Saturday October 31st 2009
|Could well be Haneke’s best, but even his worst would be up here. 144 minutes of complete unobstructed brilliance.||The perfect balance of art and functional storytelling. Brutal, absorbing and provocative. Also contains some mad good violence.||Pretty much exactly what you want from the Coen brothers: funny, bizarre and thoughtful in equal measure. Gets better and better the more you think about it.|
|The worst thing about this pile of old rubs was that it thought it was one of the greatest films ever made. The levels of self-importance and unbelievable seriousness were off the fucking chart.||It’s time to put a stop once and for all to the crime against humanity that is the massive majority of British filmmaking. And what kind of title is that?||Clive Owen is in this. And he’s not the worst thing about it. What have we learned?|
|I can’t believe I missed number one at the cinema and now I’ve missed number two at the festival. It’s not out until 22/01/10.||Apparently this is fifteen or sixteen times better than it sounds. Which is good, because it sounds like an MTV Films film. It’s not out until 29/01/10.||Herzog’s new one has divided opinion but I can pretty much guess which way my opinion would go. I also like to think that the elongated title is ironic, which would be brilliant. They haven’t even set a UK release date.|
THE FINAL WORD
>> We saw 28 feature films at this year’s festival.
>> 16 of these were on our 30 Must See list.
>> The only movie we saw but didn’t review was The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights. It was quite fun – 6/10.
>> The Vue West End turned out to be quite a good venue. Screens 5 and 7 are both top notch and having four Leicester Square screens dedicated to the festival meant that most stuff was easier to see.
>> It was better than last year.
Thanks to everyone at the BFI and Premier PR for their help and support during this year’s festival.