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October 4, 2010

The Runaways Director: Floria Sigismondi With Kirsten Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon Recent music biopics like Ray, Walk The Line and I’m Not There have been about prolific musicians who are now coming to the end of their careers. These films are as much tributes to the musicians as they are a dramatic recreation of […]

September 20, 2010

The White Ribbon Director: Michael Haneke The White Ribbon is a film that will have you talking afterwards. The film is about a series of mysterious crimes perpetrated against the inhabitants of a small German village throughout 1913 – 1914. It works as an incredibly restrained murder-mystery, offering tantalising clues but leaving the audience re-arranging […]

September 6, 2010

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall his Past Lives Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul What the fuck was the jury at Cannes thinking this year? Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is one of the few films awarded the Palm D’or that should never have been considered for it. The film is a sprawling mess, […]

August 9, 2010

Summer Wars Director: Hosoda Mamoru Coming out of a film that is completely different and much better than you expected gives you this wonderful feeling, a feeling as if you’ve discovered something new. You have a desire to talk about it endlessly. This is exactly the feeling I had leaving Summers Wars. Expecting cutesy Ponyo […]

August 9, 2010

The Human Centipede Director: Tom Six The Human Centipede proves that a unique (and disgusting) premise is not enough to make a bad film watch-able. With a questionable plot that has had horror fans salivating for months, Centipede is about a demented ex-surgeon who decides to build a human centipede by sewing people together, mouth […]

July 12, 2010

Gasland is a doco that tackles a pressing environmental issue and condemns the Bush/Cheney government. Sound familiar? What makes Gasland so good is the fact it never becomes preachy or pushes a political agenda. Josh Fox deserves a lot of credit for making one of the most interesting and harrowing documentaries of recent years. The […]

May 31, 2010

I Killed My Mother Director: Xavier Dolan I Killed My Mother will undoubtedly become the film of the year for all those indie kids hanging out at the top of Cuba Street. It is almost the perfect film for indie kids. But the film, like the work of many young artists, is misshapen, both in […]

April 27, 2010

The classics of Japanese cinematic drama are often films which examine the intricacies of relationships between family members. Still Walking firmly establishes itself firmly in this tradition of Japanese Cinema and is among the best studies of family relations ever committed to film. Still Walking follows Ryota (Ryu), a 40-year-old Japanese man who brings his […]

March 22, 2010

The beauty and power of Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road lies in its ability to let each individual reader create their own vision of a bleak, apocalyptic world. The short sentences, lack of punctuation and simple dialogue give readers an opportunity to create a vivid world through what McCarthy doesn’t describe, rather than what he […]

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