LFF Review: The Grandmaster – The Weinstein Cut

grandmaster-posterStarring: Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Wang Qingxiang, Zhang Jin, Zhao Benshan, Hye-Kyo Song, Chang Chen

Directed by: Wong Kar-Wai

The Surprise Film at the BFI London Film Festival this year ended up being The Grandmaster. I’m not sure how, but I hadn’t seen a Wong Kar-Wai film until this. I’ve been meaning to watch 2046 and In The Mood For Love for ages, but it hasn’t happened yet, and after seeing his latest, I don’t know how much of a rush I’m in to catch up. I should mention this review may get spoiler-y, as I don’t think I can get my point across without discussing the plot.

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LFF Review: Nebraska

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Nebraska_PosterStarring: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, Stacey Keach

Directed by: Alexander Payne

We all know elderly people who believe whatever they’re told, and some who are a little too stubborn for their own good, so it’s very likely anyone who watches Nebraska will see something familiar in the lead character. Alexander Payne’s latest film stars Bruce Dern in the lead, alongside Will Forte, June Squibb, Stacey Keach and Bob Odenkirk.

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LFF Review: Tom at the Farm

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Tom at the FarmStarring: Xavier Dolan, Pierre Yves-Cardinal, Lise Roy, Evelyne Brochu, Manuel Tadros, Anne Caron

Directed by: Xavier Dolan

Tom at the Farm is the latest film by the young Canadian director, Xavier Dolan, set in rural French Canada, quite a change in backdrop from his previous work. Dolan takes the lead role of Tom, a guy from Montreal, who visits the childhood home of his boyfriend, Guillaume, after he dies in an accident. But of course, all is not as it seems with his mother, Agathe and brother Francis. Hell bent on keeping Tom at the farm, Francis pulls Tom into a strange, abusive (but platonic) relationship.

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LFF Review: As I Lay Dying

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as-i-lay-dying-posterStarring: James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, Danny McBride, Beth Grant, Logan Marshall-Green, Ahna O’Reilly

Directed by: James Franco

James Franco keeps churning out films faster than most people can keep track of, and they all seem to have some merit to them, making it all the more impressive. One of his latest directorial ventures is an adaptation of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, which premiered at Cannes earlier this year. Franco also co-wrote it (with Matthew Rager), and stars in it alongside Jim Parrack, Logan Marshall-Green, Tim Blake Nelson, Beth Grant, Ahna O’Reilly and Danny McBride.

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Preview of The 57th BFI London Film Festival

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Today the full programme for the 57th BFI London Film Festival was announced, which runs in the city from 9th to 20th October, mainly in Leicester Square and the BFI’s home on Southbank, but also featuring screenings all over London.

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