It has been little over a month since Guillermo Del Toro wowed us all with the impressively fun Pacific Rim, yet details of an exciting new film project have already been dangled teasingly on Warner Entertainment Japan’s Twitter page.
GFF Screening dates: Friday 15th 6:45pm, Sat 16th 2:45pm
Director: Michel Franco
Starring: Tessa Ia, Gonzalo Vega Jr, Hernan Mendoza, Tamara Yezbek
The opening sentence of the GFF13’s programme blurb for Michel Franco’s /After Lucia/ reads: “[it] is one of those films that really gets under your skin”. While truer words have never been spoken, it does little to prepare you for the viewing experience. /After Lucia/ ensures you will be on the very edge of your seat, peering through half closed eyes, too scared to see what happens next but unable to look away. The ending is somehow unsatisfying but deliberately so as you’re left feeling hollow and in desperate need of some sort of comfort blanket. Or perhaps some strong alcohol.
Screening date: Sunday 10th February
Director: Gorō Miyazaki
Starring: Masami Nagasawa, Junichi Okada, Shunsuke Kazama
The latest film from the house of Ghibli is the second film to be directed by Gorō Miyazaki has already received some premature criticism from doubtful fans. Fortunately, From Up on Poppy Hill is as delightful as it is beautiful and the cheeky light jazz soundtrack does a lot to maintain a feeling of fun but never undermines the drama. While slow to start, the final push is so fast paced, your heart will be racing right alongside the star-crossed protagonists.
GFF Screening: Mon 18th Feb 6:15pm
UK Release Date: 8th March 2013
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones
A last minute change to the Glasgow Film Festival programme saw How to Make Money Selling Drugs – a satirical documentary by Matthew Cooke on the drug culture in America – removed and replaced with Side Effects – a psychological thriller from Oscar winning director, Steven Soderbergh surrounding the heavily medicated brain of America. I think I spy a theme.
With a strong central cast, Side Effects is a film with surprising intimacy and lasting tension which is only let down by a disappointingly mediocre conclusion which loses sight of the true intrigue.
*Warning. Some mild spoilers follow*
Yes, it’s true. Until last week I had never seen Psycho. The release of Sacha Gervasi’s new film, Hitchcock, was the final push I needed. How I’ve let this film pass me by, I’m not sure. Maybe I felt I knew enough – I’d certainly seen the often talked about shower scene plenty of times and I knew who the killer was. However, after finally watching Psycho, I now know there’s much more to it than I’d previously thought.