2015 Reviews: Tangerine

By Joanna van der Veen

A few years ago, halfway across the world at Argentina’s Mar del Plata Film Festival, I had the pleasure of interviewing Tangerine’s director Sean Baker. Back then he’d just released Starlet, an uplifting and touching story about two women getting to know each other despite the vast gap in their ages. I was charmed by Baker and I loved his film – it managed to tell an excellent story whilst taking a non-judgemental and refreshing look at something I knew next to nothing about, the adult film industry. Continue reading “2015 Reviews: Tangerine”

2015 Reviews: Rose Water

By Henry Heffer

After the film ended, something just didn’t feel right to me. I flared my nostrils, scratched my head and then scratched my beard… and it came to me. The hero of Jon Stewart’s Iranian thriller, Maziar Bahari (played by Gael Garcia Bernal), must have the slowest growing beard in all of human history. For after 118 days of incarceration without a razor (we know he didn’t have a razor because he fantasises about cutting his wrists with a shard from his glasses) his beard only had the appearance of a single heavy night’s drinking. Continue reading “2015 Reviews: Rose Water”

IMDb Awards 2015

Every year Bath Film Festival celebrates and facilities new emerging talent in film in the form of the IMDb Awards. New film makers are invited to submit their shorts with the hope of winning the prestigious accolade. The prize being £1000 cash (to go towards making their next film) as well as the coveted IMDb New Filmmaker Award itself. On top of that winners receive an extremely rare IMDb enamel badge and a page for their film on IMDb, plus over £2000 worth of hire kit from Visual Impact (for UK based filmmakers only). Continue reading “IMDb Awards 2015”

2015 Reviews: Grandma

By Maisie De-Pulford

 

Elle Reid, played by the fiercely magnificent Lily Tomlin, is somewhat of an unruly academic and feminist poet. Majorly misanthropic and in mourning for her recently deceased partner Vi, Elle is struggling with life and struggling to write. When her young granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner) turns up at her door one morning pregnant and in need of $630 dollars for an abortion booked for that very afternoon, Elle drops everything. Having cut up her credit cards to make a wind chime, and neither one willing to provoke the backlash of their daughter/mother Judy (Marcia Gay Harden), the only logical thing for the pair to do is jump in the car and hunt down any likely ally Elle can think of – no matter how deep into her past she must go.Paul Weitz’s Grandma is only 78 minutes long but it doesn’t waist a precious second. Fully F-Rated and Bechdel bossing, this little film packs a punch to both the heart and the head. Continue reading “2015 Reviews: Grandma”

2015 Reviews: Güeros

By Charlie Harman

Tomás’s mother can’t handle him anymore. Dropping a water balloon from the top of a building onto a woman pushing her baby in a pram was the final delinquent act that made her send him to stay with his older brother, Federico, a.k.a. Sombra (Tenoch Huerta) in Mexico City. Continue reading “2015 Reviews: Güeros”

2015 Reviews: Speed Sisters

By Henry Heffer

One of the most honourable aspects of Amber Fares’ Speed Sisters, and one of my most passionate reasons for recommending it, is there is never any sense of the film becoming overly sentimental. The focus is on the characters in their cars, the speed, the race and the irresistible nature of obsession. The core qualities of any decent sports film. Continue reading “2015 Reviews: Speed Sisters”