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60 Years of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

By - Nick Adrian For fans of musicals, bright cinematography, and the French New Wave By the early 1960s, the movie musical had started to run its course. Gone were the days of MGM’s elaborate Busby Berkley productions and Warner Brother’s Technicolor fantasies - what was once arguably one of cinema’s most popular genres was slowly dwindling. However, in France a group of young filmmakers were making “waves” over their […]

todayFebruary 22, 2024 22

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The Taste of Things

By - Nick Adrian For fans of French cinema, fine cuisine, and Juliette Binoche. Rarely do you see a film that is a pleasure to more than just the two usual senses associated with the medium: sight and sound. But Trần Anh Hùng’s French-language film The Taste of Things graces the cinematic palate like a fine four-course meal. If cinema can be art where every frame is a painting, Hùng’s […]

todayFebruary 22, 2024 12

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Shock Waves  (1977)

By - Gareth Jones For fans of low budget zombie movies, late 70’s horror with a bit of art, innovative minimal scores, Peter Cushing and John Carradine cameos A few Sundays ago, I was lucky enough to be perusing one of my favorite places on Earth, Seasick Records.  I went in just to relax, say hello to friends, with no intention of buying anything.  I thought, why not just flip […]

todayFebruary 22, 2024 16

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The Killer (2023)

By - Gareth Jones For fans of David Fincher, Michael Fassbinder, slow-burn action, philosophical antiheroes David Fincher signed a deal with Netflix in 2020 for four years and has now renewed it for three more years. Both parties must be happy with the agreement.  From this contract, Fincher has released the feature films Mank and now The Killer.  He has also directed an episode of Love, Death, and Robots as […]

todayFebruary 15, 2024 28

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The Zone of Interest

By - Gareth Jones For fans of Jonathan Glazer, thought-provoking films, history films that resonate with today’s world Jonathan Glazer has made four feature films in 24 years. His work as a music and commercial director is exemplary and influential. Early in his career, he made a music video for the band Unkle called “Rabbit in Your Headlights” which shows the amazing French actor Denis Levant as a destitute man […]

todayFebruary 8, 2024 116

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The Sound of Eraserhead

By - Nick Adrian For fans of David Lynch, surrealism, midnight movies There has never been a film like David Lynch’s Eraserhead and there has never been a film that sounds like David Lynch’s Eraserhead. In a film where everything from its look, characters, story, and cinematography are incredibly unique and at-times groundbreaking, what has been applauded more than anything has seemed to be its sound design. Sound has always […]

todayFebruary 8, 2024 16

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Mulholland Drive and the Benefits of Artistic Failure

By - Nick Adrian For fans of David Lynch, surrealism, and art itself Some artistic projects are destined to fail. Distinctive auteur David Lynch (at the time known for cult hits such as Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, and Blue Velvet) had dipped his toe into network television in the early 1990s, with the cultural phenomenon Twin Peaks. It would go on to start a trend where a film director no […]

todayFebruary 8, 2024 20

Film Review

Fallen Leaves (2023)

By - Gareth Jones For fans of deadpan Finnish humor, Aki Kaurismäki, class romance stories Few filmmakers have had such a consistent and distinctive career as Aki Kaurismäki.  For over 40 years he has been entertaining audiences with his dark, Finnish stories of pain and suffering blended magically with his deadpan humor.  He has many influences (Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Bresson, Buster Keaton), but he makes distinctive Finnish films.  His career […]

todayFebruary 1, 2024 27

Film Review

Gallipoli

By - Gareth Jones For fans of Peter Weir, War films, Mel Gibson early work, Australian history It is astonishing that there had not been a major film about the events at Gallipoli and the contributions of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (or ANZAC for short)  to World War I before Peter Weir’s film in 1981.  It is considered one of the most important moments in Australian history […]

todayJanuary 25, 2024 23

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