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the art of old films

Old doesn’t mean the hard hitting box office slams of the 2000s or the love stories to the tune of Norah Jones albums from the 90s. It means black and white, shadows looming on walls, female protagonists delicately and dramatically…

Top Ten Films of 2017

“Dunkirk” (wri-dir. Christopher Nolan) Christopher Nolan’s World War Two epic fulfilled its lofty expectations when it debuted in July, the prolific director once again showing his credentials when it comes to tension and spectacle. The characters haven’t much depth –they…

The Problem With Apu: when representation becomes problematic

In a time when Aziz Ansari, Riz Ahmed and Mindy Kaling are making huge strides for South Asian representation, we still have Apu. “The Problem With Apu”, American comedian Hari Kondabolu’s truTV documentary that details his decades-old frustration with “The…

Just playin’ around: “Battle of the Sexes” and “The Florida Project”

By Adam Solomons “Battle of the Sexes” isn’t a particularly subtle film, nor is it trying to be. It’s about a primetime tennis exhibition match between Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell), a former world number-one, and Billie Jean King (Emma Stone),…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Top 3 Theories

Rajan Chander runs through three of the most popular fan-theories surrounding next month’s mega-release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”. — As you all know (or should know) Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the next instalment in the greatest franchise…

Bourgeois escape and escapism: Breathe and Call Me By Your Name

Andy Serkis’ directorial debut, starring Andrew Garfield and Clare Foy, plus one of the films of the year, featuring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet. — “What follows is true”, we are told amid a light classical score, serene English countryside…

Roar with laughter at “The Death of Stalin”

“The Death of Stalin” is a triumphant and refreshing success for political satire. Armando Iannucci has pulled it off again. “The Thick of It” and “Veep” creator returns to the big screen with “The Death of Stalin”, a largely historically…

The stroke of a genius: “Loving Vincent”, the first ever hand-painted film

The film leaves the audience swirling through Van Gogh’s immediately recognisable French landscapes whilst familiar characters guide us through the emotional journey that lead to his tragic death. This is one for the aesthete as well as the heart-strings. The…

Crazy, stupid love: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

  Master Of None (2015-present) meets Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) in Noah Baumbach’s exceptional family comedy-drama, starring an ensemble cast including Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller and Emma Thompson. — They say friends are like family, except you…

How Looper revolutionised mainstream, low-budget filmmaking

Looper was released just on the 28th of September 2012 marking its fifth-year anniversary. The Rian Johnson written and directed movie (he is also making the upcoming STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI) is set in a bleak, dark future in…