This has taken me a lot longer to write than I had planned! Glasgow’s Film Festival kicked off on the 18th of February. They had extended the festival by one whole day and there were so many films to go and see. Here is a run down of what I saw and what I thought of the films.
While We’re Young
I wasn’t really in to this film. I’m not a huge Ben Stiller fan and basically went to see this because Adrock from the Beastie Boys is in it. It follows the story of a documentary maker in his 40s as he befriends a 20 something hipster and has a bit of a crisis.
This was my hit of the festival! I knew a little bit about this after seeing a documentary on Moebius, but I didn’t know the full story. This could have been a totally amazing film. It really could have changed everything as Jodorowsky planned to do. It goes through all the pre-production of the film and speaks to Giger and Chris Foss about design, it talks to Jodorowsky’s son who went in to training for the film and loads of people associated with it. The cast alone would have been amazing for the film. Obviously it still went on to influence loads of other films that Hollywood has produced. If you get the chance to see this film then go and see it! You’ll come out feeling totally inspired.
Moomins At The Riviera
I’m a big Moomin fan, so I thought I would go along to check out this adaptation. I did like it, but I am so used to the Polish Moomin animation that this was a bit of a let down. It was a very slick production and it was enjoyable to see the Moomins on the big screen.
I got a ticket for this as Julianne Moore had been nominated for an Oscar for her performance. It is about Alice, who suffers from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Although this is a very sad film, I didn’t leave the cinema feeling really down. The relationship between Alice and her youngest daughter, played by Kristen Stewart, is really interesting.
I was supposed to see a different film, but unfortunately it could not be shown, so they showed this film again. I really enjoyed it. It was a great film to see on a rainy Sunday lunch time in Glasgow. It follows the story of an actor in Japan who specialises in Samurai dramas. He has been acting for a long time and the studio is changing the features that it produces. He trains a young actor on how to play a samurai. She goes on to become a big TV star, while he comes to terms with his age and his life.
I went to see this because the director, Ron Scalpello, had directed music videos and I always like to see how they progress to films. It follows the story of 4 deep sea divers who are helping to fix a pipeline just off the coast of Africa. A storm comes along and they are trapped at the bottom of the sea. It wasn’t the most amazing film I have seen, but I did enjoy how the characters developed and it seemed to stay away from cliches, which was a nice surprise. There was a Q&A session at this screening, which was also interesting to attend.
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
The Film Festival showed this on the IMAX screen and it was amazing. I hadn’t seen it for years, but it was still as good as I remember it and it has excited me about the new Mad Max movie out later this year.
I went to see this film because it was set in Iceland. It follows the story of two brother in laws as they rekindle their friendship as one of them helps the other one to get over his last relationship. The Icelandic landscape was beautiful to see. It wasn’t the best film ever, but it was nice to head out on a Wednesday afternoon and see this instead of being in work.
GFF15 Surprise Film
This year’s surprise film was The Voices. I’m not the biggest fan of Ryan Reynolds, but I really enjoyed this film. I like going to see the Surprise Film at the Film Festival, as you never know what you are going to get.
The final film I went to see was Eden. This is about DJs in France and follows them from the 90s through to the present day. I really enjoyed this film, though I found it very sad. It focuses on one of the DJs, his life as a promoter and doing things for the love and not the money, but ultimately how long can he go on for?