Best: Moonrise Kingdom
Worst: The Lorax, that film took a massive shit on my childhood.
‘I just can’t understand why we just don’t do whatever we feel like’ – An interview with Isabella Eklöf
Having graduated from the National Film School of Denmark last year, Isabella Eklöf has already made 11 shorts including Noter Fra Kælderen (Notes From Underground) which was showcased in the Encounters Short Film and Animated Festival. The film is notable (sorry) for it’s pastel colour cinematography and the excruciatingly awkward, sometimes brutal and sometimes romantic, relationship between the middle aged Karlberg (Rasmus Haxen) and young girl Anita, a bold performance from Lærke Engelshart. Eklöf centres the film around this unusual couple, handling scenes with unsettling precision and poeticism. Given the content of the film, it came as something of a surprise that when I met her yesterday to discuss the film, practically the first thing she did was buy smoothies for the both of us.
Brave is the latest outing from the prestigious Pixar Animation Studios directed by Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews. It features Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly and Julie Walters and is shown in 3D in selected cinemas.
Ted is Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s debut feature film co-written with FG writer Alec Sulkin. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and MacFarlane himself in the eponymous role.
Today is the 113th birthday of perhaps one of the few filmmakers whose work and name is universally recognisable. No one aside perhaps Spielberg, Chaplin or Kubrick (and even then) has found greater success in the West and, later, the East.