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Goggle-eyed at the LFF

Goggle-eyed at the LFF (still from Drew Tobia’s See You Next Tuesday, which I actually never got around to seeing)

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The London Film Festival is over for another year and it was a pretty decent year. Notably, the organisation of the Press delegates’ facilities was much improved, for which we have to thank Premier PR rather than the BFI, but I suppose it had to be after the introduction of the mildly controversial £30 admin fee.

One significant little extra we got was access to a range of titles as online viewing links, rather than the bunch-of-DVDs-strewn-in-cardboard-box of previous years. A belated nod to 21st-century potentialities, but a very welcome one. This meant I managed to see about 50 films in the end this year.  I suppose my general observation in terms of the films would be that I saw a great many very good films, but not too many excellent ones. Also, what was slightly disappointing was that most of the really good ones were ‘biggies’ from major film-producing countries; I didn’t see too many smaller gems this year, although there was some credible stuff.

Anyway, here are the reviews I managed:

For Critics Notebook:

Wałęsa: Man of Hope
bit.ly/162dvU8 

Ida
bit.ly/18R8M89 

Jeune et Jolie
bit.ly/19fsfOl 

The Congress
bit.ly/19gO8g4 

Closed Curtain
bit.ly/1byIbN9 

Starred Up
bit.ly/16Ns7XO 

The Double
bit.ly/19pKVMv 

Under The Skin
bit.ly/177rIQf 

The Zero Theorem
bit.ly/1bVKytp 

For Vérité:

At Berkeley/La Maison de la radio
bit.ly/19WaTUB 

Sixteen/Of Good Report (unused in the end, so republished here)
bit.ly/1aFzrST

For WOW247:

The Epic of Everest
bit.ly/1gncfBm

Nebraska
bit.ly/1aVRMN1 

Inside Llewyn Davis
bit.ly/1aVW72F

All is Lost
bit.ly/1aVYFhl

Blue is the Warmest Colour
bit.ly/17brpWP

Gravity
bit.ly/17bsvlb

Kill Your Darlings
bit.ly/1gppa5U

Overall LFF 2013 roundup
bit.ly/1a2H1bt

On top of the those films, here were the others I saw. Perhaps I might try and do some casules of these at some stage (but in reality I probably won’t get around to it):

Blackwood
La Paz
Gare du Nord
The Sarnos: A Life in Dirty Movies
Stop the Pounding Heart
Vic + Flo Saw a Bear
Computer Chess
The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears
Bertolucci on Bertolucci
Camille Claudel, 1915
Child’s Pose
Milius
The Story of My Death
Pays Babare
Nobody’s Daughter Haewon
Four Ways to Die in My Hometown
Afternoon Delight
Drones
Norte, The End of History
The Lusty Men [archive Treasure]
Teenage
Night Moves (2013)
Harbour Drift (Jenseits Der Strasse) [archive Treasure]
Sandra (Vaghe stelle dell’orsa) [archive Treasure]
Only Lovers Left Alive
Trap Street
The Past
Locke
Exhbition
Sarah Prefers to Run
Gloria (2013)
Anak Araw
A Spell to Ward off the Darkness
So Much Water
The Wishful Thinkers
Suzanne

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