Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back)

Puzzle

After several unsuccessful suicide attempts a young man enlists an ageing assassin to end his life for a nominal fee in Tom Edmunds’ Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back). Suicide is such a serious and sensitive subject matter that applying comedy to it is almost unthinkable. The tone has to be spot on…

Calibre

Puzzle

Two friends celebrate the last moment of freedom with a hunting trip but a mistake lands them in a really tense situation in Matt Palmer’s Calibre. This is a film that is best experienced knowing as little about it as possible which makes it very difficult to review. I’ll be as vague as possible when…

White Chamber

Puzzle

In a War torn post apocalyptic future, a woman wakes up in harshly lit white cube shaped cell that can be used to brutally torture the occupant in Paul Raschid’s White Chamber. The start of this film is really promising with brief newsreel footage establishing the context of a country at War and a society…

Searching

Puzzle

Aneesh Chaganty’s Searching is the story of a father desperately searching for his missing daughter told entirely from the perspective of various screens such as phones and computers. A mystery surrounding the disappearance of a loved one with someone that cares deeply for them frantically trying to piece it together to figure out what happened…

Puzzle

Puzzle

The 2018 Edinburgh International Film Festival kicks off with Marc Turteltaub’s Puzzle; the story of a shy and retiring housewife who has her mind opened to new ideas after receiving a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift. People are made up of so many different aspects. These include the normal routine, a job, hobbies, key…

EMO the Musical

EIFF

A frustrated wannabe emo struggles to find himself when enrolled at a new school in Neil Triffett’s Emo the Musical. I’ll start this by saying I know next to nothing about emo culture. It wasn’t really a thing when I was at school so any knowledge I have comes from cliché ridden anecdotes that I’ve…

Freak Show

EIFF

A gay high school student faces challenges when he is moved to an intolerant school in Trudie Styler’s Freak Show. The film follows Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther), the above mentioned gay high school student who has to find his place in the new school environment. It is made worse for him because he happens to…

Maya Dardel

EIFF

A famous writer interviews men to decide who will be a suitable heir for her after she takes her own life in Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak’s Maya Dardel. This film deals with controversial issues with the most apparent being suicide. Maya (Lena Olin) has made what appears to be a rational choice to take her…

Let Me Go

EIFF

Four generations of women in a family deal with estrangement and long buried family secrets in Polly Steele’s Let Me Go. Family dysfunction is something that most of us can relate to in one way or another. It’s rife in our own families or the families of those around us so the basis of this…

The Last Word

EIFF

A retired businesswoman re-evaluates her life after tasking a writer to come up with an obituary worthy of her as she sees herself in Mark Pellington’s The Last Word. It’s pretty clear what sort of film this is going to be from pretty much the first minute of screen time. Harriet (Shirley MacLaine) is an…