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Four Frames: Trading Places (John Landis, 1983)

It’s a pity it took the global financial crisis for politicians to wake up to the lessons espoused in Trading Places. The legacy of John Landis’ 1983 classic screwball comedy is such that it inspired the so-called ‘Eddie Murphy rule’ contained within Obama’s 2010 Wall Street reform to stamp out the sort of shady insider […]

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Four Frames: JFK (Oliver Stone, 1990)

Jean-Luc Godard once remarked that ‘cinema is truth 24 times a second… and every cut is a lie.’ The silent, grainy footage shot by Abraham Zapruder on November 22, 1963 as US President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza in Dallas lasts less than 30 seconds, features no cuts, and provides the ‘truth’ […]

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Lost Classic: Jacob’s Ladder (Adrian Lyne, 1990)

Psychological horror has long been the neglected offspring of a genre that too often falls back on lazy shocks, recycled storylines and dismembered body parts. Yet, it’s through this underused sub-genre that some of horror’s finest hours have emerged, not least of which the largely forgotten Jacob’s Ladder. Directed by Adrian Lyne, Jacob’s Ladder may […]

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Lost Classic: Punishment Park (Peter Watkins, 1971)

The Boston Phoenix may have predicted Peter Watkins’ potent philippic on the frightening consequences of unchecked power was a “cult hit waiting to happen – but 40 years after its controversial release, it’s still twiddling its thumbs waiting for the world to catch on. Watkins’ pioneering brand of radical pseudo-documentary filmmaking was always going to leave […]

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Four Frames: Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero, 1968)

It is perhaps fitting that in the year that saw the world descend into civil unrest, a micro-budget splatter movie in which the dead rise from the grave and usher in the apocalypse would redefine both the horror genre and contemporary cinema. There is horror before 1968’s epochal Night of the Living Dead, and there […]