Posts Tagged ‘film’

Ryan Gosling in Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God forgives."

Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 sleeper hit Drive brought the Danish director to the tip of Hollywood’s tongue. The film received widespread critical acclaim with its extravagant visuals, ethereal soundtrack, and a haunting performance by Ryan Gosling. Only God Forgives marks Refn’s directorial return, after Drive, with Gosling following suit.

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Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) speaks to the sentient supercomputer Alpha 60, in  Jean-Luc Godard's critically acclaimed "Alphaville: A Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution" ("Alphaville: une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution"). Issues of individualism and the repression of emotion, poetry, ad the arts are dealt with in the film. (Photo: CueOnline/Sean Black).

If you’re any kind of fan of Robert Rodriguez’s acclaimed, neo-noir Sin City (which, let’s face it, you are) you will know that there is another glorious visual-feast on the way. If you are a fan of those films, which you are, you should then want to know where Rodriguez’s inspiration came from – where did this noir business begin?

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A riveting film which comments on the South African education system from students and prospective teachers’ perspective. We see how the effects are spread much wider than one would think. It was interesting and you come face to face with the realities of our country. A very entertaining and informative film which is well worth seeing. MS

A short film about how a date with destiny can alter everything you think you know about life and where your own life is headed. Though the message is touching and timeless, the story line lacks originality and the video, audio and acting quality is a disappointment and unfortunately detracts from what could be a beautiful love story. KM

The stark discrepancies in the Grahamstown school system are highlighted in a new documentary about   Madeleine Schoeman, who resigned as principal of Victoria Girls’ High School to take up the reins at  Ntsika High School.

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It is always a bit hard to classify my father. Some call him a communist, others an anarchist, but I would say ultimately he is a pacifist,” said Patrick Watkins during a review of The Universal Clock: The Resistance of Peter Watkins, a documentary film about Peter Watkins and the making of his most acclaimed film, La Commune. Patrick is at the Festival representing his father’s work.

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Oh how Shakespeare would have loved cinema!” the English film director Derek Jarman once said. But given some movie buffs’ comments, he might have been the only one in the audience at this year’s Festival.

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What happens when a director explores similar themes in related films 40 years apart? Darkly comedic, erotic at times and grippingly surprising, The Wicker Man and The Wicker Tree investigate the role of regimented religion and begs the question: which brand of religion fits the needs of our time?

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I used to make art that looked like I threw scrambled eggs onto a canvas. I wasn’t going to make a living, so I moved into film and television – essentially I’m a storyteller; I draw my scenes as part of my planning for all my films.” In Grahamstown for only a day, 82-year-old Robin Hardy, UK film-maker and director of the cult film classic, The Wicker Man, talks about his films and the reasons for producing a follow-up.

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A screening of South African produced films, including Big City, Dirty Laundry, Umkhungo, and My Backyard. Each tackle issues that feature in everyday South African life – each one carries an important message. Short film enthusiasts will enjoy what is on offer. AVFJP

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