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And I’m going to make you see it.

It hardly happens that I don’t rant so this is a very special moment on Midnight Review. I presume that you missed the very quiet release of Frank, a film which proves that the less naked Micheal Fassbender is the less audience appears in the cinema. Such a shame, because Frank is an amazing, heart-warming film that would definitely make your summer (which is over buahahahaha!) a very enjoyable one. Suckers.

Still, Frank is coming out on all the devices that these days show films next Monday so you should definitely give it another chance. And hey, maybe there is a behind the scenes footage there and Fassbender does get naked! Worth a risk. So Frank…

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I love it. I’ve seen it twice and both times I loved it. It tells a weird story of a weird band seen from a perspective of a pop singer wanabee who spends his day trying to write a song and tweeting about it like he’s already written an album. Besides that he works in your typical office doing your typical fuckall. It’s a dream his life so when the possibility appears in a form of attempted suicide by one of the members of a weird band noone can pronounce the name of (you try), he literally jumps right into it, into the middle of it, the concert stage during the gig…which will turn out unsuccessful like many other gigs this band performed (or rather failed to). But Jon knows something the band members don’t know. He knows twitter.

And so begins his weird journey with the band members including the weirdest of them all, Frank. Frank is different. He has an amazing talent – something between Jim Morrison and Nick Cave of electronic music and charisma like noone else. But these are not the reasons why you wouldn’t miss Frank in the crowd. He also wears this head, this massive head on his head with large painted eyes and a mouth opened in a constant shock. Frank is weird.

Jon spends the time learning everything and nothing at the same time about Frank and the group during his nearly a year stay in the middle of nowhere where they record the newest album. And the music you hear is amazing. Frank could be watchable solely for its soundtrack. Michael Fassbender turns out to be as good of a singer as he is an actor and my little dream right now is that one day he will turn into a weird Jim Morrison-Nick Cave mix and record an album of his own.

Jon tries to reach out to Frank, make him into one of his idol. Indie bands seem to be doing fine so Jon gets a place booked for Frank and his band at the SXSW and spends time persuading them that the best they can do is become more approachable. But on the way to what Jon considers the band success stands Clara, played by Maggie Gyllenhal who head to head with Fassbender rules the whole film. She is mad, bad and electrifying. And she cares about Frank.

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Frank is a short and extremely entertaining film due to its energetic editing and hypnotising music. Leonard Abrahamson (‘What Richard Did’) has proven again that he knows how to tell a story and because of his outstanding directing the weirst tale becomes the most persuasive one. It helps that Jon Ronson, the author of the article the film is based on also wrote the script. There is a lot of heart in Frank and although there are some flaws and at the end of the day, the film doesn’t move the earth, it is its emotions that make it one of the most memorable of the year.

by Amelie

It’s a little late but living in Medway I find it hard to see good films that seem to come out every week this summer and yet, do not reach this area whatsoever. So I travel to London to see good films and it often happens, like this week, that every film I see is brilliant. Add Curzon Soho to the viewing experience and you get a night to remember forever.

I saw the Congress, Two Days and One Night and Lilting the same week and it took me a few minutes to pick one to review. I was thinking about it quite hard even though shortly, because I tend to only review bad films on my site and although ranting is fun, I do not promote those who deserve it. So Lilting.

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Lilting might be leaving cinemas soon, so go and see it before it does. To say that the story is brilliant and the acting is just outstanding would be an understatement. It is so much more than this. Lilting is extremely urgent and importnat film, especially today when half of us travel from place to place trying to feel at home furthest from the one we were brought up in. Lilting is a story about communication, fitting in and understanding oneself and other. It is told with butterfly sensitivity, in beautiful shots and through editing like no other. It is a poem that runs like waves, small and large, angering and calming the sea.

I hate this part of a review when you are suppose to reveal the plot, so as most of the times I will be very broad and vague as chicken soup. A pair of lovers, one of them dies. His mother, a Chinese woman who never adjusted to English culture she’s been surrounded by since she moved to England years before, is left alone in a care-home, a non-home to her. The son’s lover, Richard (amazing Ben Whishaw) decides to visit her, one, two and then every day and with a help of a young Chinese speaking girl, he learns how to communicate with the mother of Kai.

Andrew Leung and Been Whishaw in Lilting

I wish this description could give Lilting the justice it deserves but the story is just a pretext for the film to uncover the subtelties of communication, the complex details that make it difficult, often impossible. Not only is it language that allows us to communicate but we need to move within the cultural frames, often to foreign to understant. Lilting offers us an important look into the feeling of being lost- lost in a different culture, lost in your age, lost after the death of a loved one. The director, Hong Khaou is a poet behind the camera, leading our eyes into hearthtouching and melanholic images always balanced with a gentle smile which kills cheesy sentimentality that so often destroys films like this one.

I cannot recommend Lilting enough. It is a beautiful, tear-sweetening story, one that stays in one’s heart for a very long time after the screen goes black.

Because it has a bloody great poster

 

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NIGHT MOVES is the story of three radical environmentalists coming together to execute the most intense protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam—the very source and symbol of the energy-sucking, resource-devouringindustrial culture they despise. Harmon (Sarsgaard) is a former Marine, radicalized by tours of duty overseas. His life in the military is behind him, but at heart he remains the same reckless alpha male he always was, eager for adventure, excited by the prospect of mayhem and destruction. Dena (Fanning) is a high society dropout, sickened by the consumer economy into which she was born. She’s moved west and cut ties with her family, edging ever deeper into radical politics. And Josh (Eisenberg), their leader, is a self-made militant, devoted to the protection of the Earth by any means necessary. A son of the middle class who works on an organic farm, he’s an intensely private person by nature and may have the deepest convictions of them all.

NIGHT MOVES is a tale of suspense and a meditation on the consequences of political extremism. When do legitimate convictions truly demand illegal behaviours? What happens to a person’s political principles when they find their back against the wall?

UK theatrical release by Soda Pictures on 29 August 2014 Running time: 112 mins / Certificate: TBC