Filmfestivalen 2016

Filmfestivalen 2016

Film, film, film....

Another epic journey is coming up! I plan to go to such varied and diverse places as Colombia, Parallell Paris, India and Iran, and even travel through time, space and dreams. It's a cineastic journey, though. My flights will be the lobby, my accommodation will be the comfy chairs and my tour guides will be movie directors. It's time, again, for Göteborg Film Festival!

The End of the tour - Brovelistdrama by James Ponsoldt

GalaPosted by Martin 2016-03-11 18:09

I care little for Jesse Eisenberg, but I find Jason Segel to be brilliant in most that he does, and his portrayal of acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace is no exception. This time he has some great material to work with, as most of his lines obviously are straight from the author's mind.

The lines are great, but the film lacks conflict. It's basically just two dudes talking, but it's still interesting.

Failed the Bechdel test

3 pepsis of 6

Muhammad: The Messenger of God - Mastodontfilm by Majid Majidi

GalaPosted by Martin 2016-03-11 17:30

Muslims like to claim that their go-to-guy was an actual person, who actually lived. That might be true, I have no reason to doubt that. The film, however, claims to be an actual representation of historical events and depicting the real life of young-to-adolescent Mo. Then, lay off the magic, please! With islam's poor track record of self-distance, and the film's own claims of being honest and true, suspension of disbelief becomes a problem when hocus-pocus abounds.

I'm certain that if one could just ignore the self-seriousness and the absurd claims, this film could be an entertaining one. If they shortened it from three hours down to two, and added som events, characters, conflicts and, you know, entertainment. I just came here for the comments.

Failed the Bechdel test

2 drawings of 6

Room - Bottle episode by Lenny Abrahamson

GalaPosted by Martin 2016-02-07 22:35

This is essentially two films in one, one after the other. It's hard to tell whether each had worked on its own, but I for one think that the two halves compliment each other, making their counterparts better for the experience. Claustrophobic and intense, the opening act deals with the handling of despair and how to not transfer that despair to the next generation, seeing that they have no way of relating to the outside world.

The closing act deals with transition and possible consequences, and an uncertainty of the unknown. And both acts are brilliant on their own, but even moreso when joined together. Abrahamson pulls just the right strings, balancing the emotional tightrope without failing. The dialogue is spot on, the set design praiseworthy and the supporting cast kicks arse (have Joan Allen and William H Macy ever faltered?). But, due to the films central plot, it would have failed without convincing leads. Brie Larson is nominated for a best actress Oscar, and rightfully so. But the real star is actually 6 year old Jacob Tremblay. He's simply terrific, and I don't mean that as in "he's terrific, for a kid that age". He's simply terrific in his own right.

Due to inconvenient ferry traffic, I realised I wouldn't make it to my intended film across the river, and so swapped my ticket for this screening of Room instead. I suppose I got lucky, and I hope Room will get distribution nationwide.

Failed the Bechdel test

5 ponytails of 6

Amsal - Adventurism by Dong-hoon Choi

GalaPosted by Martin 2016-02-02 22:53

A know a wee bit about early 20:th century Far Eastern history, but not as much as I'd like. Amsal, or Assassination as the English translated title is, caught my interest about the era.

Mostly set in 1933, this action-filled popcorn film follows the formulaic fortunes and misfortunes of a trio of would-be assassins, their sellsword foils and the traitor in their midst. One has to wonder whether GRRM and/or J Whedon were involved in the script, judging by the death toll among the main characters. Violence, lorrychases, comic relief, adventure, excitement and just a smidge of romance makes Amsal a great film for watching with some mates over a Cass or three. Highbrow it is not.

Passed the Bechdel test

3 nicknames of 6