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Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet

Suite Française

Suite Française

Take the Money and Run

Take the Money and Run

Mortdecai: The Soundtrack

Mortdecai: The Soundtrack

Aftermath

Aftermath

The Road

The Road

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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BIFEST – Bari International Film Festival

BIFEST-2015

BIFEST – Bari International Film Festival reaches every year 70.000 spectators, and in just five editions, with its broad offer of the highest cultural level (our 2014 program presented 332 events over 8 days), it has grown to become one of the leading cinematic events in Italy. The 6th edition of Bifest will be held March 21st to 28th, 2015.

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Bellflower

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

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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Reviews

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet lies suspended between the disturbing void of David Lynch’s strangest (and so often, emptiest) works, and the...
  • Suite Française

    Suite Française

    Based on the 2004 novel of the same name, Suite Française is the story of a French woman’s love affair with...
  • Take the Money and Run

    Take the Money and Run

    If Woody Allen hadn’t written Take the Money and Run, we’d be without such scenarios as an examination into...
  • Aftermath

    Aftermath

    Some people choose to shout and cry when they’re in pain; they prefer to give up and refuse to...
  • The Road

    The Road

    The Road is based on one of the great modern American novels – Cormac McCarthy’s book of the same...

Pride


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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