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Skyfall
Action/Adventure / Bond / Films / Thriller

Skyfall

Dr No was released in 1962, introducing the world to suave British spy James Bond and building a cinematic legacy which has lasted five decades. The series has had its ups and downs – from the greats of From Russia with Love and Goldfinger, to the lows of Diamonds are Forever, Octopussy and Die Another Day, with a considerable peak in quality … Continue reading

The Cabin in the Woods
Comedy / Films / Horror

The Cabin in the Woods

Joss Whedon is well known for his subversions of genre – Buffy the Vampire Slayer, built on the flipped premise of the slasher movie’s dumb blonde, Firefly‘s Western in space – Whedon is a man who manages to work within the foundations set by previous genre tropes whilst twisting said tropes in audience pleasing and puzzling ways. The … Continue reading

Jodorowsky’s Dune
Documentary / Films

Jodorowsky’s Dune

The story told in Jodorowsky’s Dune is a fascinating one. It’s a cinematic ‘what if?’ – as Frank Pavich looks back at a movie which should have been. The documentary focuses on avant-garde movie-maker Jodorowsky – best known for his surrealist and symbolic pictures El Topo and The Holy Mountain, two movies which still make … Continue reading

Maleficent
Action/Adventure / Films

Maleficent

Even putting aside the fact that Maleficent was only green-lit because some producer realised that Angelina Jolie shared a similar facial structure with a drawing, it’s difficult to approach Maleficent without an edge of cynicism. Disney’s latest plan for making all the money in the world seems to be ‘reimagining’ their animated and existing properties … Continue reading

The Dreamers
Drama / Films

The Dreamers

Some forty years ago, director Bernardo Bertolucci made Last Tango in Paris, a taunt and claustrophobic movie focusing on the obsessive and heavily sexualised relationship of its leads, Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider. It was a great controversy in the early 70s, but became something of a critical benchmark, leading to Bertolucci shot up as … Continue reading