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Tag: American film

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Little Woods

Friday, May 17th, 2019 Film Reviews,

Little Woods is a defiantly little movie – the story of two mismatched sisters in the backwoods of North Dakota, struggling with poverty and crime. In an age when films are valued in terms of big budgets, box office and celebrity power, Nia DaCosta’s directorial debut gives the impression that it was shot in a remote […]

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1985

Thursday, April 25th, 2019 Film Reviews,

It’s become a reflex action nowadays to judge every film about America’s recent past as a comment on the present. Movies such as BlacKKKlansman or Vice make it easy to draw the connections. Others, such as 1985, by Malaysian-born director, Yen Tan, take a more oblique approach. Shot in melancholy black-and-white, the scenario is small and intimate, […]

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BlacKKKlansman

Friday, August 17th, 2018 Film Reviews,

“There are certain values we feel to be absolute,” wrote Aldous Huxley, in an essay of 1932. “Truth is one of them. We have an immediate conviction of its high, its supreme importance.” Not any more we don’t. Not in a world of alternative facts, in which inconvenient words and deeds are written off as […]

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Tully

Friday, May 11th, 2018 Film Reviews,

Last time you saw Charlize Theron she was probably looking glamorous in tights and leather. Now, less than a year after her stunning, if slightly ridiculous, appearance as a secret agent in Atomic Blonde, she’s back! As a frumpy, depressed suburban mum. Theron has added 22 kilos in one of those body transformations that have […]

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The Florida Project

Friday, December 15th, 2017 Film Reviews,

Jean Baudrillard – not long ago the most fashionable French philosopher in the English-speaking world – once suggested that the purpose of Disneyland was to make Americans believe the rest of the United States was not Disneyland. He phrased it a little differently, but the gist of his argument was that life in America had […]

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Logan Lucky

Friday, August 18th, 2017 Film Reviews,

Steven Soderbergh is one of Hollywood’s mavericks and one of its great professionals. A certain percentage of his films might be termed arthouse projects, while others embrace the mainstream, leaping from genre to genre with the enthusiasm of a life-long student of the cinema. It’s almost as if Soderbergh becomes wary of his own artistic […]