Heeeeey. Welcome to this week's film digest! The format of this little feature has been pretty mutable recently, with us trying to present you with an ever-changing platter of cinematic goodness, but we feel (now we're officially 4 years old) that it's time to settle down a little. So, what you see below is the new backbone of the film digest, a bespoke feature followed by the industry, casting, and box office news you might've missed out on, with a prompt segue into our Poster Child feature, with Trailer Park hot on its heels. Anyway, this week, in honour of Samsara we're focusing mainly on films about the rhythm of life, or about the often tragic poetry of it.

Danny - Film Ed.



Poetry In Motion

As you'll be reminded from the below trailer, some films try and do more than just tell a story. Some do it through a heavy reliance on philosophical wrangling (often Woody Allen films...) others with a big, worthy subject (often documentaries) and occasionally, one looks outside the box and does it visually. So, why not check out our very brief introduction to a peculiar sub-genre that just might be the most important one of all.

One Day On Earth

Apparently, Kyle Ruddick's meditation on the struggle but ultimately beauty of different lives is the first film made in every country of the world on the same day. It's a high concept and the kind of thing that could inspire you or bore you rigid depending on your willingness to explore the edges of conventional filmmaking. Either way, now you know about it!

The Tree of Life

Terence Malick's 2011 ode to the crewcut was hugely divisive in its depiction of innocence lost and existential musing. Some have even gone so far as to decry the film as a piece of pro-Christian propaganda but for others it represented a tender and unusual look at our place in the world.

Life in a Day

Are we detecting a pattern emerging in the titles of this kind of film? Either way, this somewhat revolutionary film asked amateur filmmakers to get involved, to the tune of 80,000 submissions, 4500 hours of footage from 192 countries. Kevin Macdonald then assembled the choicest cuts into a feature-length snapshot of a brief moment in time that transcends race, distance and for some, watchability. However, as with the above, you won't know until you try yourself and it's one of a short list of films that, whatever my own thoughts on it are, should be applauded for at least existing in the first place.


News Wrangle

After our review, and, well, the massive hype-machine trundling along, you might not be surprised to hear that Joss Whedon's fan-service-fest has scored the biggest opening weekend in a good ew Latin American markets as well as the much coveted (?) top opening ever for a superhero film in the UK. And you know what? It deserves it!

It's blatant 'viral' marketing but kudos to The Amazing Spiderman lot for this nice little look at how Parker's webslingers might actually work. Fanboys can stop bitching at how 'biological' Toby Maguire's versions were, although obviously, he's not to blame....we certainly are keen to see how Andrew Garfield takes on the spidey-mantle come July.

A very interesting sounding WWII film entitled Railway Man begins shooting up in balmy Scotland tomorrow, but it's the recently announced casting news that has us intrigued more than anything. Stellan Skarsgard and Hiroyuki Sanada were recently announced to be joining the picture alongside Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Jeremy Irvine. Sounds good eh?

Poster Child

To prepare you for the trailer below, check out the posters for director Ron Fricke's previous efforts:

Ok, technically he was cinematographer on this one....



Trailer Park

Ron Fricke isn't your ordinary filmmaker, and there's no way Samsara looks to be an ordinary film. Making a picture with a heavy emphasis on the visuals, and paying close attention to the heady rhythm of an expressive edit is one thing, but I think you'll agree when you see the trailer, this epic feature looks set to eschew standardised narrative in favour of the overwhelming power of montage. Who can say just yet whether it will remain a visual curio or alienate viewers with its lack of plot, but rest assured we'll be at a screening soon to let you know just how essential Fricke's new set of moving pictures really are.