Adult Life Skills

Rachel Tunnard’s Adult Life Skills tackles the eternal problem that many of us face when approaching our 30s; the problem of having to grow up and become a functional member of society. The film follows Anna (Jodie Whittaker) who is days away from her 30th birthday and struggling a lot with life in general. She…

Whisky Galore

The 70th annual Edinburgh International Film Festival closes with Gillies MacKinnon’s Whisky Galore; the true life adaptation of the island of Todday’s great Whisky heist after a ship carrying several thousand crates runs aground. Whisky Galore is a remake of a 1949 film of the same name and is set during World War II which…

Zero Days

Alex Gibney’s Zero Days is a documentary focused on the claims that America and Israel jointly developed sophisticated malware in order to target Iranian centrifuges. It’s a very complex world we live in full of different political agendas that involve a lot of really shady alliances designed to manipulate people and governments in certain ways….

Shepherds and Butchers

Based on Chris Madnewick’s novel as well as true events, director Oliver Schmitz’ Shepherds and Butchers sets out to explore the emotional issues capital punishment can cause to the people tasked with carrying it out. Set in 1987 South Africa the film follows the court case of a young prison officer named Leon Labuschagne (Garion…

Kids in Love

Chris Foggin’s Kids in Love follows a group of kids living a lifestyle that doesn’t conform to any expectations set on them by society of their parents. That’s a farily bland summary but a big issue this film has is its lack of attempt to make any point about modern living in any way. I…

The Man Who Was Thursday

A priest falls from grace and finds himself thrown into the Roman Underworld to find the identity of the mysterious leader of a group of renegades in Balazs Juszt’ The Man Who Was Thursday. As the film opens, Father Smith (François Arnaud) is clearly deeply conflicted about his role as a priest. He hears the…

BUGS

Andreas Johnsen’s documentary BUGS tackles the question of whether insects are a viable solution to the global food supply problem. To many the idea of eating insects is a really horrific prospect as they are often considered to be disgusting but a fact of life in the developed world is that we often don’t have…

Take Down

A group of rebellious rich kids are forced to work together when the boot camp they are sent to by their parents is taken over by a group of criminals so that they can be used to collect a hefty ransom in Jim Gillespie’s Take Down. The avatar for the audience in this film is…

Yoga Hosers

Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers is a spin-off to his previous film Tusk and the second in what he has dubbed the “True North” trilogy. The plot is a fairly simple one and plays to Smith’s strengths as a storyteller. He follows two main characters who live a relatively mundane life until something more fantastical interrupts…

The Rezort

Steve Barker’s The Rezort takes place in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse where humanity has managed to defeat the zombie threat and rebuild society again. There are some interesting themes going on here. We’ve seen plenty of stories set during a zombie apocalypse but very few dealing with the aftermath once the problem has…