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Harrison Ford in Blade Runner
19th Dec
I did not like Blade Runner the first time I saw it, because I didn't get it, and couldn't stand its slow pace. Once I knew the vague outlines of...
Jonathan Pryce in Brazil
18th Dec
In 1984, George Orwell protrayed a police state that controlled its citizens every move and thought, and imprisoned those it couldn't. In Brazil,...
Balrog and Gandalf
17th Dec
Nowadays, with all the money in subsciption based content producers, long-running TV series with high production values are ten-a-penny. This is...
The cast of Only Lovers Left Alive
16th Dec
Jim Jarmusch describes his filmmaking method as rather like that of a music composer. With this film, I can understand what he means. The music,...
Nicole Kidman in the Others
15th Dec
When I tackled horror before, I went for suspense, ie there's something scary and we don't know where it is. Psychological thrillers take on many of...
Scene from Cloud Atlas
14th Dec
The characters in Could Atlas spend a lot of the runtime discussing their philosophies on things important to them in their timelines. This gives...
Battersea power station in Children of Men
13th Dec
Paranoid fiction explores the subjective nature of reality and how it can be manipulated by the forces of power. Most conspiracy films will fall...
Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt in Se7en
12th Dec
Mysteries usually answer one or more of three questions - who did it, how it was done or why it was done. Most murder mysteries answer one or all of...
Brendan Gleeson in the Guard
11th Dec
I talked about how Martin McDonagh made In Bruges very silly, yet bitingly real at the same time. His brother, John Michael McDonagh did the exact...
Scene from Stalker
10th Dec
Magical Realism is a little known genre in which the film has magical elements but these are treated as mundane and normal in the environment. Close...


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