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Spotlight: Time Travel

The consequences of time travel can be very serious, affecting not only the traveller but their entire universe (we all know what nearly happens when Marty McFly accidentally becomes the object of affection for his own mother). With such an enormous scope for storytellers to explore, it is no surprise that filmmakers return again and […]

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Parting Shots: Travel by Map

Tom Bielby highlights how a trick used to save filmmakers time and money, as well as keeping narrative momentum, has recently reached the point of parody. Travelling the world (or even just heading across a city) can sometimes prove to be very tricky business, particularly for film directors when it comes to the demanding task […]

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Parting Shots: The crow as a harbinger of doom

Throughout history the appearance of a crow has been synonymous with impending doom, and numerous film-makers have employed this folklore to signify the forthcoming death of a character (usually in a violent and gruesome fashion), or the foreshadowing of dire consequences for those who encounter the bird. The arrival of a crow in Danny Boyle’s […]

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Brilliant Failure: Lord of the Rings (Ralph Bakshi, 1978)

It could be argued that the majority of Ralph Bakshi’s career encompasses the phrase ‘Brilliant Failure’, with his offbeat adult animations rarely reaching their true potential yet still remaining interesting enough to captivate a more forgiving and liberal audience. Bakshi’s ambitious adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings still stands out as his […]

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Parting Shots: Deers in films

There is something elusive and majestic about deers that film directors seem unable to ignore. These beautiful animals have appeared in movies covering a wide range of genres, and whilst their fleeting appearances often only add up to a few seconds of screen time their impact is usually integral to the filmmaker’s vision. Take the […]

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Lost Classics Reviews

Lost Classic: Peppermint Candy (Lee Chang-dong, 2000)

At the end of the 19th Century, the Lumiere brothers’ short film Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (1895) defined the technological advancements of the era, and terrified audiences who, having seen nothing like it before, believed the train would fly out of the screen. Over a hundred years later, at the turn of […]