Picking the best movies that come out in any given …
My first Sundance is in the books and it went much too quickly. As evidenced by the fact I’m still publishing reviews, my eyes were obviously bigger than my stomach. Still, I’d rather see too many movies than too few, and there were some hidden gems in this year’s lineup. Here are my Top Five films, along with a couple of honorable mentions because I’m feeling generous (and sleep deprived).
When Boyhood broke at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, almost everyone agreed that Richard Linklater had created a powerful statement about the nature of growing up. Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood probably won’t generate that type of hype, but it’s no less powerful and probably more accomplished on a dramatic level. Unlike Boyhood, there are no security blankets in this world; some of the girls will make it and others will not. The only thing you can do is know yourself and fight like hell to protect that vision. Girlhood resonates with a quiet power and wisdom that demands to be heard.
The full line-up has been announced for this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, which runs from Wednesday 18th February to Sunday 1st March, and it features over 100 UK, Scottish or European premieres, as well as multiple rep screenings and special events.
The festival opens with the UK premiere of While We’re Young, Noah Baumbach’s comedy follow-up to Frances Ha, starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried and Charles Grodin. The closing night gala on 1st March will be the UK premiere of Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s already much-vaunted darkly comic relationship drama Force Majeure.