Cache

Cache

The story thinly disguises his work as a sort of thriller, yet it never really evolves into one, and there is no reason why it should. There is very little terror directly associated with the tapes or the mysterious tormentor – though perhaps the term “tormentor” isn’t quite appropriate.

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Down By Law

Down By Law

From the grimy streets of New York City, the story lands us within four prison walls and then in the sweaty marshes. But across the entire film, the viewer always, unfailingly, finds himself contemplating in the very same place – and it’s always beautiful.

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12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

The human spirit can fester and corrupt so easily, and the most guileless child could so effortlessly grow to become an unsightly monster…

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Stanley Film Fest in Estes Park, Colorado

Stanley Film Fest in Estes Park, Colorado

The Stanley Film Festival showcases classic and contemporary independent horror cinema all set at the haunted and historic Stanley Hotel in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. The Festival presents emerging and established filmmakers enabling the industry and general public to experience the power of storytelling through genre cinema.

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Michael Haneke: Unpredictability, Spectatorship & Minimalism

Michael Haneke: Unpredictability, Spectatorship & Minimalism

With his heavy influence over other talented film makers and his consistent themes, styles and signatures, Haneke is undoubtedly a cinematic auteur.

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Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch

Friend, musician and actor, Tom Waits, said that ‘the key to Jim is that he went grey at fifteen, he always felt like an immigrant in the teenage world and he’s been a benign fascinated foreigner ever since’.

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Natural Evil in 12 Years a Slave

Natural Evil in 12 Years a Slave

Watching 12 Years a Slave, it’s easy to understand why slavery took so long to abolish: the one voice raised in opposition by the end of the film seems too little and almost too late against the eerie sense of normality that pervades the film.

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Killer’s Kiss

Killer's Kiss

Killer’s Kiss is no 2001, or Dr Strangelove, in the sense that Kubrick doesn’t reveal his full potential or genius through it, but it does possess a spark of something; the makings of a genius perhaps, still too young to really make the most of himself.

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The Piano Teacher

The Piano Teacher

Perhaps Michael Haneke’s most refined and meaningful piece of work, The Piano Teacher is far from an easy watch. In typical Haneke-style, there is unpredicted physical violence, repression and unanswered questions but all of this comes together to form a majestic yet twisted piece of contemporary European cinema.

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Coffee and Cigarettes

Coffee and Cigarettes

What makes it a must-see is the originality of Jarmusch’s dialogue, the naturalistic and humorous acting and of course the director’s brilliant black-and-white camera, working its way around and above the characters, closing up on the ashtrays and offering us a free refill every chance it gets.

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Hunger

Hunger

Bobby Sands is both a hero and a terrorist — but that all comes down to religious prejudices. In Hunger, he is a political prisoner, fighting for the very basic right of being treated like a human.

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