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EIFF 2014: The Overview

We came, we saw, we saw more, and we saw lots and lots more. Yes, as you may have already noticed, it was that most wonderful time of year again. The Edinburgh International Film Festival. As a resident Edinburgher, I always try to make the…

Set Fire To The Stars (2014)

Based on the time, in the 1950s, when an aspiring poet, John M. Brinnin (played by Elijah Wood), brought Dylan Thomas (played here by Celyn Jones) to America, Set Fire To The Stars is a damn sight better than you might expect it to be. Shot…

Life After Beth (2014)

Life After Beth is a film that very much feels as if it wants to have its cake and eat it. Or, perhaps, replace cake with brains. It will end up tagged as yet another zom-rom-com when it doesn't really deserve to be lumped in with others of…

Greyhawk (2014)

Alec Newman stars as a blind veteran, Mal, in this interesting, tense drama that shows just what can be done with a simple premise and one or two memorable characters. When I first heard about Greyhawk I also heard that it had a bit of a…

Uncertain Terms (2014)

Director Nathan Silver has been doing some good work for a few years now. I was impressed by Exit Elena back in 2012, which meant that I was looking forward to seeing how he'd developed with Uncertain Terms. Unfortunately, this feels like a…

EIFF 2014: Teen Spirit Shorts

Handpicked by the Edinburgh Film Festival ‘young programmers’ team, the Teen Spirit Shorts programme collected the best in international short films representing teenage experiences across boundaries of class, religion and history. As one…

The Japanese Dog (2013)

Victor Rebengiuc is Costache, a slightly stubborn old man trying to rebuild his life after a flood has ruined his home. He's also recently lost his wife. People try to help guide him in different directions, with some wanting him to sell…

Castles In The Sky (2014)

As harmless and inoffensive as they come, Castles In The Sky is also an undeniably entertaining movie, anchored by a fine performance from Eddie Izzard, wobbly Scottish accent aside. It's set in some fine British countryside, utilises some…