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A Ghost Story

Director: David Lowery

Writer: David Lowery

Cast: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham

Cert: 12

Running time: 92mins

Year: 2017


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What’s the story: “C” (Affleck) and “M” (Mara) are a typical young couple, bickering, making up, and preparing to move out of their suburban bungalow. Suddenly, “C” is killed. But, he returns to their residence as a ghost, unable to forget M.

What’s the verdict: Easy to see why A Ghost Story has garnered 5-star-transcendental-experience reviews. As easy to see why it’s leaving others crying “Emperor’s new bedsheet!”

Much like Affleck for most of this movie, A Ghost Story is a white canvas upon which to project your own emotions...

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The Best Films of the 2016 BFI London Film Festival

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Another BFI London Film Festival belongs to the ages. And this 60th anniversary festival was done proud by some of the best cinema you will see this year (or next dependent upon UK release patterns).

Below is Electric Shadows’ Top 10 of this year’s LFF. Please note that in Brexit Britain immune systems seem to have fallen as low as the pound. With a heavy cold racking this gutsy scribe’s constitution, part days and bed rest replaced full film indulgence. This meant Personal Shopper, Certain Women (the LFF’s Best Film winner), The Birth of a Nation, Dog Eat Dog and Ethel and Ernest were all missed in favour of Lemsip and blankets.

All the above movies seem like Top 10 contenders.

Press screening scheduling clashes meant Elle was chosen over Manchester By the Sea and Your Name over ...

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Una

Director: Benedict Andrews

Writer: David Harrower (also play, Blackbird)

Cast: Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed, Ruby Stokes, Tara Fitzgerald, Natasha Little

Cert: 15

Running time: 94mins

Year: 2016 



What’s the story: Haunted-eyed 28-year-old woman Una (Mara) appears at the work place of old acquaintance Ray (Mendelsohn) to confront him about a shocking past event.

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What’s the verdict: Adapted by David Harrower from his Tony award winning play Blackbird and helmed by Australian theatre director Benedict Peters, Una recalls the confrontational work of Alan Clarke.

In middle England, 15 years before Una re-appears in the life of Australian ex-pat Ray, the two of them had a sexual relationship that saw Ray imprisoned and Una traumatised...

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Must-See Films at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival

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When writing preview features for the London Film Festival it’s difficult to resist the numbers. Those big numbers representing how many films will show over the 12 day festival, how many countries are featured, how many cinemas films are hosting films. And crucially, which numbers in the calendar you should be blocking out.

That last one’s easy – Wednesday 5th to Sunday 16th October.

But, there is one figure this year of paramount importance. 60.

In 2016 the BFI London Film Festival marks its 60th anniversary. Maintaining the original brief of being a “festival of festivals” the LFF continues to bring to the UK movies which have wowed audiences at other festivals that year.

The opening film way back in 1957 was Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Throne of Blood...

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The Best Films of the 2015 BFI London Film Festival

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That was the 59th BFI London Film Festival then. 12 days and hundreds of films.

This year Electric Shadows is teaming with Rob Wallis’ Of All The Film Blogs to present the LFF Top 10 and the inaugural Leccie Awards, honouring those films we believe made this year’s festival shine.

Plus, left-of-field awards to show we’re not just ripping off the Oscars.

Before we begin, a full disclosure statement.

We were unable to check out the following films: Room, Dheepan, Bone Tomahawk and this year’s LFF Best Film winner Chevalier. We feel all are highly likely to have placed in our round-up, so the below is the best of what we did see.

THE ELECTRIC SHADOWS & OF ALL THE FILM BLOGS’ LFF TOP 10

  1. Carol
    “Exquisite, raw and sublime, expect the heat to rise between now and Oscar time” – Rob D...
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Carol

Carol-poster---Blanchett,-MaraDirector: Todd Haynes

Writer: Phyllis Nagy (screenplay), Patricia Highsmith (novel, The Price of Salt)

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson, Jake Lacy, KK Heim

Cert: 15

Running time: 118mins

Year: 2015


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The lowdown: Heartbreaking and intoxicating, Carol is a majestic experience. Cate Blanchett is on Blue Jasmine-level form as Carol and Rooney Mara delivers her best performance to date as Therese, two women who fall for each other in 1950s New York. This threatens a custody battle in which society woman Carol is embroiled and store worker Therese’s relationship with her decent but dull boyfriend. Haynes has total control of the emotions and sumptuous visuals in a film that echoes Wong Kar-wai’s In The Mood For Love. No small praise indeed.

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The full verdict...

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