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National Lampoon’s Vacation

Nicola Balkind buckles up and heads off with the real life Griswold family on a road trip inspired by a cult comedy celebrating its 30th birthday. These days, the American Dream is typically understood to mean fame, fortune, and pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps. But the classic pursuit of prosperity and upward mobility is […]

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On Location: Glasgow

World Film Locations: Glasgow is one of the latest releases in Intellect’s World Film Locations book series. Representing Scotland’s biggest city, it is a book of contrasts, from Glasgow’s kitchen sink social realism by Ken Loach and Peter Mullan to the recent trend for using Glasgow as a set for Hollywood backdrops. Last year the […]

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Spotlight: Almost Human

Since the dawn of cinema, filmmakers have been preoccupied with robots and their roles within the human world. From Fritz Lang’s humanoid robot in Metropolis to GERTY, the companion robot in last year’s Moon, our conception of robots is coloured by their human traits. Nicola Balkind looks at five films that exemplify the anthropomorphosis of […]