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Century Falls confirmed me in my opinion of Russel T Davies. He has some bloody good ideas, but doesn't half string them together badly. It was nice to have a not-standardly-pretty female lead, and lots of female secondary characters. It passed the Bechdel Test with flying colours. But the dialogue was awful.

The Short films were something of a mixed bag. The Image was total bobbins, but vaguely interesting because it had David Bowie in it. The Cicerones was very atmospheric and felt very League of Gentlemen, but ultimately lacked a payoff. The Island had amazing sound design, but no story, and finished with a remake of the scene from the end of Red Dwarf: Better than Life, so all I could think was Our faces have been smeared with jam and we're about to be eaten alive by killer ants!!! which made me giggle rather than feel the fear. Killer Display clearly wanted to have Peter Cushing in it as the shopkeeper, and was OK. Salvage was a mash-up of Aliens, Event Horizon and lots of other space horror films, and involved much of the same team as Killer Display. Again, it was OK. I suspect that Joey Wong, in particular, is a name we're going to be seeing more of in future.

What to say, then, about the only remaining short film Arbeit Fur Alle (Full Employment)? Oh, it was amazing. It is certainly the best short film I have seen at one of these festivals since The Telltale Heart animation. I could pick holes: the solitary female character is a screamer who needs rescuing, for example. But I really don't want to because it was so utterly, magnificently awesome. I ain't going to spoil it for you, which means I am not going to post the trailer I found on YouTube because it's spoilerific, but if you get the change to see the whole thing, you really should. It's fabulous.

Next up for me was Matthew Hopkins: Witchfinder General. I've seen it before, obvs, being a huge Vinny P fan, but never on the big screen. It's not a standard Vincent Price film. Aside from the Wilfrid Bramble's cameo (Witchfinder are you? Oooo that's nice), not one frame of it is played for laughs. It's a harrowing proper horror film. Price's performance is the antithesis of, say, Theatre of Blood - he dials it right down, and does actual proper acting. He plays an unrelenting cold-eyed murdering sociopathis rapist, and it's very unsettling. If you're a genre fan and you get the chance to see this on the big screen you totally should.

We ended the day with Psycho. Again, this is a film I am very familiar with but had never seen on the big screen. Before the film itself we were treated to an original trailer, in which Alfred Hitchcock gave us a tour of the set and was totally playing it for laughs. And then the film itself... The print was absolutely beautiful; a crisp, clean digital print. I'm not going to go into the story because everybody knows it, but seeing it in a cinema as it was meant to be was an immense experience. Hitchcock is an absolute master at drawing you in and messing with your head, and this is one of his best films. Anthony Perkins is brilliant as Norman, but there's not really a dud performance in it. The music is jarring and effective. The camerawork and lighting are stellar... It fully derserves it's reputation as a classic of the genre.

Let's see, then, what today brings...

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Date: Saturday, June 5th, 2010 11:35 am (UTC)
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being a huge Vinny P fan

Have you ever seen The Bat. God, that movie is lots of fun. It also features Agnes Moorehead (one of my loves) in one of her only starring roles.

Date: Sunday, June 6th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
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Have you ever seen The White Ribbon? That's one I'd certainly recommend.


Bought the film on the strength of reviews & never looked back.

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