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10 Great Modern Scandinavian Films

As it turns out there is more to Scandinavian cinema than just Ingmar Bergman and bleak, wintry black and white films which contemplate the human condition, religion and death. A new generation of young filmmakers are challenging old stereotypes and forging exciting new ground. The current landscape of Nordic cinema is very exciting. Some of […]

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10 Movies That Mess With Your Head

It is often said that movies are the closest thing we have to re-experiencing our dreams. As can often happen after eating a block of cheddar cheese before bedtime, directors can present us with perplexing movie-dreams packed to the gills with the absurd, the baffling, the confusing, the mind-melting and sometimes just the plain old […]

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10 Fascinating Indie Films to watch in 2014

International festivals like Sundance are a breeding ground for the hottest indie films of the year. If a film gets a rapturous reception or wins one of the many prestigious awards on offer, then it stands a much better chance of scoring a distribution deal. 2014 looks set to be a bumper year for independent […]

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10 Movies That Should Have Won Best Picture Oscars!

Film fans are used to the Oscars getting it wrong. The Academy voters deemed Robert Redford’s forgotten “Ordinary People” (1980) to be a superior work of art to Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull!” And what about “Crash” (the Paul Haggis one, not David Cronenberg’s 1996 masterpiece) bagging Best Picture, over the likes of “Brokeback Mountain” and […]

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Best of 2014 Erotic Hottest! LGBTQ Movies Special Feature

Beautiful Erotic Movies

Sexual and erotic scenes in cinema are one of those things that are very easy to get wrong and especially difficult to get right. But with the right photography, actors and mood generated it can be quite beautiful, as the films in this list demonstrate… Top: Niels Schneider strips down in “Heartbeats” (2010). A luminous […]

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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 […]