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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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Anomalisa

For many Anomalisa director Charlie Kaufman is a Chinese puzzle box of a filmmaker. One who, once you have managed to unlock, is full of intricate portraits told in abstract yet familiar ways. But if you’re unable to unlock, an...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mustang

From its opening moments it is made clear that Mustang is heavily influenced by Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides. The way it is shot, the delicate voice over all the way through to the themes and basic storyline of a group o...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Ones Below

You don’t see many thrillers days. They tend to be played out on either a much grander scale via the saturated market place of the superhero genre or on the smaller, more intimate, character building medium of television. The O...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Son Of Saul

You would think by now that the horrors of The Holocaust have been covered by cinema in every conceivable way. But the strength of Son Of Saul is in the way it addresses one of humanity’s darkest hours in a visceral, haunting a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gilda

There never was a girl like Gilda. Or so the slogan goes. But for many Gilda became memorable not for Rita Haworth’s iconic film but for its fleeting and crucial appearance in The Shawshanks Redemption. Yes, this is the film in...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Triple 9

Ahh Triple 9, you promised so much. Cops, robbers, a director who does down, dirty and gritty with aplomb and an all star cast. On paper it was one of the films to look forward to the most this year. And while it’s by no means ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Youth

After the majesty of The Great Beauty the world waited, with baited breath, as to what Paolo Sorrentino would do next. His follow-up Youth shares much in common with his last opus. That sense of looking back at life, of finding...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Victoria

Victoria takes the concept of cinema verite to all new levels. Because while many films aim for a documentary style Victoria is a two plus hour film that was accomplished in one single take. Search as you may there are very few...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Creed

Reinvigorating a much loved and hugely successful franchise is very in vogue. It worked for Star Wars and, like the galaxy far, far away, Rocky has had bumps in his cinematic journey. That might be confusing given that this fil...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Sign Of Four

Jeremy Brett brought a frenetic energy to the role. On screen he burned. Not so much inhabiting a scene as consuming it. Basil Rathbone gave us authority and authenticity – even when he was fighting Nazis and fifth column...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Danish Girl

Loosely based on the lives of artists Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) The Danish Girl should really have been called The Danish Girls. Because while Redmayne’s Einar come Lili is the focus of this...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ran

Akira Kurosawa is one of the most respected and influential film directors in the history of cinema. In the West, many have come to his films via remakes of such as The Magnificent Seven, based on The Seven Samurai, and Sergio ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A War

There is a moment during A War that perfectly captures the moral dilemma that rests at the heart of the film. As a platoon of Danish soldiers await help in defusing an IED an enemy combatant arrives and lines up a group of chil...