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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...
Tabu and the Ghosts of Silent Cinema

Tabu and the Ghosts of Silent Cinema

I walked into the screening of Tabu expecting to see one of my favourite films of the year. If you follow any pre-release chatter on blogs or Twitter, you’ll likely have heard of this mysterious Portuguese object – a work praised for its originality and eccentricity, by a new auteur...
London: The Modern Babylon - review

London: The Modern Babylon – review

‘Which is the greatest city in Europe?’ ‘Without doubt the capital of my country, London’ ‘What a city! Why ‘tis Babylon! How rich the most honoured man must be there!… And Paris; who is the richest man in Paris? ‘The brother, I believe, of the richest man in London’ Benjamin...
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...
Review: Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present

Review: Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present

Marina Abramović’s art is undoubtedly compelling and innovative, yet it does not always touch or move me. However, this film, and its depiction of the artist, moved me utterly. The HBO production, Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present centres on a retrospective of her work at the Museum of Modern...
Turkish cinema: another time, another world

Turkish cinema: another time, another world

The themes of Reha Erdem’s Kosmos will be much recognisable to devotees of the transcendentalist-spiritual sector of world cinema, yet it is perhaps more interesting for granting us another timely cinematic look at Turkey, for a film-clientele newly enamoured with the regional visions of Nuri Bilge Ceylan. From a non-native...
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...
The Turin Horse

The Turin Horse

Arriving at the Curzon Renoir in London to see Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse, there’s a sign on the stairs featuring Jean Renoir’s declaration that “the saving grace of the cinema is that with patience and a little love we may arrive at that wonderfully complex creature which is called...
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...