BFI London Film Festival Wrap-Up

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) I was lucky enough to enjoy a week at the 58th BFI London Film Festival, where I saw a number of movies which will undoubtedly challenge for the top honors come Oscar time. First up was Wild starring Reese Witherspoon as a troubled divorcee attempting to walk from … [Read more...]

London Film Festival Movie Review: Jon Stewart’s Rosewater

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Considering Rosewater is Jon Stewart's first feature as a director, the satirist can be proud of his efforts. Unfortunately it falls a little short when compared to other movies which deal with themes of false imprisonment and torture. Adapted from Maziar Bahari's … [Read more...]

London Film Festival Movie Review: Serena

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) One of the biggest disappointments of the BFI London Film Festival was Serena, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. The Susanne Bier-directed drama sat on the shelf for two years, and now we know why. Firstly, this is not a bad film, in fact the first … [Read more...]

London Film Festival Movie Review: Foxcatcher

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Another day at the BFI London Film Festival, and yet another potential award's contender, this time in the form of Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher. Based on a true story, the film centres on an Olympic gold medal winning wrestler, Mark Schultz, played by Channing Tatum … [Read more...]

London Film Festival Movie Review: Birdman

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Last night I was lucky enough to sneak into the BFI London Film Festival's surprise film, which is generally a big award's contender. And this year did not disappoint, as we were treated to Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman. The film had already been lauded at … [Read more...]

London Film Festival Movie Review: Whiplash, 2014′s Best Film

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Whiplash is quite simply the best film of 2014 – the movie is exhilarating, witty, and brilliant. At the press screening I attended, there was a huge applause when the credits rolled, the whole audience was blown away by this extraordinary picture, which left jaded … [Read more...]

London Film Festival Movie Review: Wild, Starring Reese Witherspoon

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) (This screening was part of the 58th BFI London Film Festival) One of the most discussed realities of the film industry is the distinct lack of meaty roles for women. Indeed for stars like Reese Witherspoon, whose career now spans three decades, sometimes the … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Gone Girl

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) I'm going to tread lightly around spoilers for the film adaptation of Gone Girl, which will be extremely hard, because it means I can't talk about the plot too much. Suffice it to say, if you've been paying attention to what's being said about the film, or if … [Read more...]

Movie Review: The Equalizer

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) For a film that's 131 minutes long, there's not much story going on in The Equalizer. In fact, by the end of the movie, I know precious little more about Denzel Washington's character Robert McCall than I did at the beginning of the film. Based on the television … [Read more...]

TIFF 2014 Review: Teen Lust

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Being a teenager, losing your virginity always felt like a life or death situation. For Neil, the protagonist of the Canadian teen comedy film Teen Lust, which I saw at the Toronto International Film Festival, that turns out to be physically true. See, Neil was … [Read more...]

TIFF 2014 Review: Learning To Drive

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Not every movie needs to challenge the filmgoer. Some films are plain fun and other films stir up memories of the past -- Learning To Drive fits firmly in the latter category. The film follows Wendy, a fifty-something New Yorker played by Patricia Clarkson and … [Read more...]

TIFF 2014 Review: The Theory Of Everything

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) I am a huge nerd and unashamed of it. I grew up reading Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke and, yes, Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time. It's my older brother's fault for getting me to watch Star Trek: The Next Generation (which Hawking has cameoed … [Read more...]

TIFF 2014 Review: It Follows

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Horror films are notoriously hard to get right for me. Slashers and monster movies usually fail to get me but creepy movies, filled with a foreboding atmosphere, are usually right up my alley. It Follows tries to be a creepy monster movie and more often than not, … [Read more...]

TIFF 2014 Review: The Yes Men Are Revolting

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) There are a few hot button topics in the world today, topics that you bring up and there's instantly a huge debate between people. One of those issues is that of climate change, and it's what the Yes Men are tackling in their new documentary The Yes Men Are … [Read more...]

TIFF 2014 Review: Spring

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) One of the best things about film festivals is that you get to see movies before they're released to the general public. My favorite aspect of it is to comb through the listings and try to find small films I would otherwise not catch-- and also get to see them … [Read more...]

TIFF Review: Tokyo Tribe

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) The Toronto International Film Festival has kicked off, and I spent the first day taking it in the same way I do every year, catch the first showing of Midnight Madness. If you don't know what that is, TIFF has midnight screenings of genre fare, that range from … [Read more...]

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