FOEC is shiny and new all over again!

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Since moving back to London I have elected to give FOEC a little makeover and shift operations to its new home on Squarespace. New logos, slick designerizin’ and other sundries abound!

Check out the first review in the new site, a special write-up from the East End Film Festival of neo-Giallo The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears with an all-new original score by Blanck Mass!

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What we do in the Shadows (2014)

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Vampires stalk the streets of Wellington in search of fun, friendship and virgins in the second feature film collaboration from Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi, which finds a documentary film crew capturing the less glamorous side of life after death.

Written & Directed by Jermaine Clement & Taika Waititi / Starring Jermaine Clement, Taiki Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macauer / Cinematography by Richard Bluck, D.J. Stipsen / Music by Plan 9 / Film Editing by Tom Eagles, Yana Gorskaya, Jonathan Woodford-Robinson / Production by Funny or Die, New Zealand Film Commission Read More

Borgman (2013)

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Borgman 2013 review Green Medal FOECAffluent Dutch townies become the victims of an unholy force of justice in Alex van Warmerdam’s insidious black comedy. A hugely enjoyable tease from start to finish, Borgman almost overcomes its own obscurity but never amounts to more than the sum of its parts.

Written & Directed by Alex van Warmerdam / Starring Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval / Cinematography by Tom Erisman / Music by Vincent van Warmerdam / Editing by Job ter Burg / Production by Graniet Film  Read More

¡CON SUBTÍTULOS, POR FAVOR! 15 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS FOR 2015

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But every language is foreign to someone, n’est pas? I’ve decided to compose my second watch list for this year from films that will need subtitles in UK and US cinemas. Few of the Most Anticipated… lists that have been dropping across the internet in the past month have focussed on upcoming releases from outside the US so I present this personal list to give my fellow cinephiles a rundown of the spectrum of exotic delights that ought to add some spice to the proceedings in 2015. Read More

HEIGHTENED ANTICIPATION: 15 BRITISH FILMS FOR 2015

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2015 is already shaping up to be a year overstuffed with huge events at the cinema and if the number of outstanding films released this year is even half as great as the number released in 2014 then 2015 will be brimming with treats for rabid cinephiles of all ages. In an attempt to compartmentalise some of the titles already grabbing my attention and to stump for the enticing and exciting releases coming out of my native land’s industry here is a list of my most anticipated British films for 2015.  Read More

The Babadook (2014)

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The-Babadook-FOEC-movie-review-medalJennifer Kent’s nerve jangling feature debut is the most textured, exiting and surprising horror movie of recent years; an expressionistic psychological odyssey rich in metaphor, humour and the sound of things going bump, bump, bump in the night.

Written & Directed by Jennifer Kent / Starring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Benjamin Winspear, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West / Cinematography by Radek Ladczuk / Music by Simon Njoo / Production by Causeway Films Read More

The Guest (2014)

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The-Guest-2014-FOEC-review-worth a lookThe shadow of John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) looms large over Adam Winguard’s and Simon Barrett’s stylish and often amusing wanton killfest. Dan Stevens is wilfully cast against type as a menacing blue-eyed killing machine gone to ground in the home of a bereaved small-town family.

Directed by Adam Winguard / Written by Simon Barrett / Starring Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelly, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick / Cinematography by Robby Baumgartner / Music by Steve Moore / Production by HanWay Films, Snoot Entertainment Read More