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Modern Masterpieces #9: Memento

In the seventeen years since it first premiered at the Venice International Film Festival, very few films have been able to match Memento in complexity, ingenuity, or sheer disorienting thrills. A simple revenge film twisted and warped into a riddle wrapped inside an enigma, the film loses none of its charm or audacity after the …

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Sunday Short: Milk (1998)

So far, I’ve used this feature to highlight some of my favourite short films of all time, from eerie animations to poignant documentaries to bizarre one-offs. Today, I’d like to do something a bit different. The film I’ve selected as today’s Sunday Short is not one of my favourites, or even a film I particularly …

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Orange Is The New Black stumbles in its sixth season

After an uneven Season 5, Orange Is The New Black fans must have been hoping for consistency. The Litchfield Riot provided genuine tension and danger (Who would use the loaded gun? Would the inmates go too far?), but it also gave us some terrible storylines (Piscatello turning into an 80’s-slasher villain, everything involving the meth …

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Sunday Short: Outer Space (1999)

If there’s one genre that stands out among all others as being better in short does, it’s the experimental film. Avant-garde editing and filming techniques can be exhausting, but an experimental short can spend a few minutes showing you something you’ve never seen before. It can bend time and reality, change the rules of filmmaking, …

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First Reformed is an intense but frustrating religious experience

Over forty years since he wrote Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver in an insomnia-and-pornography-fuelled haze, writer-director Paul Schrader has returned to the world of anguish and despair with First Reformed, an unflinching study of Catholic guilt and wavering faith. Starring Ethan Hawke as a tormented priest who vows to keep a diary for one year, First …

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Sunday Short: Cargo (2013)

Many great feature films have started out as shorts. Damien Chazelle gained funding to make the Oscar-winning Whiplash through his short of the same name. Jennifer Kent’s Monster would grow in length and turn into the film we now know as The Babadook. Jim Cummings’ Thunder Road, which I highlighted here a few weeks ago, was released as a feature earlier this …

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Leave No Trace is a moving portrait of a father and daughter out in the wilderness

It’s a crime that in the eight years since her magnificent Winter’s Bone – an Ozarks-set crime thriller that introduced Jennifer Lawrence and earned a Best Picture nomination –  Debra Granik has only been able to produce one other feature film (little-seen documentary Stray Dog). A talented writer-director with an eye for real locations and unknown …

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Sunday Short: Krista (2018)

Having highlighted well-known and popular short films so far with this feature, I’d now like to turn my attention to a future classic released just a few months ago. Premiering at the South By Southwest Film Festival in March 2018 (where it won a Special Jury Recognition prize), Danny Madden’s Krista is a powerful, provocative experience. …

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Why I stopped watching The Handmaid’s Tale

At what point do you stop watching a television show? Sometimes it’s within one or two episodes, as you realise that the quality is poor and unlikely to get better. Other times, it’s after multiple seasons and dozens of episodes when the writers have begun to spin their wheels and drag out their stories as …

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Remembering Robby Müller with his ten greatest shots

In sad news, cinematographer Robby Müller passed away on Wednesday 4th July. For those who don’t know, Müller was perhaps the defining cinematographer of 80s and 90s independent cinema. Initially known for his work with Wim Wenders, including perhaps the most gorgeous film of all time Paris, Texas, Müller would go on to frequently collaborate with Jim Jarmusch …

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