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HITMEN & ASSASSINS

HITMEN & ASSASSINS

5th June

With John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate (1962) available in a dual Blu-ray and DVD formant, this month's quiz centres on hitmen and assassins.

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Chapter 6: Erotica Italiana

Chapter 6: Erotica Italiana

Barry Forshaw on 27th July / comments

Sex and Italian cinema are natural bedfellows. From the carnal undertones of neo-realism to the perverse obsessions of Passolini and Tinto Brass, sex is ever-present.

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Eden: Film of the Week

Eden: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 24th July / comments

French writer-director Mia Hansen-Love’s latest charts the ups and downs of an aspirant DJ in the millennial French house scene. Whether or not you dig the music, it’s a gorgeous piece of cinema, writ...

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Love & Mercy: very good vibrations

Love & Mercy: very good vibrations

Mike McCahill on 24th July / comments

This biopic of Beach Boy Brian Wilson contrasts the boyish 60s prodigy (Paul Dano) with his burnt-out 80s equivalent (John Cusack), feeling his way back to normal life. It’s expertly performed and ver...

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Southpaw: Jake Gyllenhaal rolls with the punches in stirring boxing drama

Southpaw: Jake Gyllenhaal rolls with the punches in stirring boxing drama

Mike McCahill on 23rd July / comments

Jake Gyllenhaal takes top billing in this punchy boxing drama as a fighter struggling to fend off his own inner demons. It’s nothing you won’t have seen before - but it lands some surprisingly powerfu...

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The Legend of Barney Thomson: Robert Carlyle runs with scissors in grisly farce

The Legend of Barney Thomson: Robert Carlyle runs with scissors in grisly farce

Mike McCahill on 22nd July / comments

The actor Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut turns on a downtrodden Glaswegian barber who finds corpses piling up everywhere he goes. Think Irvine Welsh, only replayed as panto, advises Mike McCahill.

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Best of Enemies: how American political debate changed forever

Best of Enemies: how American political debate changed forever

Mike McCahill on 22nd July / comments

This Sundance-heralded documentary casts a retrospective eye over 1968’s incendiary TV debates between leading right-winger William F. Buckley and provocateur Gore Vidal. The barbed wordplay masks a g...

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Fear

Fear

Mark Reynolds on 22nd July

Roberto Rossellini's unflinching, enthralling examination of cruelty, infidelity and victimhood.

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Mommy

Mommy

Mark Reynolds on 22nd July

The fifth film by 26-year-old Québécois directing prodigy Xavier Dolan is a powerful, disturbing and archly funny portrait of an impoverished single mom struggling to handle her son’s disorderly behav...

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Maggie: putting the zzz into zombies

Maggie: putting the zzz into zombies

Mike McCahill on 21st July / comments

Arnold Schwarzenegger toplines this low-key indie horror as a devoted father coming to terms with the fact his daughter Abigail Breslin has been bitten by a zombie. The casting’s all wrong, writes Mik...

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13 Minutes: Film of the Week

13 Minutes: Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 17th July / comments

After a spell in the wilderness, Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel returns with the true tale of German resistance hero Georg Elser, who came within fifteen minutes of killing Hitler in 1939. It’s...

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Trouble in Paradise

Trouble in Paradise

David Parkinson on 17th July / comments

In July 1932, Ernst Lubtisch started shooting what some consider to be the principal precursor of screwball comedy. Eighty-three years on, it has lost none of the chic sophistication and wicked wit th...

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Chapter 6: Erotica Italiana

Barry Forshaw on 27th July / comments

Sex and Italian cinema are natural bedfellows. From the carnal undertones of neo-realism to the perverse obsessions of Passolini and Tinto Brass, sex is ever-present.

Read

Trouble in Paradise

David Parkinson on 17th July / comments

In July 1932, Ernst Lubtisch started shooting what some consider to be the principal precursor of screwball comedy. Eighty-three years on, it has lost none of the chic sophistication and wicked wit that made...

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Carl Theodor Dreyer

David Parkinson on 16th July / comments

No one knows the original name of the son born to Josefine Bernhardine Nilsson in Copenhagen on 3 February 1889.

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HandMade Films

David Parkinson on 15th July / comments

As John Mackenzie's The Long Good Friday continues its revival run in UK cinemas, Crash Course looks back at the rise and fall of a very British indie.

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Orson Welles

David Parkinson on 6th July / comments

It's impossible to sum up the achievement and the enigma of Orson Welles in a couple of paragraphs. His influence on American cinema remains incalculable even though in strictly commercial terms, his directo...

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Christopher Walken

James Oliver on 6th July / comments

Christopher Walken, eh? Smart, eccentric and says James Oliver one of the best supporting actors about.

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