TIFF Day 5 – Sightseers

Read all our TIFF 2012 coverage here.

We’re all going on a summer holiday – ★★★★

[TIFF listing]

Director: Ben Wheatley  //  Country: United Kingdom  //  Year: 2012  //  Language: English  //  Runtime: 89 minutes  //  Rating: 18A  //  Principal Cast: Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Eileen Davies, Jonathan Aris, Richard Glover, Monica Dolan  //  Screenplay: Alice Lowe, Steve Oram

The latest film from Ben Wheatley (alas no relation) returns to the black-as-night humour showcased in his feature debut Down Terrace while sprinkling in a few of the sickos that featured in so well in last year’s Kill List.

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Creepy caravans… Ben Wheatley’s KILL LIST follow-up SIGHTSEERS

Kill List was one of the surprises of last year. A delightful unbridled throwback to occult horror classics of the 1970s, earning a well-deserved place on our top films of 2011. It got its general release in the UK and Ireland on September 2nd, a few weeks before being one of the highlights of the Toronto Film Festival’s Midnight Madness program where bleary-eyed director Ben Wheatley managed to hold together a Q&A at 2am after just flying in from the UK that day. Fair play.

It finally gets a North American limited release next weekend, where it will face stiff competition at the box-office from Drew Barrymore and some whales in Big Miracle. Check out everybodyloveswhales.com to feel.

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Spooool’s 25 Best Movies of 2011

The best part of coming up with your favourite films of the year is trying to remember what the hell came out. So after spending the Christmas holidays trawling through IMDB and digging under the couch for old ticket stubs to try make a master list of “stuff wot we hav seen“, we’re finally able to remember what we liked from the last 12 months.

We both have individual lists (they’re riiiiight at the bottom of this post) but pooled them together to get this list of 25 of our favourite releases of 2011. These movies define Spooool, so be prepared to be pissed of by our choices, but be sure to comment and let us know what you think.

Last year saw new additions to the classic genres (Insidious – horror, Rango – western), fresh offerings from auteur directors (The Tree of Life, Hugo, The Skin I Live In, Midnight In Paris), stunning documentaries (Senna, Hell and Back Again), strong work from up and coming film-makers (Take Shelter, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Kill List) and exciting efforts from across the international spectrum of cinema (A Separation, Troll Hunter).

The 25 films are all featured below and an [N] denotes a blurb from Nigel, [P] means Páraic. And clicking on the film image will take you to our original Spooool review, where applicable.

So without further ado (in fairness it’s already a week late), let’s get started with #25… Read More