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72nd Venice Film Festival

Venice Film Festival 2015 Round-up

Well that’s Venice done for another year marking the official end of summer time. At least that’s how I see it. It’s been a good festival as well, despite the usual carping you hear every time. The standard was certainly higher than last…

How To Change The World (2015)

2015 has so far been a stellar year for documentary filmmaking. We’ve seen an acceptance of documentary as a form of big budget film entertainment like never before. We’ve seen documentaries become both more entertaining but also more…

VENICE 2015 – From Afar (2015)

Armando (Alfredo Castro) has lived his entire life from afar. He stands mute and expressionless on the edge of family, appears to have no friends, and works making dentures, a profession requiring little human contact. Even his vice isn’t…

VENICE 2015 – Go With Me (2015)

If Go With Me were a meal, it would be the kind you have at a motorway service station. It’s as guaranteed to get the job done as it is to fade immediately from memory. There is nothing particularly wrong with Daniel Alfredson’s pacific…

VENICE 2015 – Human (2015)

Human, like its director, is many things. A sweeping three hour plus surge through the voiceless (the original cut ran to 12 hours), it raises issues from gender discrimination to sexuality, violence, poverty and everything between, divided…

VENICE 2015 – Remember (2015)

Move over Neeson, Costner, Brosnan and Penn, if you want to see how a geriatric thriller should be done, Christopher Plummer and Atom Egoyan have schooled us all. There’s no need for cavalier violence, regular explosions or the unnecessary…