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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 […]

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Recommended: Cameraman: The Life And Work Of Jack Cardiff (Craig McCall 2010)

A few years ago I was fortunate enough to be in the audience for a special screening of Powell and Pressburger’s A Matter Of Life And Death (1946) introduced with a talk by the late, great cinematographer Jack Cardiff. Jack was in his late 80s then but the spectrum of colours that he mastered during […]

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Lost Classic Reviews

Lost Classic: Freud (John Huston 1962)

My psychiatrist recently asked me to pinpoint the thing in my life that most annoys me. After considering the Go Compare! advertising campaign, people with trolley suitcases and the widespread habit among teens of always ending their sentences on a rising diphthong, I finally decided: it really annoys me when the films of master directors […]

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Recommended: Fish Story (Yoshihiro Nakamura, 2009)

Yoshihiro Nakamura’s Fish Story is a quirky Japanese comedy, adapted from the novel by Kotoro Isaka, which blends urban legend, martial arts mayhem and post-Millennium tension to engaging and amusing effect. As with the over-hyped Roland Emmerich blockbuster 2012 (2009), Nakamura’s film refers to the Mayan calendar for the date of the end of the […]

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Screengem: Carlin’s Cosh (Scum, 1979)

One of the great scenes in British cinema centres on two snooker balls in a sock. While the screws are out of earshot, Ray Winstone’s young convict, Carlin, creates a cosh and uses it to knock Phil Daniels’s Richards off his position at top of their borstal’s power pyramid as emphatically as if he’d killed […]

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All that we see and seem: cinematic false awakenings

So this guy Freud wrote a book called The Interpretation of Dreams. Or did he? Maybe he dreamt that he wrote it. Or maybe you dreamt it. Maybe you’re dreaming that you’re reading this right now and in a minute you’ll wake up to find that you’re Sigmund Freud. Confusing, no? When cinema deals in […]

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Screengem: Tattoo You

The body as object in Charles Laughton’s gothic masterpiece The Night of The Hunter: Caroline Burns Cooke looks at Robert Mitchum’s Love / Hate tattoos – the perfect embodiment of the duality of nature in screen villainy. When Robert Mitchum’s Preacher drives onto the screen, inked paws clutching the steering wheel, he discourses confidently with […]

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Spotlight: Emotionless Assassins

Cinema has showcased all kinds of killers, but none disturbs audiences quite as a much as the emotionless assassin. Neil Mitchell takes a look at five films that feature murderous automatons that absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead. No Country for Old Men (2007) Directors: Ethan & Joel Coen When Anton Chigurh […]

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Fear and loafing: Bristol Festival of Ideas ‘paranoia movie’ Sunday Brunch season

If you’re looking for a way to relax and recover from a hectic Saturday night why not drop by the Watershed in Bristol and unwind with one of the five movies that have been selected for their upcoming Sunday Brunch film season ‘The 1970s: Paranoia, Politics and Punk’, which forms part of this year’s Bristol […]