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David Byrne’s American Utopia

Friday, November 20th, 2020 Film Reviews,

In the liner notes to his 2018 album, American Utopia, David Byrne reflects on the title. “Is this meant ironically? It is a joke? Do I mean this seriously? Am I referring to the past or the future? Is it personal or political?” These questions, which echo the lists of questions in wellknown songs such […]

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American Dharma

Friday, November 13th, 2020 Film Reviews,

Steve Bannon is not stupid, he can even be charming, but he is not the kind of guy you’d like to see loitering-with-intent in the corridors of power. In American Dharma, Errol Morris brings us an extended interview with the man Time magazine called “the Great Manipulator”, interspersed with excerpts from Bannon’s favourite films. Morris, generally […]

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Kajillionaire

Friday, November 6th, 2020 Film Reviews,

Miranda July made a big splash with her debut feature, You, Me and Everyone We Know in 2005. She may not have challenged the superhero flicks at the box office, but she became an overnight sensation on the Indie circuit. A performance artist, actor and novelist, July is an all-round creative personality who treats her […]

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Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm’

Thursday, October 29th, 2020 Film Reviews,

We know what to expect from a new Borat movie: The Worst. We know it will be stunningly vulgar, packed with stunts and gags that seem guaranteed to generate a violent response. The satire will be so broad it offends fans as well as foes. It will be kind of disgusting, with lots of moments […]

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Corpus Christi

Friday, October 23rd, 2020 Film Reviews,

According to that famous former nun, Karen Armstrong: “The great sages of religion have always said that you don’t start out deciding metaphysical questions about the existence of God or the viability of the resurrection. You first live in a certain way.” Polish director, Jan Komasa, provides a dramatic illustration of this idea in Corpus […]

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Jean-Pierre Melville

Thursday, October 15th, 2020 Film Reviews,

With Hollywood saving its blockbusters for better days the cinemas are turning to classic and foreign films to fill the void. This is not a stopgap, but a great opportunity. If only a small percentage of regular cinema-goers take the chance to broaden their horizons it would be marvellous thing for film culture in this […]

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On the Rocks

Friday, October 9th, 2020 Film Reviews,

Born into Hollywood aristocracy, Sofia Coppola was playing small roles in her father’s films while still in nappies. She made a promising directorial debut in 1999 with The Virgin Suicides, but it was her second movie, Lost in Translation (2003), that established her as a rising star. A beautiful, melancholy, funny film about an impossible […]

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St. Ali Italian Film Festival 2020

Friday, October 2nd, 2020 Film Reviews,

This year the celebrations are slightly muted, but the Italian Film Festival is back. Normally the wine and coffee would be flowing freely, with a few glamorous movie stars on hand for premieres. In place of the usual demonstrative Italianisms, director, Elysia Zeccola, says audiences will have to be content blowing kisses to each other. […]

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David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

Friday, September 25th, 2020 Film Reviews,

If we were asked to nominate the world’s most admired human being, David Attenborough would be near the top of everyone’s list. At the age of 94, Attenborough is a secular saint of the natural world, a figure of immense moral authority. It’s almost inconceivable that anyone could be dismissive of this revered documentarian. Even […]

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The Translators

Friday, September 18th, 2020 Film Reviews,

For a writer to have a world-wide, runaway best-seller is like winning the lottery. If it were purely a matter of talent Dan Brown would be stacking shelves at Walmart. The genius behind The Da Vinci Code wasn’t the author but the editor who decided to leave in all the aimless bumpf downloaded from the […]