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Roman Holiday (1953)

By Cleaver Patterson. Some films are almost as famous for their advertising posters or specific scenes, as they are for the production as a whole. Director William Wyler’s Roman Holiday–the romantic comedy which created cinematic magic by pairing the elfin Audrey Hepburn (in her only Oscar winning role) and debonair Gregory Peck–goes one better by […]

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Side Effects (2013)

By Victoria Tickle. It is a great joy and a rare find to come across a film that lets you believe that you have out-smarted it and know what is going on, whilst all the time waiting for the right moment to reveal its truths to you. Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects is a prime example […]

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“Seeing Things Through Things” (Dziga Vertov): ArtFilm 2013

By Robert Buckeye. Film festivals tend to be generic and are, as Tolstoy said about happy families, alike, even if each, in its disappointments, is different in its own way. ArtFilm in Trencin and Trencianske Teplice, Slovakia, follows the festivals at Cannes and Berlin and precedes the one immediately after at Karlovy Vary, as if […]

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The Lone Ranger (2013)

By Cleaver Patterson. Many years ago, when the American West was still wild and the railway was being used to bring the two coasts of that great nation together, there was a man of the law called John Reid (Armie Hammer). In the midst of the open deserts of Texas he met his ‘spirit horse’ […]

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The Myths and a Master: Pacific Rim

By Matthew Sorrento. It would be convenient to view Pacific Rim as a metaphor for its creator. Having abandoned the job of directing Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, in a widely publicized decision, Guillermo del Toro may have elected to make a simple story, pairing giant aliens versus megaton human-driven bots, as sprint from an “epic” […]

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Edinburgh International Film Festival | June 19th to 30th, 2013

By Yun-hua Chen.  Continuing with last year’s commitment to world cinema from both established and emerging filmmakers, EIFF 2013 showcased films from more than 60 countries this year. Apart from the usual strands of animation, Black Box, International Competition, and Michael Powell Award Competition, the programme includes Focus on Korea (The Berlin File (2013), Jiseul […]

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Floating Weeds (1959)

By Jacob Mertens.  Yasujiro Ozu makes films that sneak up on you. They may feel simple and slow-paced at first, but the heart of his stories are too delicately expressed, and far too complete, for an audience not to be moved. To call Ozu’s Floating Weeds a masterwork may be a slight overstatement for some. […]

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Monsters University (2013)

By Jacob Mertens.   It would be easy to dismiss Monsters University as a child’s film with little pull for adults, or even to warm to the film’s slapstick and nostalgia for its predecessor and let it be at that. Unlike earlier Pixar films such as Wall-E (2008), which easily transcends the animated sandbox as both […]

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The Politics of Critical Reception and the Marxist Feminist Sublime in Carlos Reygadas’ Post Tenebras Lux

By Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. “Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether.”                     (Luis Buñuel 2013: 174) I’m always attracted to films that cause an uproar, critical polarization, outrage, anger, dismissal, and confusion. […]

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The Lone Ranger

By Christopher Sharrett. Disney’s The Lone Ranger might have been a fairly credible revisionist Western were it not for its insistence on buffoonery, on postmodern smugness, the sense that “we know this is just a kiddie serial from the old days, so we’ll acknowledge how sophisticated you are, and throw in some political correctness in […]

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