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The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman: Shia runs wild in Romania

The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman: Shia runs wild in Romania

Mike McCahill on 30th October / comments

This much-delayed oddity, which packs Shia LaBeouf and random co-stars off to Romania, finally arrives here almost two years after premiering at 2013’s Berlin Festival. Necessary isn’t quite the word for it, writes Mike McCahill.

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The Way He Looks: turning an eye to a tender gay romance

The Way He Looks: turning an eye to a tender gay romance

Mike McCahill on 29th October / comments

This Brazilian coming-of-age drama, the winner of Berlin’s 2014 Teddy Award for new LGBT cinema, sensitively depicts a blind teenager’s growing affection for a new classmate. Yet it’s so slight you can barely see it yourself, laments Mike McCahill.

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Serena: how the axe was taken to a logging epic

Serena: how the axe was taken to a logging epic

Mike McCahill on 28th October / comments

Susanne Bier’s tale of the scandal that envelops a 1920s logging baron has finally arrived in cinemas after a long spell in post-production. It’s evidently been chopped, but its raw materials are promising indeed, reports Mike McCahill.

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The Babadook: horror that pops right out at you

The Babadook: horror that pops right out at you

Mike McCahill on 27th October / comments

This widely acclaimed Aussie chiller recounts the legend of a mysterious pop-up book, and its effects on a stressed single mother and her young son. You’ll probably never set foot in a library again, warns an impressed Mike McCahill.

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Poetic Realism

Poetic Realism

David Parkinson on 24th October / comments

With Marcel Carné's noirish 1939 drama Le Jour se Lève newly arrived on disc, Crash Course harks back to the golden age of French cinema.

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Film of the Week: This Is Where I Leave You

Film of the Week: This Is Where I Leave You

24th October / comments

Inspired characters, a perfect location and an A-list ensemble cast and crew on a mission to entertain ensure a seamless transition to the screen for Jonathan Tropper’s hilarious and touching novel, writes Mark Reynolds.

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Zabriskie Point: a classic of the counterculture returns to cinemas

Zabriskie Point: a classic of the counterculture returns to cinemas

Mike McCahill on 23rd October / comments

Michelangelo Antonioni’s tale of two lovers on the run in a heavily commercialised America met with sniffy reviews upon its first release. Yet its sympathetic portrayal of rebellious youth remains hugely relevant, argues Mike McCahill.

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Fury: one war movie that deserves to tank

Fury: one war movie that deserves to tank

Mike McCahill on 22nd October / comments

This would-be awards season heavyweight plots the movements of an American tank crossing northern Europe in the dog days of World War Two. It's a lumbering vehicle, calibrated only for shock and awe, laments Mike McCahill.

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The Fantastic Worlds of Kevin Connor

The Fantastic Worlds of Kevin Connor

James Oliver on 21st October / comments

For our latest excursion into the dustier recesses of British cinema, James Oliver looks at the work of director Kevin Connor. The name might not be familiar but those with a taste for excitement, rubbery dinosaurs and Doug McClure will be in hog-hea

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1980 - 1990: Window of vulnerability  From The Day of the Triffids to Star Cops

1980 - 1990: Window of vulnerability From The Day of the Triffids to Star Cops

Frank Collins on 14th October / comments

Frank Collins continues his exploration of British science fiction television to mark the BFI’s major celebration of the genre.

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The Films of Lauren Bacall

The Films of Lauren Bacall

13th October

Following her sad passing on August 12th, there was a chorus of affectionate tributes to Lauren Bacall, one of the last icons of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Her marriage to Humphrey Bogart and the four films they made together sometimes overshadow her...

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Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

David Parkinson on 13th October / comments

With Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief (1955) still doing the theatrical rounds and Olivier Dahan's much-maligned Grace of Monaco arriving on disc, Crash Course felt it fitting to pay fealty at the court of Grace Kelly.

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Poetic Realism

David Parkinson on 24th October / comments

With Marcel Carné's noirish 1939 drama Le Jour se Lève newly arrived on disc, Crash Course harks back to the golden age of French cinema.

Read

The Fantastic Worlds of Kevin Connor

James Oliver on 21st October / comments

For our latest excursion into the dustier recesses of British cinema, James Oliver looks at the work of director Kevin Connor. The name might not be familiar but those with a taste for excitement, rubbery di...

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1980 - 1990: Window of vulnerability From The Day of the Triffids to Star Cops

Frank Collins on 14th October / comments

Frank Collins continues his exploration of British science fiction television to mark the BFI’s major celebration of the genre.

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Grace Kelly

David Parkinson on 13th October / comments

With Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief (1955) still doing the theatrical rounds and Olivier Dahan's much-maligned Grace of Monaco arriving on disc, Crash Course felt it fitting to pay fealty at the court o...

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Hollywood Dance Movies

David Parkinson on 7th October / comments

As Strictly gets into its stride and Mark Sandrich's Holiday Inn (1942) and Busby Berkeley's The Gang's All Here (1944) arrive on DVD, Crash Course dusts off its dancing pumps.

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An A-Z of Forgotten British Cinema: L

Julian Upton on 1st October / comments

A look behind the scenes with The Beatles, Ian Hendry's first leading role as a cheeky door-to-door salesman and vampires from outer space as Julian Upton mines the letter L for Britain's oft overlooked movi...

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