Glasgow Film Festival 2016

Ok, so this post is a little late, but as usual I went along to some films at the Glasgow Film Festival this year. Here is what I saw and what I thought of them.

High Rise

While this is visually and sonically really good, I am not a big fan of JG Ballard. I went to see this film to hear the Portishead cover of SOS by Abba. I didn’t like how the film ended.


This was shown at the IMAX cinema and it was the main reason to go and see it! I think this is definitely one of James Cameron’s best films and it was great to see it on the BIG screen. Some of the practical effects don’t look so good these days, mainly the drop ship sequences, but on the whole this held up really well. Especially the end fight scene between Ripley and the Queen alien. I always forget how tense Aliens is, it’s like a rollercoaster. The design for the film is excellent as well. It’s hard to believe that it is 30 years old now.


I went to see this because I hadn’t seen Jake Gyllenhal in a movie for ages. I did enjoy this film, but it wasn’t great, I was expecting more.

Surprise Film

My brother and I always get tickets for this. We’ve been going the last few years now and have seen some great and some not so great films. This year the surprise film was Love & Friendship, which is a Jane Austen adaptation. While I am not very keen on the work of Jane Austen, I really enjoyed this film. It was actually really funny and I thought that Tom Bennett stole the show. It follows the story of Lady Susan Vernon as she tries to set her daughter up with a husband, while also finding a new husband for herself. Tom Bennett plays the halfwit noble, Sir James Martin, and he plays it superbly.

Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives

This was the best thing I saw during the festival. It was a brilliant documentary. If you like Hip Hop then this is definitely worth a watch. It just told a great story of the radio show and how it drifted apart due to the music changing. It looked like it was a lot of fun making the radio show in the early days and they had some amazing artists on their show. Definitely worth picking up the DVD as I am sure all the extras will be amazing on it!

The Forest

This film was so bad. I’m not going to say any more about it.

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