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Heritage Day at the Hebden Bridge Picture House

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 07:47
“This year, from 7-10 September, Heritage Open Days is back to shine a light on England’s fascinating historic places. This annual festival celebrates our diverse history, architecture and culture, offering you the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences all for free.” The Hebden Bridge Picture House‘s Open Day was on Saturday […]
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Adapting Philip K. Dick

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 10:58
This blog isn’t too concerned about US TV series, but we are interested in co-productions, particularly when they involve the work of Phil K. Dick, a literary hero for many in Europe. A new season of 10 x 60 mins shows, each offering an adaptation of a Dick short story, starts on Channel 4 in […]
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The Limehouse Golem (UK 2016)

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 12:21
The Limehouse Golem is a fascinating film for several reasons. It seems to have divided audiences and overall its box office performance has been ‘soft’ for Lionsgate in the UK (albeit on one of the worst weekends of the year for the cinema b.o.). It’ll be interesting to see what happened in Week 2. My […]
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Spark – A Festival of Revolutionary Films

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 11:09
This Autumn is the centenary of the Russian Revolution and two of London’s independent cinemas are hosting a season of films by Eisenstein, Vertov, Pudovkin and Shub – plus Warren Beatty’s Reds (1981) based on the personal account of the events of the Revolution by John Reed. The Phoenix in East Finchley and the Rio […]
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Indian Film at 70 #2: Not Just Bollywood

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 09:46
‘Not Just Bollywood‘ is, as the title suggests, a season of films and other events presented at HOME in Manchester, celebrating the diversity of Indian film culture after 70 years of independence. Curated by our esteemed colleague Omar Ahmed, it offers films from ‘Hindie’ or ‘independent Hindi cinema’ as well as titles using Marathi and […]
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Indian Film at 70 #1: Notes on the cinematic exploration of Indian Partition and its legacy

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 10:51
These notes were compiled for a Day School earlier this year that looked at extracts from various Indian films/films about India in an attempt to understand how the issues surrounding the Partition of India in 1947 have been represented on screens. Historical context The ‘partition’ of India was the final act by the British colonial […]
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Fox and His Friends (Faustrecht der Freiheit, West Germany 1975)

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 14:22
This screening was part of an ongoing tour of new Fassbinder prints (DCPs) from the Fassbinder Foundation. Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945-1982) was certainly the most prolific and arguably the most inspiring filmmaker of the last fifty years. He made over 40 features for film and TV. Only a minority got a formal release in UK […]
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An Open Letter to Christopher Nolan

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 07:52
Dear Christopher I have enjoyed your earlier films but the new Dunkirk has given me the greatest pleasure. I found the organisation of the narrative fresh and inventive. The cast are good. The soundtrack is effective. But it is the visual quality of the film that is really awesome. I saw the film first on […]
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Scalarama 2017

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 07:52
So this unique Film Festival is back and running for the whole of September. “Since 2011, every September, cinemas, film clubs and film festivals plus various organisations and individuals who have a passion for movies, have united to celebrate and encourage watching films together. This annual celebration, started in the UK, sees September transform into […]
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A Change in the Weather (UK 2017)

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 07:28
This is a new film from the husband and wife team of Jon Sanders and Anna Mottram. There previous three films known as ‘the Kent trilogy’ were low key features, with rather downbeat stories. The plots of the films however seem not to be the prime focus. That is very much character, relationships and a […]
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I Am Not Your Negro (Switzerland-France-Belgium-US 2016)

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 09:17
This superb documentary on James Baldwin, who died in 1987, is timely in the light of the neo-Nazi demonstrations in Charlottesville earlier this month. Baldwin was an important figure in the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. He refused to align himself with the radical Black Panthers, Martin Luther King, NAACP (which he deemed middle […]
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L’odyssée (The Odyssey, France-Belgium 2016)

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 10:03
Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910-1997) was one of the most remarkable men of the twentieth century. Even at just over two hours, L’odyssée struggles to cover only the middle stretch of a career that lasted over fifty years. The film focuses on the highlights of the most productive period of the life of Cousteau when he gained […]
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The Spiral Staircase (US 1946)

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:45
I watched this recently in preparation for an event on film noir and enjoyed it very much. It’s a significant film in many ways, though its short running time (82 minutes) seems to indicate a ‘B’ picture. The cast and crew and the sheer artistry of the film do, however, point to an ‘A’ picture […]
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Maudie (Ireland-Canada 2016)

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 18:58
Maudie is the kind of film that as a young person I might have given a miss but now I’m older, and I hope wiser, I appreciated it a great deal. In simple terms Maudie is a partial biopic of Maud Lewis from Yarmouth in Nova Scotia who in later life found fame as a […]
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Documentary, truth and eagle hunters

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:42
We saw The Eagle Huntress back in January and though I enjoyed the film there were several things about it that made me circumspect. It purported to be a documentary about a young teenage girl in Mongolia training an eagle, flying it at a festival and taking it on a hunt. The film was ‘presented […]
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Jinnah (Pakistan-UK 1998)

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 20:06
I’m posting this as part of the current focus on Indian Partition in August 1947. Sometime in the early 1980s I remember watching an extraordinary film, Blood of Hussain (Pakistan-UK 1980), in the Brixton Ritzy. When I heard that the same director, Jamil Dehlavi had made a biopic about Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the leader who […]
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Renting DVDs in the UK – is cinemaparadiso the answer?

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:02
LoveFilm, the DVD/Blu-ray rental service in the UK, has announced its closure as from October 31st. This UK company was taken over by Amazon some time ago and used as the basis for developing Amazon’s online rental offer alongside the Amazon Prime service. Rental of ‘physical digital product’ has been replaced by online rental/purchase by […]
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70 Years of Independence for India and Pakistan

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 22:21
The British Raj over India ended with partition and the creation of two independent states on August 14th/15th 1947. Independence Day is on the 14th in Pakistan and the 15th in India. Since 1947, the various Indian film industries operating in different languages have collectively become the most productive filmmaking facility in the world with […]
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The Big Sick (US 2017)

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 19:10
I approached The Big Sick with trepidation. I knew it had been very well reviewed and had opened strongly in the UK for an American Independent film. I wasn’t bothered about Amazon as a studio – at least their films are getting into cinemas – but Judd Apatow as producer was a bit of a […]
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A Ghost Story (US 2017)

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 16:23
A few weeks ago A Ghost Story was included in a list of ‘post-horror’ films in a Guardian piece by Steve Rose. Now it’s been released in the UK to some glowing reviews and some extravagant claims. I fear, however, that for many audiences it might provoke an ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ response. Rose foresees this […]
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