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Warhol: Blow Jobs and Factory Hipsters

Photo of Andy Warhol (1986) by/© Robert Mapplethorpe. Andy Warhol encapsulated the mass culture and kitschy pop art movement of the 50s and 60s with his infamous prints of Coca Cola bottles and Campbell soup cans. The man behind the art remains a great enigma though. It’s ironic that Warhol went to such great lengths […]

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Landscape Movies Photography Special Feature

Films Every Photographer Should See

Everybody loves looking at pretty pictures and this is certainly true when it comes to film. In spite of a recent trend in the action and horror genre for shaky handheld style camerawork that requires a sea sick bag to accompany a screening, nothing beats a slow pan across a mountain-scape or a lingering long […]

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Art Movies Painting Portraits Special Feature

Films about Famous Paintings

It’s quite a fun game to play, if you have the time: try and spot the famous painting in the movie. Recent examples of this include Andrew Wyeth’s classic “Christina’s World” popping up in the recent Tom Cruise sci-fi flick “Oblivion” (2013), as a subtle side plot. While there have been plenty of biopics of […]

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Art Movies Painting Photography Special Feature

Movies Inspired by Fine Art

Like the best kinds of creative relationships, fine art and cinema stimulate and draw from each other in equal measure. Both run deep in their explorations of colour and light and have borrowed from one another to dazzling effects. When it comes to composition in cinema, there is no better place for a director or […]

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Comics and Cartoons Movies Special Feature

Comic Book Visuals, CGI, and Violence

There are many people out there in movie land who don’t like Zack Snyder or the types of films he makes. In the hallowed halls of art theatres or along the cafes of the Left Bank in Paris, his name will be mentioned in disgusted tones. This is because Snyder is truly a Hollywood filmmaker, […]

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Design Movies Posters Special Feature

The Coolest Film Posters

For every summer blockbuster or art house release, there will be posters and other forms of advertisements to accompany them. As a rule of thumb, if it’s a terrible film then the poster will unlikely be a work of art. Following that logic, the more expensive and “Hollywood” the film is, the less likely its […]

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Postcard from Cannes Days—7, 8 and 9

There is something special about seeing a film in the Grand Theatre Lumiere. Its upper balcony is positively vertiginous and yet the screen still looks huge. This was my first experience in the place as I sat down in my seat—feeling like I could fall to my death—to see Steven Soderbergh’s “Behind the Candelabra.” Ryan […]

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Postcard from Cannes—Day 5 and 6

I’m in complete agreement with critic and filmmaker Mark Cousins, who said during his intro to “The Story of Children and Film,” on Friday 17th, that the “Cannes Classics” section is just as important as the “Official Selection” and other strands of the festival. For we should celebrate cinema’s rich past as much as the […]

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Postcard from Cannes—Day 3 and 4

The Croisette has been rocked by a major heist of Chopard jewellery on the same day Sofia Coppola debuted “The Bling Ring” (Thursday 16th). The crooks timed their brazen act of theft with tongue-in-cheek Ă©lan. Perhaps they are satirists? Either way, this outrageous episode is the talk of the town. If you thought that exciting […]

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Postcards from Cannes—Day 1 and 2

The rain, the pouring rain, when will it stop? The world famous Croisette has seen a deluge of wandering bodies and torrential downpours. This is not the image of a permanently sunny Cannes one has imagined. I’m told the Mediterranean is out yonder, somewhere beyond the mist and drizzle. Alas, many of the gathered folk […]