Review: Indignation (James Schamus, 2016)

With the Philip Roth adaptation Indignation, there’s an interesting case where the directorial debut comes from a multi-hyphenate filmmaker with an extensive background in numerous fields; a jack of all trades and a master of several. James Schamus is not only known as a producer, but also as a screenwriter, a lecturer on both film and… Read More Review: Indignation (James Schamus, 2016)

Review: Adult Life Skills (Rachel Tunnard, 2016)

As the feature debut of editor-turned-writer-director Rachel Tunnard, Adult Life Skills is an expansion of her BAFTA-nominated short Emotional Fusebox. Short expansions are a pretty common route to go down for feature debuts, and in this case, it’s a valuable upgrade for the material in question. It allows for seemingly overtly-cutesy affectations (somewhat typical of stunted-adolescent indies in the… Read More Review: Adult Life Skills (Rachel Tunnard, 2016)

Review: The Lure (Agnieszka Smoczynska, 2015)

Before getting into the actual meat of this festival review, I’d like to provide some context regarding the festival itself, speaking as a regular attendee. With the 2016 instalment being my fifth time at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), I’ve come to notice patterns in the programming over the last couple of years. Sadly,… Read More Review: The Lure (Agnieszka Smoczynska, 2015)

Review: Cheer Up (Christy Garland, 2016)

Upon first glance, Canadian director Christy Garland’s third documentary, the Arctic Circle-set Cheer Up, might seem to be your traditional portrait of an underdog sports team, in this case a Finnish cheerleading squad that doesn’t want to, uh, finish last in competition yet again. What becomes clear quite quickly, though, is that this isn’t so… Read More Review: Cheer Up (Christy Garland, 2016)

Review: Wiener-Dog (Todd Solondz, 2016)

A cantankerous elderly woman with a granddaughter after money to help fund the modern art of her boyfriend named Fantasy. A lonely film school professor whose own screenwriting career is going nowhere after one brief success decades before, considering an act of revenge against the institution of his employment that sees him as a relic. A bickering… Read More Review: Wiener-Dog (Todd Solondz, 2016)