June 2013 – Wait, I feel like I should say something important

EIFF 2013It’s officially festival season — but while everyone else bought wellies for Glastonbury and tickets to Download, I was trying to squeeze as many films into my day as possible.

After yet another uninspiring month at the multiplex — in which studios carelessly spilled the likes of The Hangover: Part III, Epic, After Earth and Man Of Steel into cinemas — things looked set to pick up with the June 19th opening of the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Attending once again on HeyUGuys’ behalf, I booked as much time off work as possible and begged various friends for a place to stay. Having picked up my press pass, screening schedule and complementary bottle of beer from the Traverse Theatre, I set off for Cineworld and my first film of the festival.

I saw sixteen films at this year’s EIFF, with only two of which failing to elicit much of a response — generic J-Horror The Complex and (unpleasant) surprise movie About Time. Not Another Happy Ending, Svengali, The Bling Ring and Magic Magic each had their moments, while Monsters University, Shooting Bigfoot, Oh Boy, A World Not Ours and A Story Of Children And Film were all very impressive indeed.

My own top five, which in the name of fairness ignores the typically incomparable Jurassic Park IMAX 3D, currently stands at Desert Runners, The Great Hip Hop Hoax, Shooting Bigfoot, Everyone’s Going To Die and — topping my list — For Those In Peril, a small Scottish film which quite simply blew me away.

Outside of the cinema I traveled to St Andrews and Aberdeen for work, walked from Carnoustie to Arbroath and visited Neish Island for Finding A Neish, and attended Edinburgh Zoo Nights for a friend’s birthday. I also contributed to My Film Views’ The Five Obstructions Blogathon with an uncharacteristically positive review of The Dark Knight.

Film of the month: For Those In Peril


About popcornaddiction
I am a psychology graduate, a News Writer for HeyUGuys/BestforFilm and, most importantly, a hopeless popcorn addict.

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