The Love Witch

05/19/15

Falling for The Love Witch, an interview with Anna Biller

First published by Kino! 28-29. Back in January at International Film Festival Rotterdam, among the hundreds of films screening, a path emerged that lead led this writer to films concerned with womanhood. Nicolette Krebitz’s Wild took the notion of the wild woman archetype literally, playing deviously with female instinct and longing. Elizabeth Subrin’s A Woman, A Part, explored the mid-life crisis of a woman shifting … Continue reading Falling for The Love Witch, an interview with Anna Biller

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Aniston of the week: Love Happens (or does it?)

Dull, dull Aaron Eckhart. FILM: Love Happens DIRECTOR: Brandon Camp YEAR: 2009 CHARACTER NAME AND PROFESSION: Eloise, Florist PLOT SUMMARY: Eloise meets self-help guru/grief expert/boring white male Burke (Aaron Eckhart) when he flirts with her at the hotel he’s staying/leading a seminar at, while she’s delivering flowers. Burke’s wife died three years ago, and his grief coping strategies have turned into a career, helping others, … Continue reading Aniston of the week: Love Happens (or does it?)

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My week in film: Iberodocs, Green Room and a Captain America movie

After a hiatus shaped like Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (which I produced), my viewing journal returns with a typical mix of artistic expression and popcorn nonsense. On Wednesday night the third edition of Iberodocs – Scotland’s only dedicated documentary festival and a celebration of Ibero-American cinema – opened at Filmhouse in Edinburgh to a packed audience. Begun as a way to showcase the … Continue reading My week in film: Iberodocs, Green Room and a Captain America movie

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Aniston of the week: The Break-Up

This week, we take a look at Aniston’s post-Pitt break up movie, in which she stars with that loveable, fast-talking rogue, Vince Vaughn, as his exasperated partner. FILM: The Break-Up DIRECTOR: Peyton Reed YEAR: 2006 CHARACTER NAME & PROFESSION: Brooke Meyers, Art Dealer PLOT SUMMARY: Brooke and Gary (Vince Vaughn) are in a long-term relationship. They live together in a comfortable apartment in Chicago. One … Continue reading Aniston of the week: The Break-Up

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Aniston of the week: The Switch

This is one of the few Aniston film’s this writer has watched more than once, probably due, not only to Jennifer’s charisma, but the presence of Jeff Goldblum and Juliette Lewis in the cast. A silly plot, conventionally structured, but clearly it’s got through to me somehow. FILM: The Switch DIRECTOR: Josh Gordan, Will Speck YEAR: 2010 CHARACTER NAME & PROFESSION: Kassie Larson, TV Producer … Continue reading Aniston of the week: The Switch

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Aniston of the week: Rumour Has It…

The year after Friends ended, Aniston made two films, one of which, Derailed we’ll cover in the coming weeks. The other is an odd identity crisis comedy/drama based on the idea of The Graduate being a true story related to Aniston’s character. Aniston pretty much carries the film, which, amongst the weirdness, almost saves it. FILM: Rumour Has It… DIRECTOR: Rob Reiner YEAR: 2005 CHARACTER … Continue reading Aniston of the week: Rumour Has It…

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My week in film: Berlinale and a ‘hateful’ Tarantino

You might have missed this weekly viewing journal of late – this writer has been engaged elsewhere, covering the Berlin Film Festival competition (and some other films) for other outlets. For CineVue, I reviewed André Téchiné’s rewarding French drama Being 17 (****); Alone in Berlin (**) starring Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson; the dense and deftly handled Death in Sarajevo (****), which won the Silver … Continue reading My week in film: Berlinale and a ‘hateful’ Tarantino

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Aniston: 10 films later

Aniston of the week began ten films ago with Tiffanie DeBartolo’s 1996 comedy Dream for An Insomniac. So, what have we learned? According to the Aniston Role Matrix (which I just mocked up today), we’ve seen performances over three decades: five of Aniston’s nineties and early noughties Friends era movies, two in the late noughties and three from this decade. Aniston has played two health … Continue reading Aniston: 10 films later

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Sex, beauty and role play at IFFR 2016

Last year, I participated in International Film Festival Rotterdam’s Trainee Programme for Young Film Critics. It was my first visit to a film festival outside the UK and it opened up a world of cinema I’d yet to see at that point. Going back this year has been a very different experience, not least of all for navigating the programme without the structure of jury … Continue reading Sex, beauty and role play at IFFR 2016

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Aniston of the week: Management

This week, we approached another miss-matched couple with trepidation, but we were delighted to see Aniston playing football! Not only that, producing and starring in a flawed but endearing film. FILM: Management YEAR: 2008 DIRECTOR: Stephen Belber CHARACTER NAME AND PROFESSION: Sue, commercial art dealer PLOT SUMMARY: On a work trip to present to potential clients, Sue stays at a motel owned by Trish (Margo … Continue reading Aniston of the week: Management