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Last Hijack

Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting’s Last Hijack was billed as a documentary that provides insight into Somali piracy from a pirate’s perspective – rather than put them down as villainous low-lives, it would perhaps provide a deeper explanation of a phenomenon that was fuelled by a famine and civil war that almost simultaneously ravaged a nation.

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On the Essence of Cinema

Another Woman

Another Woman It’s my strong belief that Woody Allen‘s work is at its best when he is doing two particular things – engaging in philosophical debate and writing for women. His masterful 1988 feature, Another Woman, shows glimmers of philosophy but primarily demonstrates just how well Allen knows women and their complexities.

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The Puffy Chair

The Puffy Chair The Puffy Chair could have gone either way –it would have all depended on the ending that brothers Jay and Mark Duplass chose for their film. It could have been an awkward comedy hiding its romance for its biggest part but revealing its warmer side near the end, or it could have been a more realistic, genuinely mad road trip of two people that very obviously don’t belong together.

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Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner Mike Leigh is the reason I love cinema. When I was in my late teens I discovered Secrets & Lies, High Hopes, Life is Sweet and Vera Drake. Then in my first year at University I saw Another Year and it sealed the deal. I was reminded of why I’d chosen to study film, why I adored British cinema and why Leigh is such a unique and fearless director. I discovered him and Loach at the same time and there work holds a very special place within me – I am often moved to tears by their films just because I am reminded of the beginning of my love affair with the moving image.

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65th Berlin International Film Festival

65th Berlin International Film Festival

The public programme of the Berlin International Film Festival shows about 400 films per year, mostly international or European premieres. Films of every genre, length and format find their place in the various sections: great international cinema in the Competition, independent and art house inPanorama, films for young audiences in Generation, new discoveries and promising talents from the German film scene in Perspektive Deutsches Kino, avant garde, experimental and unfamiliar cinematography in the Forum and Forum Expanded, and an exploration of cinematic possibilities inBerlinale Shorts. The 65th Berlin International Film Festival will begin on 05/02/2015 and conclude on 15/02/2015.

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Bellflower The very fabric of young, male adulthood is at display in writer/director Evan Glodell’s 2011 indie smash Bellflower. The film spews pure emotion as it conveys a sense of longing, dread and testosterone fuelled post-apocalyptic fantasy.

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The Kings of Summer

The Kings of Summer The Kings of Summer is filled with fantastic one-liners, dialogue, and a contempt for the ordinary and the mundane which I have rarely seen in cinema –particularly in a film which is supposed to represent the genre of comedy. Which, in its broader sense, is too often associated with a lack of meaning, of thought, of contemplation.

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The Comedians

The Comedians The era, the actors, the title; it all fools the viewer into believing that Peter Glenville’s The Comedians might be a good Sunday afternoon experience, a true classic with a good and solid love story, a heroic protagonist, the wit of Alec Guinness, Richard Burton’s exaggeration – but look a little deeper, watch a while, get immersed, and The Comedians becomes a tale of barbarism and decay, filled with hopelessness, corruption, and death.

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes A guillotine blade falls; a head falls into a basket. An old effect—it is a plaster mold and fake blood, after all. Nevertheless, with some late-night darkness around it the image can catch the point between reason and imagination—an illusion that can haunt the wrong viewer for a long time to come.

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Looking for Johnny

Looking for Johnny It would seem that Thunders had something to give us in his lifetime but never got round to doing that something justice. And maybe that was the purpose of the film; an examination of someone who wouldn’t ordinarily inspire an entire documentary. Not really who you would call a legend. Rather, a talented someone who lived his life and then died; The New York Dolls a small reminder of Johnny Thunders’ too-short time in this world.

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Toto and His Sisters

Toto and His Sisters To be exposed to such decay and helplessness, and also witness the contrast created by Andreea and Toto, whose spirits and willpower clash with the pain and terror of their background, is beyond affecting.

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Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point The open road is a living thing; if filmed in the right way, the wide landscapes can open up ahead, pulsing with life and instilling a sense of wonder in the viewer. To many people, the road is symbolic of escape, limitlessness, and anarchy. Vanishing Point attempts to emphasise this by keeping dialogue, character development, and static shots to a minimum, while drawing out driving scenes and never restricting the film to small spaces. The film is miles ahead of its time.

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Faust Evil is everywhere, but when the Devil himself takes a seat on the cliff overlooking your town, a change comes in the struggle about to ensue: these are forces of greater power than the world for the part they had in making it, though when humans get dragged in the blows tend to be felt entirely on our terms — in vices and virtues, good and evil, with all the weight such words once contained.

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Mikra Anglia

Mikra Anglia Parents to blame for everything gone wrong in life has always been a central topic I’ve agreed and identified with in film. I’ve also always seen the potential for unconventional comedy and drama in it. But in the case of Ioanna Karystiani’s and Pantelis Voulgaris’ Mikra Anglia, no matter how monstrous the parent we’re dealing with is, one has to wonder: why aren’t her daughters speaking up and acting out in their own lives?

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  • The Seventh Continent

    The Seventh Continent

    Michael Haneke’s debut feature film is so faceless and repetitive that it drives itself to suicide. The master of...
  • General Orders No. 9

    General Orders No. 9

    I, too, have looked at a map of the United States and noticed how the networks of cities and...
  • Walking Under Water

    Walking Under Water

    Eliza Kubarska’s Walking Under Water contains such beauty that I remained tearful throughout my viewing although there was absolutely...
  • Zivan Makes a Punk Festival

    Zivan Makes a Punk Festival

    (Original Title: Živan Pravi Pank Festival) Ognjen Glavonic’s film achieves a wonderful balance between mockery and veneration. The filmmaker’s...
  • The Shot

    The Shot

    A ten-minute film based upon the face of a little girl. The Shot. Through her ever-widening eyes, the viewer...


Political, hysterical and downright ruddy fun, Pride is brimming over with heart and soul.

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I Shot Andy Warhol

I Shot Andy Warhol If we were given an Andy Warhol that is more that of the Andy Warhol Diaries and less the Andy Warhol we see putting on a hard face in interviews or that we hear about through whispers, rumours and life accounts of those that disliked him or fell out with him, a more fair portrayal of the relationship between Solanas and Warhol would have been achieved.

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Win Win

Thomas McCarthy has a knack for writing bizarre plotlines while delving into honest, authentic human emotions –dwarves obsessed with trains, African immigrant squatters, and in his latest work, a lawyer whose real passion lies in coaching a teenage wrestling team.

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