down trapped spirits. A buddy cop comedy about a supernatural police force has the scent of Men in Black about it and the generally awful reviews have the scent of poo about them.

Diana
A film about the final years of the life of Princess Diana never seemed like an easy film to make but the resulting film sounds like the worst of all possible outcomes. Rather than being particularly offensive, opinionated, or controversial Diana is being accused of much more serious crimes; it is dull, poorly written, and badly acted.

The Call
Halle Berry (remember her?) stars as a 911 operator who is on the phone with a teenage girl (Abigail Breslin) as she is kidnapped and is tasked with talking her through her escape. A lot of the film is likely to be Berry and Breslin chatting on the phone, I hope they’re good at small talk.

InRealLife
British documentary looking at the effect of the internet on modern teenagers. As someone who is from the internet, running a blog and having met friends online, I have a certain hesitation when it comes to a documentary that looks to look at all online activity through a judgemental and scornful lens.

Cold Comes the Night
Despite his meteoric success on the small screen with Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston has yet to have a film that makes the most of his talents and instead takes small roles in mediocre films. This week he co-stars in a thriller about a motel owner and his daughter who are held hostage by a criminal trying to retrieve some money.

Mademoiselle C
“A documentary focused on former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief and fashion stylist Carine Roitfeld as she moves to New York to launch her own magazine.” Sadly it does not seem nearly as entertaining and insightful as The September Issue.

Hawking
A documentary about Stephen Hawking. Mathematical!

Metro Manila
Filipino crime drama about a crime drama who move from a rural community to the big city and quickly become embroiled in all manner of crime. The sort of film you need to watch if attending a classy dinner party this weekend.

Harrigan
Stephen Tompkinson, him from Ballykissangel, plays a rough and ready detective in 1974 who is the only hope for a community crippled by crime, poverty, power cuts and strikes.

Kelly + Victor
I saw this romantic indie drama at last year’s BFI London Film Festival and absolutely loathed it. For all I know the film is actually a very well made artistic debut feature about a destructive relationship but I was in a foul mood when I saw it so it didn’t have a chance. Subjectivity rules all film criticism. Word.

Kelly + Victor – LFF Review

On a night out in Liverpool Kelly and Victor meet on the dance floor and are instantly drawn to each other. It is not long before their dancing in the nightclub moves to the bedroom and they spend an intensely passionate night together. It’s all very raw and real and as such the course of true love does not run smooth.

Kelly + Victor is adapted from a novel by Niall Griffiths and so is a mostly internal story. Love is a complex beast and with a romance as frantic and fast as that between Kelly and Victor it can be hard for anyone outside the couple to get a real sense of how they are feeling. While some romantic films find a way to let the audience in on the emotional side of their characters Kelly + Victor left me cold.

For me the experience was wholly unemotional. I was watching two bland characters spend little time together and yet treat their relationship as the great tragic romance of the 21st century. Maybe I am being cynical and unromantic but I couldn’t see a reason why both parties couldn’t walk away from their fling and move on with their lives. Yes, their lives were far from perfect but the film never gave me a sense that the couple were right for each other or showed that they connected on any level deeper than that of a typical one night stand.

You will find positive reviews out there but for whatever reason I found Kelly + Victor to be a disappointing film; the leads were hard to connect to and the visuals were uninspiring. Film is an art form and I can only offer a subjective opinion. It feels mean to be dismissive of any director’s first film so let me end with this caveat – Kelly + Victor got a great response from the rest of the audience but for me was indulgent, navel-gazing, and needlessly bleak without having any real heart. Plus I was in a bit of a mood when I watched it.

56th BFI London Film Festival

And we’re off! The 56th BFI London Film Festival is in full swing and as is tradition Mild Concern will be turning into full festival mode for at least the next week. Armed with a press pass, a week’s holiday, and a small amount of disposal income we will be watching as many films as we can in an effort to breach the 30 film mark having successfully reviewed over 20 films last year.

To help make this deluge of reviews more manageable links to all the films we’ve watched will be placed below in a beautiful wall of hyperlinked images. Have a click around, it does wonders for our stats.

Films reviewed:

The SessionsHyde Park on Hudson

56th BFI London Film Festival Line-up Announced

It’s that time of year again. Yesterday was the line-up for the 56th BFI London Film Festival was announced. The festival runs from 10th – 21st October 2012 and we will be covering it more than you could possibly want. I will be trying to beat my personal record of 20 festival films and living off Starbucks and quiet cinema snacks for a week.

The full list of films can be seen on the BFI website but who needs that when below is my initial pick of films that might be worth a look along with a five word summary for each. It may not be comprehensive but this list is at least alphabetical:

The Body Corpse goes missing. Hitchcockian thriller

Celeste and Jesse Forever Can exes become best friends?

Frankenweenie Tim Burton animation – re-animated dog

Hyde Park on Hudson Bill Murray is Franklin Roosevelt

Kelly + Victor Passionate and transgressive love affair

Kiss of the Damned Estranged contemporary vampire sisters reunite

Love Story Documentary/fiction blur for love

My Amityville Horror Exploring the truth about Amityville

Paradise: Love Middle-aged sex tourism in Kenya

The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology Documentary essay on cinema’s ideologies

The Road: A Story of Life and Death Stories of London’s many immigrants

Robot and Frank Jewel thief and robot butler

Room 237 What does The Shining mean?

The Sessions Iron lung hires sex surrogate

Seven Psychopaths In Bruges in Los Angeles

Sightseers Perfect holiday: caravanning and murder

West of Memphis Documentary about teens killing kids