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All Aboard The Titfield Thunderbolt

By Cleaver Patterson. By the mid 1950’s Ealing Studios, that great purveyor of British cinematic whimsy, was running out of steam. Though this period saw them release such iconic titles as The Ladykillers (1955), their heyday of the late 1930’s and early 1940’s in terms of output (between 1936 and 1937 alone they turned out […]

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34th Festival des 3 Continents, Nantes, France

By James Udden. Before attending the Festival des 3 Continents, I had only associated Nantes with a historical edict and a film festival I hoped to attend someday. Now I associate the actual film festival with an actual city, and a delightful one at that. Since very little is written about the Festival des 3 […]

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Sleep Tight : First-Rate Old-School Chiller

By Cleaver Patterson. In these days of run-of-the-mill schlockfests it appears Southern Europe is fast becoming the place to go for cutting edge horror. Hollywood seems stuck in the belief that the teenage slasher genre is still alive and well, whilst Britain thinks that featuring television comics such as Ross Noble in the crass outing […]

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Gangster Squad, Tearing Through Tradition

By Matthew Sorrento. Gangster Squad begins with Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn), the King of Los Angeles, showing a different kind of power, as he boxes while another character describes him in voice over. Even casual viewers of recent crime films recognize the voice to be Josh Brolin’s, playing an L.A. sergeant ready to take down […]

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North Sea Texas (2011)

By Mark James. Throughout the 90s, Belgian filmmaker Bavo Defurne showcased his highly stylized sensibility in a series of queer-infused shorts that reflected overt influences from Derek Jarman, Pierre et Gilles and Jean Genet. He explored timeless queer topics: teenage love, compartmentalizing complex emotions, and fetishizing the unattainable. With his new feature-length film, North Sea […]

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Lazy and Exploitative: The Impossible (2012)

By Gaël Schmidt-Cléach. Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible opens with a title card reminding us of the tsunami of December 2004 and of its 230,000 victims, followed by the announcement that the film is based on true events. Then the text fades away until all that’s left are the words ‘true events’ in the middle […]

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The Philosophy of the Double Bill (Or, How To Stop Worrying and Love Technology)

By Sarah Myles. The perfect double bill is an elusive, mythical thing. A single entertainment event comprised of two unique artistic expressions. A tradition steeped in social history and Hollywood controversy, the evolution of which has shaped our cinema trips for decades and shapes our home-cinema experiences today. First becoming popular in the 1930s when […]

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Texas Chainsaw 3D adds no new dimension to Leatherface saga

By Cleaver Patterson. There was a time when the inclusion of 3D in a film title suggested a degree of novel originality. Unfortunately those days are long past with the process now used in horror films to produce little more than substandard cliché shocks, beggaring the question why Texas Chainsaw 3D(2013) saw fit to draw […]

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Fifties Hysteria Returns: Doomsday Prepping in a Culture of Fear, Death, and Automatic Weapons

By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. “Consider Your Man Card Reissued” (Print ad for Bushmaster Firearms) I write this as I watch in sadness, surrounded by a bank of televisions at the gym, all conveying images of the “theatre” of war that is now America at Christmas in 2012. The slaying of school children and their teachers […]

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