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EIFF2013: Roundup Part II – Unexpected Discoveries

I ended the first part of this roundup with a discussion of Historic Centre, one of my festival highlights, before going on to say that there was one film I liked even better. That film was 36. In some ways, the two films are linked by a thematic concern with the past, and how we […]

EIFF2013: Roundup Part I – Expectations Fulfilled

When writer, film critic, and book editor Chris Fujiwara took over the role of Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival in September 2011, he had a heavy weight of responsibility on his shoulders. As I discussed at the time, the 2011 edition of the festival had seen a number of changes made to […]

DN Picks: Jun13

In June we got to find out what a strange group of characters wished for and reconsidered our desire to have a wish granting phone. We took a look at the work of Connor Simpson and caught up with Ben Wheatley in A Field in England. A metal fisted dictator rose to power, Yolandi got […]

EIFF2013: What the Delegates Think

As I think my recent Returning Home piece made clear, I’m a big fan of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. But as well as sharing my thoughts about this year’s festival with you later this week, I decided to get a broader view of EIFF by asking some of the other delegates about their experiences. Here’s […]

DN Picks: May13

Animation continued its strong 2013 run on the pages of DN with David Oreilly stopping by for a ThayAreAnimators profile, an interview about a hungry corpse befriending a pigeon, a murderous bear assuming the patriarchy of a family and a study of the territorial responses of varying North Atlantic species. We also found out just […]

DN Picks: Apr13

In April we were forced to respond to the Guardian’s David Cox driving us to infuriated distraction, which coincidentally is how Subs felt about Spring Breakers. We got a prequel preview of Ryan Koo’s basketball narrative, hung out with Music Man Murray, got tired of waiting for the guy to make the first move, were […]

Spring Breakers

If you listen to MarBelle’s Trash Humpers conversation with Harmony Korine he sounds like a pretty ‘normal’ guy. His films however would tend to suggest a completely different the reality lurking just beneath the surface. It’s no secret that Korine’s work is quite divisive (if you don’t believe me check out the comments under El […]

DN Picks: Mar13

It may have been Easter but not a single rabbit hopped its way onto our pages. We did however hear about Hip Hop fakers, match crimes to fingerprints, listen to a tall tale, watch a woman pulled between lovers, fight our way out of a building, spy on masturbating puppets, get abstract about the Japanese […]

What Richard Did

I was intrigued to hear about an Irish film that appeared to be loosely based on the story of [Spoiler Alert: Don't click if you don't want to know the full synopsis!] Brian Murphy; if I was to mention that my favourite foods are roast potatoes and Taytos you can probably deduce that I’m Irish, […]

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but the Catholic church is in somewhat of a quandary of late. What with the fact that it is effectively leaderless due to the departure of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and the small issue of scandal which is threatening to topple the church worldwide. When I hear about a […]