Filmstalker coverage of the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2007
&otWell the Edinburgh International Film Festival is over for another year, thank the lord. That was a hectic two weeks and I've just had a well deserved few days off. Now I have reviews to catch up on as well as a return to work, the return of my XBox 360 from Microsoft (three rings of red death repair) and the normal site stories to write.
Here's the list of films I saw from the festival this year, all those that say Filmstalker Review after them are reviewed on the site, the others are yet to be written up and link to the EIFF page for the film as well as having a little one line review under each.
Beaufort (Bufor) (Filmstalker review)
Blackbird (Filmstalker review)
Breath (Filmstalker review)
Day Watch (Filmstalker review)
Death Proof (Filmstalker review)
The film had a great idea and tried to get it across but struggled with a bit too much style, the element of time, and some faltered dialogue.
The Home Song Stories
I'm a Cyborg, but That's OK (Saibogujiman Kwenchana) (Filmstalker review)
In the Shadow of the Moon (Filmstalker review)
Joshua (Filmstalker review)
The Man from London (A Londoni Férfi) (Filmstalker review)
Seachd - The Inaccessible Peak
An amazing film which really surprised me. An excellent story in the style of Big Fish but from Scotland and almost all in Gaelic. Plus it's beautifully shot with the amazing backdrops of this lovely country. I might yet give this a five star rating.
The Serpent (Le Serpent)
A strong thriller but there are quite a few stock moments and against type decisions from the characters which left me wondering what was happening. Three quarters of the way through though the turns did surprise me.
Sparkle (Filmstalker review)
Stardust (Filmstalker review)
Sugarhouse (Filmstalker review)
Great backdrops and camera movement throughout, the story felt a little weak in some places with the adult storylines being the much stronger and more interesting. Perhaps pulling back from the science fiction element might have increased the engagement for me.
I really enjoyed this film, although there are a couple of glaring comparisons and a missed opportunity with the ending, there's a lot of great things to be had here. The filming is superb, Melissa George is great, as is Stellan Skarsgård in the latter half of the film, and the story is very strong.
XXY (Filmstalker review)