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The Master - review

The Master – review

Paul Thomas Anderson, the director of There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, Boogie Nights and Punch Drunk Love, has – in the eyes of many critics – never made a bad film; he continues this fine run of form with The Master. That is not to say that there are not...
Review: Nostalgia For The Light

Review: Nostalgia For The Light

Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán has built his reputation on the strength of a number of political documentaries about his native Chile. Two manifest cases in point are his tripartite masterpiece, The Battle of Chile (1975-79) and Salvador Allende (2004), both of which recount the fall of the Marxist Allende government...
Cosmopolis: Cronenberg's newest malaise

Cosmopolis: Cronenberg’s newest malaise

Don DeLillo, one of the greatest living authors writing in the English language, working with David Cronenberg, erstwhile purveyor of body horror and a consistently challenging narrative filmmaker, is a collaboration that seemed stylistically destined to be combined. Yet it is more than this missed potential that makes this newly...
Prometheus unwound

Prometheus unwound

Prometheus has finally landed in the UK, highly anticipated not just because of the thought of Ridley Scott returning to the Alien universe, but also thanks to its aggressive and ubiquitous viral campaign. It was originally touted as a sequel to Scott’s 1979 first instalment of the franchise, but that...
This Must Be The Place

This Must Be The Place

Celebrated European arthouse directors can have a hard time adjusting to filmmaking in America. Just as Woody Allen has struggled to make decent movies outside his native Manhattan through misjudgement and naivety of his new surroundings, Old-world auteurs can struggle to get to grips with the American reality. This Must...
Into The Abyss: A Tale of Life, A Tale of Death

Into The Abyss: A Tale of Life, A Tale of Death

Werner Herzog has always been preoccupied with what he refers to as the “ecstatic truth” – for him, “The deepest essential that defines us as human beings.” This has never been more evident than in his recent documentary work. Of these features, the remarkable triad of Grizzly Man, Encounters at...