This summer will be my second year covering the Edinburgh International Film Festival for all of you cool dudes. Other publications might spend hours and hours writing in minutiae about the portrayal of women in modern
Iranian cinema, but Screenkicker will be there sifting through the crap to bring you the best from the fest. Today i’m bringing you a preview of what looks good. This may change due to various reasons but mainly whether the screenings are on early in the morning or not. You can look forward to the following:
An American indie drama starring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, Hellion shows the dark side of parenting. Paul plays a young father with a little shit for a son. Will he be able to achieve normality or will the family fall apart? I’ll let you know!
A gross out comedy about…what? Its actually the sory of a man who tracks down the relatives of people who die alone? That’s pretty dark. Eddie Marsan stars in the new film from Full Monty producer Umberto Pasolini. Expect life affirming drama and great performances
The Green Inferno
Its the UK premiere of Eli Roth’s homage to Cannibal Holocaust. A group of well meaning students travel to the jungle to help stop the destruction of a remote tribe’s culture. All goes well until stomachs start rumbling. I’m a wimp when it comes to this kind of horror so this could end up being an endurance test for me.
Cold in July
This is the new film from Jim Mickle who has impressed me immensely with Stake Land and We Are What We Are. Michael C. Hall plays a normal man who through a series of unfortunate events forms a vigilante group with Don Johnson and Sam Shephard. Yes,you’re right, that does sound amazing.
Life After Beth
A low-budget flick about a young man grieving the death of his girlfriend. Sounds like every other pretentious, minimalist film fest movie doesn’t it? Well the twist is she comes back as a zombie. Life After Beth is an out and out comedy starring Dane DeHaan and Aubrey Plaza. Could be a future cult classic.
To Kill a Man (Matar a un hombre)
Another film about a vigilante To Kill a Man is a Chilean drama from Alejandro Fernández Almendras about another simple man driven to extremes to defend himself. Charles Bronson would be proud of these guys if he wasn’t too busy getting violent revenge on criminal scum.
That’s just a few of the highlights. Other movies premiering include Joe with Nicolas Cage, The Anomaly from Noel Clarke, and loads more. You can check out the line up here. Stick with Screenkicker this month for all of the gossip, the bitterness, and the descent into madness that will be my coverage of the 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival. OK guys, i’m here now, you can start the fest.