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Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on July 4, 2013 by dcairns


From the Cocteauesque finale of PATTES BLANCHE, a sublime Gremillon covered in the second part of my EIFF Gremillon round-up over at The Forgotten. This covers most of the major Gremillon features I haven’t already reviewed elsewhere, but I still haven’t said anything much about L’ETRANGE MONSIEUR VICTOR, which is a very good one — maybe I’m saving that for later?

Meanwhile, NATAN got some very positive reviews after the festival, including making two top tens (including IndieWire‘s)  and Little White Lies magazine’s top five. And a rave from Yahoo too.


Posted in FILM with tags , , , on June 27, 2013 by dcairns


A fancy dress conga line could be the ultimate metaphor for cinema, or it could be just a random frame grab taken in desperation. Either way, the film it’s taken from, LUMIERE D’ETE, forms part of this week’s edition of The Forgotten, concentrating on Edinburgh International Film Festival’s retrospective of the works of Jean Gremillon.

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The Daily Notebook and the Annual Film Festival

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2013 by dcairns


Edinburgh International Film Festival has commenced!

But first, The Forgotten, and a silent clown / special effects genius awaits your discovery (with video) over at The Daily Notebook.

Screening today in Edinburgh, I AM BREATHING, the emotionally devastating — but ultimately life-affirming and often funny — documentary by my friends Morag McKinnon and Emma Davie (6pm, Filmhouse 1). It deals with the slow death of an exact contemporary of mine from Edinburgh College of Art, Neil Platt, who was diagnosed with motor neuron disease. He wrote an amazing blog about his approach to the end, and left this filmic record of his existence partly as a way for his infant son to eventually know him.

Also showing (8.55, Cineworld) another friend’s film, DUMMY JIM by Matt Hulse, which I haven’t yet seen but I’m sure going to. I trust the sensibility. Hope to see some of you there!

What else? Oh yes — limericks of FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN, here and (co-authored) here. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the site!