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Best of the Decade: 2015-2019

Part two of our Best of the Decade feature runs the gamut, from animation (Kubo and the Two Strings, Loving Vincent), to blockbuster actioners (Mad Max: Fury Road, Mission: Impossible – Fallout), to avant-garde experiments testing the boundaries of cinema itself (Sleep Has Her House, Bitter Lake). Think we missed anything? Let us know @BigPicFilmMag! […]

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Big Picture contributors’ top 5 films of 2018

2018 has been another great year for cinema. Read on for our regular contributors’ eclectic top 5 lists, in which more than 25 different films are represented. Share your favourites with us @BigPicFilmMag.   Neil Fox The Dreamed Path (Dir. Angela Schanelec) MUBI had the goods this year when it came to new discoveries. Alongside […]

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Four Frames: Tragic spectacle in Rust and Bone (Jacques Audiard, 2012)

The pivotal narrative moment in Jacques Audiard’s Rust And Bone (2012) is an accident involving a killer whale that sees one of the film’s protagonists, Marion Cotillard’s whale trainer Stéphanie, lose her legs. The sequence clearly poses a test for the filmmaker. Should one render the act using CGI, or retain rawness and attempt to convey […]

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Four Frames: Past meets Present in Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, 1984)

Every scene in Wim Wender’s Paris, Texas (1984), seems laden with significance because the enigmatic protagonist’s past is almost completely withheld from the audience until the film’s denouement. As with many of Wender’s alienated heroes, Travis is lost, both physically and spiritually, and must piece together the fragments of his life in order to create […]

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Four Frames: Tetsuo’s transformation in Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo, 1988)

A cautionary metaphor for the dangers of unchecked power, or just a slice of Japanimation at its most ass-kickingly spectacular? Whichever way you look at it, the influence of Akira, the 1988 anime cult favourite, endures persistently. A nightmarish sci-fi yarn of motorcycle gangs and child psychics, of terrorists and telekinesis, amidst an imposing post-apocalyptic […]

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Screengem: The rune parchment from Night of the Demon (Jacques Tourneur, 1957)

In attempting to scare the grey flannel trousers off its original 1950s audience, Jacques Tourneur’s deliciously dark little frightener Night of the Demon, based on the M. R. James story Casting the Runes, employed a number of devices to instil fear – the effectiveness of the stick puppet demon itself, insisted on by executive producer […]

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Screengem: The Cardboard Cut Out of ‘Angelica’ from Deep End (Jerzy Skolimowski, 1970)

Jerzy Skolimowski’s Deep End evokes universal memories of the heady days of first love, as fifteen year old Michael (John Moulder-Brown) becomes ever more infatuated with his co-worker, the raven haired temptress Susan (Jane Asher). Erotic, atmospheric and off-kilter, Deep End washes over the viewer with a lightness of touch that belies the narrative’s dark […]