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Clint Eastwood in the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

24th December 2018 | By Matt Hartless

Film Advent Calendar: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly started life as an anti-western but is now considered one of the greatest

Sergio Leone had a problem with the main characters in westerns being heroic. They were mainly out for themselves and cared little for their surroundings....

Joan Plowright and Bernard Hill in Drowning by Numbers

23rd December 2018 | By Matt Hartless

Film Advent Calendar: Abstract surrealism deliberately deconstructs the story in Drowning By Numbers

Most films tell a story in a fairly linear way. Even my previous two reviews, Memento and 2001: A Space Odyssey have a clear narrative...

Guy Pearce in Memento

22nd December 2018 | By Matt Hartless

Film Advent Calendar: Memento is a psychological thriller that finds the perfect way to tell its story

Memento is known as the film filmed backwards. Many people see this as a gimmick. But unlike films that employ a different technique just to...

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21st December 2018 | By Matt Hartless

Film Advent Calendar: 2001 a Space Odyssey is an adventure that invites the audience to answer its questions

Can anyone doubt that Stanley Kubrick was a master of cinema if they have watched 2001? Not only is it visually sublime, but its composition...

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20th December 2018 | By Matt Hartless

Film Advent Calendar: A Clockwork Orange’s paranoid social commentary had the opposite effect to what was desired

A Clockwork Orange was and still is one of the most controversial films ever released. One of the main impacts the film had, much to...

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19th December 2018 | By Matt Hartless

Film Advent Calendar: The intricate sci-fi unverse of Blade Runner

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...

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18th December 2018 | By Matt Hartless

Film Advent Calendar: The hilarious dystopian satire of Brazil

If you want to watch a good satire, but also fancy something truly bizarre, you have very little choice but to make Brazil a film to watch this Christmas.

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17th December 2018 | By Matt Hartless

Film Advent Calendar: How Lord of the Rings paved the way for sagas

Nowadays, with all the money in subsciption based content producers, long-running TV series with high production values are ten-a-penny. This is probably a good thing...

The cast of Only Lovers Left Alive

16th December 2018 | By Matt Hartless

Film Advent Calendar: Incredible music and acting chemistry makes Only Lovers Left Alive the perfect romantic drama

If the subject at dinner turns to vampire films, before anyone can mention Twilight, suggest a genuinely passionate, creepy, underrated, modern film with an amazing soundtrack to boot as a movie anyone should definitely watch this Christmas.

Nicole Kidman in the Others

15th December 2018 | By Matt Hartless

Film Advent Calendar: Less is more when achieving scares in the Others

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...