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10 Virtual Reality Films That Show the World in a New Light

Stories are shaped by the medium used to tell them. Filmmakers in particular can take advantage of a variety of different techniques and technologies to tell their stories visually and auditorily. As new technologies are developed so too do the creative possibilities change. It is disputed exactly how long virtual reality as a concept has […]

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Indie Films You’ve Got to See in 2015

The first half of the year has given us a number of standout indie releases, from Thomas Vinterberg’s “Far From the Madding Crowd” to documentary’s like “The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq.” There are simply too many quality titles released during this year to highlight them all, so I’ve had to select but a fraction of these, […]

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Highs and Lows of Cinema 2014—Part 1

As a film critic I watch lots of movies. That’s a pretty obvious statement, right? Of course, most of the year is taken up with new releases, but I spend a good amount of time watching older flicks and the ones that slipped through the net last year. I hate it when that happens! So, […]

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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 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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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 […]