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Struggling to Watch Drive My Car (On Hamaguchi, Ozu and the Importance of Being in the Moment)

I’ve always believed that films should be viewed in one sitting. No pauses, stops or breaks (take that pee before the movie, dummy!). An immersive experience that demands, or, at the very least merits, your full attention for what is a relatively short period of time compared to, say reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace or […]

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Lost Classic Reviews

Lost Classic: ‘Everybody Dreaming Together’ in Agnès Varda’s Mur Murs

I recently returned from a short holiday to Spain, where – apart from reminding myself that the sun did in fact exist – I was introduced to the amazing murals of Estapona; a small resort town two hours west of Malaga on the south coast. The huge arts initiative, which invited painters from all over […]

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Podcast

The Big Picture Podcast: Episode 6, Great Director Debuts (part 1)

In this special 3 part episode, Gabriel and Tom select and discuss great director debuts from the year 2000 and up. Right out of the gate, these film-makers showed a clarity of vision and creative maturity that ensured theirs would be names (and films) we’d remember. In part 1, our spotlight focusses on Kenneth Lonergan’s […]

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Hidden Gem Reviews

Hidden Gem: Jeff, Who Lives at Home (Duplass Brothers, 2011)

Jay and Mark Duplass’s film starts with Jason Segel’s 30 year-old slacker Jeff musing about the significance of fate into a dictaphone while sitting on the crapper. M. Night Shyamalan’s 2002 film Signs, with its thread of meaningful coincidences, points to a loose philosophy for Jeff to cling to as he idles away endless hours […]

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New Release Reviews

Blu-Ray Review: Pale Flower (Criterion)

There’s something uncomfortable in the way that gangster films often ask us to empathise with central characters who are, in effect, psychopaths. ‘Anti’ and ‘heroic’ are separated by a very thin line as the movie gangster is made of sterner stuff than us mere mortals, seemingly existing in a place once removed from normality; a […]

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Feature Interview

Spaceship Earth: An Interview with Director Matt Wolf

On September 26, 1993, a crew of eight people emerged from a huge ecological desert facility after two years of isolation. The facility, named Biosphere 2 and located in Oracle, Arizona, was constructed to replicate the earth’s various habitats in a closed environment as a forerunner for speculative ‘off world’ colonization. While the whole thing […]

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New Release Reviews

Blu-Ray Review: Boat People (Criterion)

There is a moral dilemma inherent in taking pictures of suffering. Famed war photographer Robert Capa once remarked that “It’s not always easy to stand aside and be unable to do anything except record the sufferings around one” and Larry Burrows, who covered the Vietnam war for Life magazine, often caught himself wondering if it […]

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New Release Reviews

Blu-Ray Review: In Cold Blood (Criterion)

Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood was a huge hit when it was first released in 1966 – further establishing the writer’s celebrity status and creating a new literary term, the nonfiction novel, due to the book’s basis on factual events told in a novelistic style. In Cold Blood details the 1959 murders of the Clutter […]

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New Release Reviews

New Release: Playground (Un Monde)

We review Laura Wandel’s sensitive portrayal of childhood shortlisted for Best International Film at this year’s Academy Awards