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  • There Are Monsters 2015

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    First published by Little White Lies, as part of a post-mortem piece on Glasgow FrightFest 2015.

    The festival's closing film, Jay Dahl's There Are Monsters, concerns a different kind of objectification [from Matt Winn's The Hoarder], in which people's outward appearance is a mere skin concealing something sinisterly alien within. Four students making an on-road documentary have unnerving encounters with others – especially twins – who look odd and display strange behaviours. It is hardly a spoiler to say that…

  • The Hoarder 2015

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    First published by Little White Lies, as part of a post-mortem piece on Glasgow FrightFest 2015.

    Enjoying its world première at the Glasgow FrightFest, Matt Winn's The Hoarder has two principal locations: the beautiful yet minimalist (read: empty) apartment of Wall Street banker Brad where we first meet his fiancée Ella (Mischa Barton), anxiously marrying above her class; and the multi-storey EEZZEE Storage building where Brad - and many others - keep the messier detritus of their lives. Ella goes…

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  • Nymphomaniac 2013

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    review from Film4 (slightly altered)
    www.film4.com/reviews/2013/nymphomaniac

    Descriptive synopsis: Controversial Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier rounds off his 'Trilogy of Depression' with a tale (in two parts) of sexual liberation, oppression and exploitation.

    Review:
    "Fill all my holes, please."
    It is perhaps not as catchy as the line "Chaos reigns" from Lars von Trier's Antichrist (2009), the first film of the so-called 'Trilogy of Depression' (which Nymphomaniac closes) - but nonetheless it is a line repeated several times by the heroine…

  • Jupiter Ascending 2015

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    In Chicago, young émigrée cleaning woman Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) discovers that her genes by chance grant her a place in one of the greater universe’s leading dynastic families, setting her at odds with the three lying, scheming relatives whom she has newly acquired. Soon this struggle will take her into space, in a race to save herself, her natural family and the general populace of Earth. Helped by a half-canine bounty hunter (Channing Tatum) with a genetic dislike of…