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Edinburgh Film Festival: Day-by-day guide… PART ONE

Film festivals, like any kind of festival, tend to have lots of things going on in a not-very-long period of time. This can lead to confusion and anger when scanning the programme and finding that the thing you wanted to see is on at the same time as the other thing and that the third thing has already been on and you missed it and AAAGH!

As such, a plan is required. Best way to break it down is to go through, from the 18th to the 28th, and pick one thing each day to go and see, with the pros and cons honestly weighed up for your perusal. Because let’s face it, unless you’re a journalist, an aristocrat, or the kind of person who REALLY plans ahead, you won’t have the time, money, or sheer determination to fire into all the films at the festival. So here we go, the Moviebarn guide to the Edinburgh Film Festival… Continue reading


Life on the floor…

As I mentioned once before, I work in a cinema, watch films a lot, and am a (sometime) film journalist. A triple threat, if you will. This post is all about my weekend in the cinema. Its content is fairly self-explanatory, you’ll see it if you read on. Well, go on then. ***Warning – this contains what could be seen as a spoiler for 10,000 BC. But only if you thought the ending wouldn’t involve a Mammoth in one way or another.***

Working in a small city-centre cinema, the reactions we get to films are a bit, well, they’re not what you might expect. Absolutely nobody went to see Vantage Point last week, yet a good 50 people nearly filled the tiny screen it was in Sat. and Sun. Nobody really bit on the previews for Horton, despite him clearing house in Amewica, and apparently there are still plenty of people who haven’t seen Juno.

 It just goes to show that there’s no accounting for people – plug the hell out of a film pre-release and nobody comes to see it; try and drop it like a stone and they’re on it like hobos on a bindle. Mind you, our cinema was still showing Atonement the week after it came out on DVD.

 At least there was one thing that everyone could agree on – 10,000 BC. “Total shit” is what I’m hearing from the punters, shit with an nonsensical ending involving a heart-to-heart with a mammoth.

Oh, and I hit my head on an ice-cream cabinet, due to hitting it on a poster case. That was a sore one.