Out Now – 29th June 2012

Storage 24
A British monster movie set in a storage facility. The Guardian loves it and the Daily Mail hates it. I know who I trust.

Friends with Kids
What to Expect When You’re Expecting with the cast of Bridesmaids. Boom.

We Are Poets (limited release)
Documentary film looking at UK teens who are involved in spoken poetry. The Leeds youth poetry team compete in America’s most prestigious poetry slam event. Poetry slam. Poetry. Slam. What?

Joyful Noise (limited release)
Glee for grown-ups starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah. *shudder*

Killer Joe (limited release)
I can’t tell you what the plot is but I can tell you that the cast includes personal favourites Juno Temple, Emile Hirsch, and Thomas Haden Church alongside Matthew McConaughey looking like he might be about to do something right for a change.

The Fairy (limited release)
A man falls in love with a fairy after she grants him three wishes. A joyous comedy which completely won me over. A non-silent tribute to silent comedy films filled with slapstick and silliness.

Your Sister’s Sister (limited release)
This is billed as a comedy but the trailer and storyline suggest more of an angsty drama as a man sleeps with his best friend’s lesbian sister despite having feelings for his best friend. Expect 5 minutes of sex followed by 90 minutes of guilt, regret, and anger.

Dark Horse (limited release)
A deliberately detached comedy about two people falling in love (almost) that I found too detached to really engage. It’s been eight months since I’ve seen it, and it hasn’t been on my mind once since.

Lovely Molly (limited release)
Don’t let the title fool you, this is a horror that contains strong language, sex, violence, gore and hard drug use. Sex! Violence! Gore! Phwaor!

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (limited release)
70s comedy re-release. “A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together.” Sounds delightful.

King of Devil’s Island (limited release)
Uprising in a Norwegian boys home! Stars that nice Swede from Mamma Mia! but features less singing and more sexual abuse.

Glastonbury The Movie (In Flashback) (limited release)
It is 17 years after its original release and Robin Mahoney has “retooled” his documentary about Glastonbury.

The Athlete (limited release)
Biopic of Ethiopian Olympic runner and Paralympic archer Abebe Bikila. Something tells me Bikila has trouble sometime in between the running and the archery.

Last Flight to Abuja (limited release)
“Mid-air difficulties forces a Nigerian commercial plane into an emergency landing with devastating consequences.” Don’t worry though guys, British Airways actually have a flight leaving from Heathrow tonight at 22:50.

Exit Humanity (limited release)
“A young man’s struggle to survive in the aftermath of a deadly undead outbreak during the American Civil War.” I have to admit to knowing very little about the American Civil War so for all I know it did involve an outbreak of the undead. I did Geography. Ask me about longshore drift sometime.

Dark Horse – LFF Review

Dark Horse is a very odd comedy about two thirty-somethings, Abe (Jordan Gelber) and Miranda (Selma Blair), who begin an awkward romance after Abe pursues Miranda to a stalkerish degree. Neither of the two lead characters are likeable, Abe is overconfident and pathetic while Miranda is cold and selfish, yet somehow they are a good source of comedy and the film was fun to watch.

An off-beat comedy in the extreme Dark Horse indulges itself more and more as the runtime rolls on. By the end credits the quirks have become too much and the film has lost the charm it showed in the beginning. A particular bug-bear were extended dream sequences in which a normally timid secretary (Donna Murphy) becomes a cougar in Abe’s mind and essentially spells out his thoughts and the plot to Abe and the audience. It’s a classic case of “show it, don’t say it”.

Don’t get me wrong, Dark Horse was very entertaining, but sadly it left no lasting impact and by ending on a bum note, is hard to recommend. For a comedy a little different to the norm you could do a lot worse, though this film is unlikely to grace the silver screen in the UK once this festival is over.

Final thought: What a waste of Christopher Walken.

55th BFI London Film Festival

For the next week or so this post will be our hub for coverage of the 55th BFI London Film Festival. Any films we’ve seen have a thumbnail below linking to their review and the video player below will update itself to show the latest video from the BFI about the festival.

We’re trying to break the 20 film barrier this year, though it may well kill us.

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