Sun. Dance. [10 to look forward to from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival]

/ See what we did there? It's a stock image of girl DANCING in front of the SUN. Yeah? /

Every year around this time I take a cheeky look at flights to Salt Lake City, Utah.

One of these years I’m actually going to the Sundance Film Festival and try pack in ten days of snow, drinking and independent cinema. But sadly work, money and life commitments mean it won’t be in 2012.

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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

Tyrannosaur

Jesus wept - ★★★★

Dog lovers beware of Paddy Considine’s first feature length foray into the world of directing.

Set in Scotland , Tyrannosaur is a harsh and unapologetic look at the development of a friendship between Joseph played by Peter Mullan and Hannah played by Peepshow’s Olivia Colman. Although Joseph’s troubles are plastered all over his face Hannah’s misery takes slightly longer to unfold. Read More