Film Festival Review: Mockingbird Film Festival, Birmingham
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I’ll admit it; I took this article mainly as a way to justify watching films in a bar every night. Dissertation? Love to, but I’ve got this film festival review to do. Guess I’d better just drink Carling and watch Harrison Ford punch robots. But actually, this film festival was great. The Mockingbird Theatre is a small building in the middle of a lovely complex called The Custard Factory. The complex in the middle of a rough area called Digbeth, but whatever. In terms of space, Mockingbird Theatre is as much a bar as it is a cinema. The vibe (ooh, look at me. I used the word “vibe”, I’m practically a Vice journalist) is definitely that of a bar. But a calm bar, where people can relax with mates. The actual cinema room is small with some randomly placed missing seats. Genuinely, there are seats missing in every row. Might be worth looking into. The films they showed were an interesting and eclectic bunch. They were: Dr Strangelove Not one of Kubrick’s experimentally shot features, the dialogue in this film is near perfection. You don’t need a cinema screen to fully appreciate this film like you might with The Shining or 2001, but I’m still glad I got to watch this again. The Warriors One of the strangest movies I’ve ever seen. Basically it’s a load of gangs attacking one gang (The Warriors). And just like real life, all the gangs in this movie put far more effort into theming and appearance than, you know… gang stuff. Also, none of them seem to have guns. The Warriors are supposed to be the goodies but, honestly, their Crocodile Dundee outfits are pretty boring. I was definitely rooting for the gang with clown makeup and baseball kit on.
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