Out Now – 8th February 2013

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Wreck-It Ralph
Featuring characters from arcade games ranging from Sonic and Mario to Pacman this animated adventure follows one villains quest to become a hero. Oscar nomination count: 1

Warm Bodies
A romantic comedy in which one of the romantic leads actually is a zombie? A film about flesh-eating and love conquering all; the perfect Valentine’s film.

I Give It a Year
A UK comedy set after the point at which most romantic comedies end; when the unlikely couple get together. Here we see the newlyweds struggle through their first year of marriage with all the hilarity that involves. The trailer makes me laugh so I have hope.

Hitchcock
Following Hitchcock during the making of Psycho this biopic gives a more balanced view than the BBC drama The Girl but features an inferior Hitchcock. Oscar nomination count: 1 (But only for makeup so let’s not get too excited)

No (limited release)
My knowledge of Chilean politics in 1988 is non-existent at best but thanks to Google I can proudly state that the plot can be summarised by saying that “ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum” without having a clue who Pinochet is. Oscar nomination count: 1

I Wish (limited release)
“12-year-old Koichi, who has been separated from his brother Ryunosuke due to his parents’ divorce, begins to believe that the new bullet train service will create a miracle when the first trains pass each other at top speed.”

A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman (limited release)
A mind melding animation covering the falsified life story of Graham Chapman. A must for any fan of Monty Python and great fun for the rest of us. I liked it, what more do you need?

The Fall of the Essex Boys
British gangster film. Sex, violence, drugs, and all the swears. ‘Citing.

A Liar’s Autobiography – LFF Review

Nine years before his death Monty Python member Graham Chapman wrote a fictional autobiography entitled The Liar’s Autobiography. Shortly before his death Chapman recording a reading of the book and now, 23 years after his death, these tapes have been made into an animated film featuring four other Pythons, three directors, and 17 animation styles provided by 14 different animation studios. The result is mind-blowing, brain-boggling, utterly fascinating, and endlessly revealing.

The mix of animation styles and the wild free-wheeling nature of the film makes for an attention grabbing watch. We are taken from a childhood memory to an aerial fantasy though to the Pythons as monkeys via the painted horror of a man overcoming alcohol addiction and a fairground tour of University based sexual exploits led by Chapman riding in a mechanical penis. It’s impossible to become bored as the film grabs you by the navel and pulls you from one direction to the next.

You may have noticed mention of a mechanical penis back there. While this is an animated film it is quite rightly rated at a 15 age certificate. Chapman’s was a life at times filled with sex and the film does not shy away from showing this is surprisingly graphic detail. Comically graphic detail I should say. There is no part of the film that isn’t presented with a wry smile and a charming sense of humour.

While most of the events we are shown were clearly fictional the whole film smacks of a truth that goes beyond whether or not any of it actually happened. What we are seeing is not an autobiography in a traditional sense but a visual representation of a character as a whole rather that the character’s life.

Any fan of Graham Chapman or Monty Python will love the film. I’ve never been a huge fan and I found A Liar’s Autobiography to be a delightfully surreal trip inside the mind of a comedy legend.

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