2015 Film In Review

I haven’t written a specific post about this year in film, but have decided to collect my scattered thoughts on it here. I have contributed to various articles over at Audiences Everywhere for their Yearly Roundup:

I would recommend some more articles, but instead I might confine that to a different post, as there has been a lot of interesting film criticism I have read this year. I will link that here once it is written.

As for my favourite movies of 2015, you can find them here. This goes by 2015 releases (obviously), so there are four notable omissions that would have likely topped this list, as the films I saw at The Brighton Film Festival are due for release in 2016

Total Watches: 216
Seen For the First Time: 139
Re-Watches: 77
Visits to the Cinema: 49
Released In 2015: 37
Brighton Film Festival: 6
Non-Male Directed: 7
Non-White Directed: 10

And just for fun, I’ll give out some award-y type things too: Continue reading →

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Tangerine Review

A lot of the buzz around Tangerine coming out of Sundance was focused on the fact that it was filmed exclusively on an iPhone 5s. Hoever, I should note that if I hadn’t been told so beforehand, I never would have guessed this to be true. The film looks great, even beautiful at times, visually accomplishing far more than might be expected from its $100,000 budget. And the device with which the movie was shot accounts for only one element of a make-shift production. Writer and Director Sean S. Baker wanted to make a movie about two people who meet at the small doughnut shop near his LA home. He knew the area was known for being a red-light district frequented by transgender sex workers, but didn’t have a story until he met his two leads. Alongside co-writer Chris Bergoch, he immersed himself in the culture and his familiarity and subject compassion is apparent in the loving detail seen in the finished film. They met Taylor outside a nearby LGBT Center, who knew some sex workers who were willing to talk. Some of the cast were found through Vine and Instagram. Most of the score was discovered on Soundcloud. Rodriguez’ real-life stories formed the script, and the charismatic actresses often went off-script to create some the finished production’s funniest moments. Continue reading →