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Nope

Friday, August 12th, 2022 Film Reviews,

Jordan Peel has enjoyed a meteoric rise from the margins to the mainstream in the space of only three features. Peel’s debut effort, Get Out (2017), had all the hallmarks of a cult classic. An off-beat zombie movie with a political subtext, it gave a dark, satirical twist to those racial anxieties that have divided […]

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Full Time & Juniper

Saturday, August 6th, 2022 Film Reviews,

If you’ve been to Paris and not experienced a demonstration or strike, you’ve missed one of the quintessentially French cultural experiences. Perhaps it’s a legacy of the Revolution, but  Parisians have never been shy about taking their grievances to the streets. It’s tremendously stirring for those doing the marching and chanting, but a pain for […]

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The Forgiven

Friday, July 29th, 2022 Film Reviews,

No-one is ever really “forgiven” in a film scripted and directed by John Michael McDonagh, or his brother, Martin. Like the Coens or Jim Jarmusch, the McDonaghs specialise in overturning the cinema’s age-old storytelling conventions. In a James Bond movie, for instance, a large part of the audience’s pleasure comes from watching the same predictable […]

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Official Competition

Saturday, July 23rd, 2022 Film Reviews,

Hubris, which comes from Greek tragedy, means “excessive pride or self-confidence”. Official Competition begins with a grand display of hubris, as a billionaire businessman commissions a movie as a monument to himself. It won’t be just any old flick but an instant cinema classic intended to win prestigious awards and stand the test of time. […]

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Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song

Saturday, July 16th, 2022 Film Reviews,

Hallelujah, the Hebrew word of praise for the Lord, is all over the Old Testament. How strange, but how very typical of our contemporary neediness and confusion, that Leonard Cohen’s song of that name should have become a secular pop anthem for our times. Daniel Geller and Dayna Golding’s innovative documentary, Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A […]

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Thor: Love and Thunder

Saturday, July 9th, 2022 Film Reviews,

The Thunder God went for a ride Upon his favourite filly I’m Thor! he cried The horse replied: You forgot your thaddle, thilly!   This little rhyme has remained lodged in my mind from the day I read it in a Marvel comic, when I was still in primary school This was decades before the […]

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Lost Illusions

Friday, July 1st, 2022 Film Reviews,

  Everything is taxed, everything is sold, everything is manufactured, even success.                                                                                                          […]

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Elvis

Friday, June 24th, 2022 Film Reviews,

There’s no mystery about a film by Baz Luhrmann. We know it’s going to be big and brassy, fast-moving, wilfully superficial, and packed with over-the-top theatrics. As a result, I go along to each new Baz film with a sense of diminished expectations. For me, everything started to go wrong with Moulin Rouge! (2001), which […]

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Jurassic World Dominion

Friday, June 17th, 2022 Film Reviews,

If Top Gun: Maverick took formula film-making into the stratosphere, Jurassic World Dominion has returned it to the primordial swamp. Whatever the shortcomings of the previous installment in this seemingly endless series, it feels like a classic alongside this new effort. In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Spanish director, J.A.Bayona managed a few clever twists […]

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Benediction

Thursday, June 9th, 2022 Film Reviews,

Taking your peaceful share of Time, with joy to spare. But the past is just the same–and War’s a bloody game… Have you forgotten yet?… Look down, and swear by the slain of the War that you’ll never forget.                                 […]