Marley & Aniston

Jennifer Aniston – an actor seen frequently doing great work in poor films, sometimes excellent work in good films, and occasionally, amazing work in excellent films. How are we to know this prolific and skilled artist’s full range? We’ll just have to watch all of her films. After a hiatus, Aniston of the Week is back, and this time, it’s Marley & Me. FILM: Marley … Continue reading Marley & Aniston

Aniston of the week: We’re the Millers

Jennifer Aniston – an actor seen frequently doing great work in poor films, sometimes excellent work in good films, and occasionally, amazing work in excellent films. How are we to know this prolific and skilled artist’s full range? We’ll just have to watch all of her films. After a hiatus, Aniston of the Week is back, and this time, it’s We’re the Millers. FILM: We’re … Continue reading Aniston of the week: We’re the Millers

Aniston of the week: Mother’s Day

Jennifer Aniston – an actor seen frequently doing great work in poor films, sometimes excellent work in good films, and occasionally, amazing work in excellent films. How are we to know this prolific and skilled artist’s full range? We’ll just have to watch all of her films. After a hiatus, Aniston of the Week is back, and this time, it’s Mothers Day.   FILM: Mother’s … Continue reading Aniston of the week: Mother’s Day

Catalogue films by Dana Berman Duff

Recently I was asked by filmmaker Dana Berman Duff to write a programme note for her upcoming screening at Echo Park Film Centre in LA. I love Dana’s films so it was easy to say yes, and a pleasure to write the below piece. I last saw Dana (and her films) when working for Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival in March 2017, when we … Continue reading Catalogue films by Dana Berman Duff

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

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?)

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

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

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

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…