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Quiet Inspiration: Interview with Margarethe von Trotta

By Matthew Sorrento. Of all the genres in contemporary film, the feminist historical biopic is one of the most noble. This rare style continues the tradition of the 1960s women’s movement by revealing silenced narratives. In most historical films, women occupy supporting roles that, while often insightful, are underdeveloped. Work for female actors beyond 40 […]

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L’enfance nue (1968)

By Zachariah Rush. By the time Maurice Pialat’s feature film debut, L’enfance nue, was released in 1968, Pialat already had a body of work comprising documentary and short films spanning close to two decades that began with the dark experimental piece Isabelle aux Dombes (1951). L’enfance nue follows young François Fournier (Michel Terrazon), a foster […]

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World War Z (2013)

By Jacob Mertens. “We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together Headpiece filled with straw. Alas! Our dried voices, when We whisper together Are quiet and meaningless As wind in dry glass Or rats’ feet over broken glass In our dry cellar Shape without form, shade without colour, Paralysed force, gesture […]

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This is the End (2013)

By Jacob Mertens. I must be getting old. Three or four years ago, I would probably find This is the End a humorous apocalyptic romp not be taken too seriously, a worthy diversion of my time. Now, I laugh here and there and leave thinking “What do I take away from this film?” The answer […]

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The Internship

By Cleaver Patterson. It may be hard for many to remember a time before Google. The ubiquitous search-engine is, for better or worse, the first stop on the World Wide Web for a large proportion of internet users when they are looking for information on … well, anything to be honest. In reality however Google […]

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Kuroneko: The Cat’s Return

By Cleaver Patterson. Tales of vengeful murder victims whose spirits take on the shape of animals in order to exact revenge upon those who did them wrong, form the origin of legends the world over. However few can be as bewitching, or darkly romantic, as the Japanese folktale The Cat’s Return, which forms the basis […]

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Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told

By Cleaver Patterson. Sometimes it is hard to fathom why some films flourish and increase in popularity over time, whilst other equally deserving works are left to gather dust on the back shelf of film obscurity. Spider Baby (1968) – also known under the alternative titles Cannibal Orgy and Attack of the Liver Eaters – […]

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A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951 (2013)

By Robert Kenneth Dator. Rebel Without a Cause (1955); East of Eden (1956); Giant (1956); three films, and only three, classics all and the stuff of legend, starring the only actor to truly give a young Marlon Brando a run for his money: James Dean. The only thing more difficult to accept than the untimely death […]

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Murder, Mayhem and The New Social Order: The Triumph of Violence in The Purge

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. “‘We, the people, in order to form a more perfect union . . .’ When our original Founding Fathers first set these words to paper, they strove to ‘establish Justice’, ‘insure domestic Tranquility’ and ‘promote the general Welfare.’ Today, the world is a much different place, but the New Founders of […]

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The Eternal Father: Two Films by Derek Cianfrance

By Christopher Sharrett. I hesitated as I began this essay, chiefly because I came across some interviews with Derek Cianfrance, whose work is the subject of these remarks. What he has to say struck me as banal, or immature, or conservative, particularly in his expression of a yearning for the father, and the meaning of […]

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