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Fly Me to the Moon

Friday, July 19th, 2024 Film Reviews,

It’s said that Marguerite Duras’s brief for Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) was to script a love story that would not appear inconsiderable alongside the dropping of the Atomic bomb. She succeeded so well with this unthinkable task that Alain Renais’s film is recognised as a cinema classic. Scriptwriter, Rose Gilroy, seems to have been given […]

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The Bikeriders

Friday, July 12th, 2024 Film Reviews,

Assuming that much of the hooning around on motorbikes in The Bikeriders was done by stunt doubles, Austin Butler’s major contribution to this film is to look pretty and stare blankly at everyone else, and the camera. In his role as the young hoodlum, Bennie, the new Hollywood heartthrob has relatively few lines, even though […]

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Kinds of Kindness

Friday, July 5th, 2024 Film Reviews,

Yorgos Lanthimos is the supreme example today of an arthouse director who has made his way into the mainstream on the back of a couple of popular successes. The period romp, The Favourite (2018), and last year’s Poor Things, propelled him from the shadows into the bright lights of the Oscars. With his new film, […]

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A Silence & Spanish Film Festival 2024

Sunday, June 30th, 2024 Film Reviews,

A Silence doesn’t announce that it’s Based on a True Story, but its origins are not hard to find. In this film by Belgian director, Joachim Lafosse, the crime that looms in the background is that of  paedophile, rapist and serial killer, Marc Dutroux, who kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured a series of young girls from […]

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The Sitting Duck

Friday, June 21st, 2024 Film Reviews,

As we’ve recently seen with Iranian director, Mohammad Rasoulof having to flee his native land to avoid imprisonment and a flogging, the cinema still has the capacity to send tremors down the corridors of power. Although films on social justice issues are not much appreciated in authoritarian states, those same regimes recognise the immense propaganda […]

Art Essays

Midnight Oil: The Hardest Line

Tuesday, June 18th, 2024 Chinese Art, Film Reviews,

When a rock band enjoys a career of 45 years and sells more than 20 million albums, they probably qualify as legends. They may also be overdue for a documentary, an omission that has now been supplied by director, Paul Clarke, who has spent the past seven years making Midnight Oil: the Hardest Line, which […]

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The Three Musketeers

Saturday, June 8th, 2024 Film Reviews,

Why did I wait so long to read Alexandre Dumas? One of literature’s all-time best-sellers, he had to be doing something right. The grandson of a French nobleman and a African slave, Dumas (1802-70) was as unlikely as one of his own plots, and no less successful. He spent money as fast as he made […]

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High & Low: John Galliano

Sunday, June 2nd, 2024 Film Reviews,

In December 2010, John Galiano, one of the most celebrated British designers of all time, murdered his own career with a drunken anti-Semitic tirade in a Paris café. Kevin Macdonald’s feature-length documentary, High & Low: John Galliano, features footage of Galliano’s meltdown, and it’s not a pretty sight. The same could be said of Galliano’s […]

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Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Saturday, May 25th, 2024 Film Reviews,

All great film series have their highs and lows. A masterpiece is followed by a dud, a long sequence of flops suddenly comes up trumps. One can never be confident that a great film will be followed by an equally compelling sequel, or that a franchise that resembles a dead horse might not spring to […]

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The Taste of Things

Saturday, May 18th, 2024 Film Reviews,

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is famous for the statement, “Tell me what you eat and I’ll tell you who you are”. It appears in The Physiology of Taste (1825), a book in which cooking becomes a subject of philosophical and sociological reflection, an artform and a science. No-one has ever taken their food quite so seriously […]