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Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick

David Parkinson on 21st November / comments

As the BFI reissues 2001: A Space Odyssey as part of its Sci-Fi Days of Fear and Wonder season, Crash Course looks back on the career of the peerless Stanley Kubrick.

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1990 - 2005: Terra Incognita - From Space Precinct to Doctor Who

1990 - 2005: Terra Incognita - From Space Precinct to Doctor Who

Frank Collins on 21st November / comments

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

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The Homesman: Film of the Week

The Homesman: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 21st November / comments

Tommy Lee Jones returns to the director’s chair for this unusual Western, concerning the efforts of a single woman and a grizzled old coot to transport a trio of madwomen to an asylum. It reveals a surprising feminist streak, writes Mike McCahill.

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Get On Up: a biopic that moves like James Brown

Get On Up: a biopic that moves like James Brown

Mike McCahill on 20th November / comments

The big-screen biopic of James Brown adopts a scattershot approach to chronology, whisking us at will between the singer's younger, middle-aged and veteran incarnations. Only a fine central performance holds it together, writes Mike McCahill.

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Winter Sleep: entering hibernation with this year's Palme d'Or winner

Winter Sleep: entering hibernation with this year's Palme d'Or winner

Mike McCahill on 20th November / comments

This year’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner is a heavyweight, novelistic study of a hotelier in rural Turkey whose ordered life starts to unravel. It provides the missing link between The Cherry Orchard and The Queen Vic, argues Mike McCahill.

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The Day The Earth Caught Fire, “Is this the end – or another beginning?”  - on DVD for £13.49

The Day The Earth Caught Fire, “Is this the end – or another beginning?” - on DVD for £13.49

Mark Reynolds on 20th November

After nuclear tests knock the world off its axis, global temperatures start to rise rapidly. In London - where the heat is such that the Thames is in danger of drying up - Daily Express reporter Peter Stenning (Edward Judd), his colleague Bill Maguire (Le

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What We Do in the Shadows: Kiwi comedy keeps up with the undead

What We Do in the Shadows: Kiwi comedy keeps up with the undead

Mike McCahill on 19th November / comments

The team behind TV’s cult comedy Flight of the Conchords reunite for a larky mockumentary examining the habits of a quartet of vampires in latter-day Wellington, New Zealand. It doesn’t lack for bite, writes Mike McCahill.

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My Old Lady: Downton's Dame Maggie in a less than hot property

My Old Lady: Downton's Dame Maggie in a less than hot property

Mike McCahill on 18th November / comments

Maggie Smith toplines this cosy comedy-drama as an aged Parisian making life difficult for visiting American Kevin Kline during his stay in Paris. You'll be itching for someone to break contract, laments Mike McCahill.

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Red Refugees

Red Refugees

James Oliver on 17th November / comments

During the anti-Communist hysteria of the 1950s, many of those blacklisted in Hollywood crossed the Atlantic to ply their trade in Britain. James Oliver looks at some of the films they made and ponders how they re-shaped British film.

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Third Person: in the valley of blah

Third Person: in the valley of blah

Mike McCahill on 14th November / comments

Oscar-winning writer-director Paul Haggis (Crash) attempts a comeback with this multi-stranded drama centring on couples in various forms of crisis. It’s his own midlife crisis Haggis should be worried about, yawns Mike McCahill.

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Life Itself: Film of the Week

Life Itself: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 14th November / comments

This documentary portrait of the late, lamented film critic Roger Ebert describes its subject’s passage from student journalist to social media megastar using passages from Ebert’s own memoir. It’s a wonderful life, writes Mike McCahill.

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Diplomacy: why we'll always have Paris

Diplomacy: why we'll always have Paris

Mike McCahill on 13th November / comments

The conversation that may have spared key Parisian landmarks from Nazi destruction forms the basis of this collaboration between playwright Cyril Gély and director Volker Schlondorff. It’s a showcase for two fine actors, writes Mike McCahill.

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Stanley Kubrick

David Parkinson on 21st November / comments

As the BFI reissues 2001: A Space Odyssey as part of its Sci-Fi Days of Fear and Wonder season, Crash Course looks back on the career of the peerless Stanley Kubrick.

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1990 - 2005: Terra Incognita - From Space Precinct to Doctor Who

Frank Collins on 21st November / comments

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

Read

Red Refugees

James Oliver on 17th November / comments

During the anti-Communist hysteria of the 1950s, many of those blacklisted in Hollywood crossed the Atlantic to ply their trade in Britain. James Oliver looks at some of the films they made and ponders how t...

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Hayao Miyazaki

David Parkinson on 11th November / comments

As Hayao Miyazaki brings down the curtain on his illustrious career with The Wind Rises, Crash Course offers a valedictory salute to one of the masters of Japanimation.

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Film Criticism

David Parkinson on 6th November / comments

This week, Crash Course traces the evolution of film criticism to mark the release of Life Itself, documentarist Steve James's affectionate profile of influential American critic, Roger Ebert.

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Supermarionation

David Parkinson on 30th October / comments

As Stephen La Rivière's Filmed in Supermarionation plays in cinemas before reverting to disc, Crash Course presents a no-strings attached guide to the world of Gerry Anderson.

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