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Call for reviews and reviewers

The journal Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (ACME) welcomes film reviews. Should you like to review a particular documentary or send us one to review, please email the film review editor, Dr Michael Abecassis, directly: michael.abecassis AT modern-langs.ox.ac.uk ACME is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal devoted to the anthropological studies of societies […]

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The Devil Inside (2012)

By Steven Harrison Gibbs. A new year in horror cinema is upon us, and kicking it off is another entry into the exceedingly popular ‘found footage’ subgenre. The film opens – as many of its kind do – with intertitles explaining what lies ahead; this is followed by audio and a transcript from a 911 […]

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Noir City shines a light on neglected artists

By Michael T. Toole. Noir has many sides, aside from the stunning stylistic things we look for in the films (the imposing verticality of a cityscape, rain soaked streets, darkly lit corridors) there are the more intrinsic elements, like lovers’ betrayal and protecting ill-fated choices, that give it its narrative thrust. These are the qualities […]

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Saving London’s Cinema Museum: A Little Film Club

By Deirdre O’Neill. The Cinema Museum in London is remaining true to its ongoing attempt to cater for lovers of film whose needs are not met by the multiplex. The Museum is joining forces with Little Joe magazine and the Rio Cinema in Dalston to launch ‘A Little Film Club’, which over the next six […]

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From Where Clooney’s Oscar Nominated Role Descends

By Matthew Sorrento. Many have noted (including the Academy) the strength of George Clooney’s performance in The Descendants, and how the former is essential to the latter. Immediately coming to mind is Clooney’s role in Up in the Air, about a travelling corporate “henchman” whose job is emotionally wearing him away. The connection is worthy, […]

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

By Christopher Sharrett. Upon viewing Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, I am reminded of the difficulty the American mind has in conceiving its own destruction, at least by the Other. When it attempts to imagine such destruction, it is cast in apocalyptic terms suggesting no other atrocity could match the suffering of the […]

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The Skin I Live In (2011)

By Jacob Mertens. The iconic image of Dr. Frankenstein hunched over a slab of metal, peering into the glassy eyes of his patch-work creation, cannot be easily forgotten when watching Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In. In its place, Antonio Banderas, playing Dr. Robert Ledgard, watches his own mysterious creation pace the floors of […]

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Treasures from the Archives: an interview with Clyde Jeavons

By Parviz Jahed. Clyde Jeavons is the programmer of the London Film Festival’s ‘Treasures from the Archive’ section. He was the former curator of the National Film and Television Archive and the British Film Institute. He’s been retired for some years, but he now annually programs the restored films at the London Film Festival. Clyde […]

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Sex in the City of Pornocracy

By Celluloid Liberation Front. A bruised urban womb, livid with solitude and alienation: New York, phallocratic capital of the New World. Venting his inner but tangible malaise is Brandon, a successful man in his thirties whose days are tormented by an unforgiving addiction. What appears as an accomplished individual is in reality a hunted prey, […]

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

By Steven Harrison Gibbs. Based on Stieg Larsson’s internationally-acclaimed novel (originally titled The Men Who Hate Women), the latest film from David Fincher struck a chord of dissonance during its production among those who were content with the Swedish adaptation helmed by Niels Arden Oplev, which made its U.S. debut in late 2009. Many were […]

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