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Nostalgia

One of the more depressing developments in the market for art house film has been the tendency to collapse the market for world cinema into one large amalgamated market for art house film. What this means in practice is that on...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Flower of my Secret

Work your way through the six films included in the excellent Almodóvar Collection and you will begin to notice certain recurring motifs. Aside from Pedro Almodóvar’s fondness for transgressive imagery and his widely-celebrated...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kika

Back when distribution companies first began releasing and re-packaging the collected works of particular directors, eccentricities of choice could easily be explained away in terms of problems securing rights to well-known fil...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

While Law of Desire may have been the film that brought Pedro Almodóvar to a global audience, it was Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown that cemented his reputation as one of the great European filmmakers. Unlike Law of ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Law of Desire

As part of the Almodóvar Collection re-release, this version of Law of Desire comes with an excellent introduction by the academic Jose Arroyo. According to Arroyo, Almodóvar’s fifth film was a breakthrough on a number of diffe...
 
 
 
 
 
 

What Have I Done to Deserve This?

Fascism appears to have had a rather complicated influence on the development of Spanish cinema. When the dust finally settled on the Spanish civil war and cultural elites began surveying the damage, they realised that nearly a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dark Habits

While Pedro Almodóvar is now one of the best known and most widely-respected figures in European cinema, it is easy to forget that he began his career making underground films in the shadows of Europe’s last surviving fascist r...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jane Got A Gun

Given that Jane Got A Gun appeared on 2011’s Black List, a list comprised of the best unproduced scripts in Hollywood, it’s amazing that it ended up being such a nightmare to get made. Because watching Jane Got A Gun you are co...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Knight Of Cups

There was a time you had to wait decades for Terrence Malick to release another film. Then came The Tree of Life and off the back of that a flurry of films. To The Wonder followed, now Knight Of Cups and before long his next ou...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Only Yesterday

If you’re the type of person who likes to go into a movie blind – i.e. no prior knowledge of the plot, completely down for a spontaneous ride – then Only Yesterday is not for you. Though a sweet, subtle film about how reflectio...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Louder Than Bombs

Joachim Trier is a director who is quite obviously being groomed for better things. A graduate of both Denmark’s European Film College and Britain’s National Film and Television School, Trier’s first film Reprise was picked up ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dheepan

Three strangers are forced together out of desperation in a bid to escape war-torn Sri Lanka. Dheepan takes on this new family as a means to an end but the end soon gets frayed and the means must drastically change to ensure th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Solaris

  Andrei Tarkovsky began work on his third feature film under something of a cloud. His previous film Andrei Rubiev had gone unreleased and the semi-autobiographical project that would later become Mirror was still struggl...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Batman: The Killing Joke

Even if you haven’t read the graphic novel of Batman: The Killing Joke you will be familiar with it. Because Alan Moore’s seminal Batman story, first published in 1988, has, in one way or another, influenced almost every Batman...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mirror

Our culture teaches us how to understand our culture. From the very first moment our parents deposited us in front of a screen, we began learning how to understand the content of our culture. Every work of film and televisual a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Absolute Beginners

The early 1980s were a terrible time for British cinema. Having allowed television to steal most of its audience and failed to compete against the juggernaut that was post-Star Wars Hollywood, the British film business entered ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Disorder

The plot for Disorder feels like a host of Kevin Costner movies rolled into one. The concept of The Bodyguard slowly falling for his ward, the lavish world meets violence of Revenge and the mystery of No Way Out. But this isn’t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Trust

Nicolas Cage is one of those actors who’s always looking for an edge. That certain something to elevate a character beyond what’s written in the script. In Kick Ass, his genius was in playing Big Daddy as Adam West’s Batman ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

High-Rise

Based on JG Ballard’s cult novel High-Rise, for many, was deemed ‘unfilmable’. In order to bring such delectable chaos to the screen it would take a filmmaker not only brave but with their finger on the pulse of how to update, ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Couple In A Hole

There are now close to a million Japanese people who refuse to leave their own homes. Overwhelmingly young, overwhelmingly male, and overwhelmingly dependent upon their families, these people have been driven to complete social...