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Jackie: There won’t be another Camelot

The BBFC rating before the film noted simply ‘brief strong violence’. That answered my biggest query about Jackie before I went in. Given the notorious incident on which the film hinges, the inclusion of a graphic depiction raises issues of taste and interest. ‘Taste’ because the film could be turning ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Double Indemnity

Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity is a recognized noir classic, preserved by the National Film Registry for being deemed ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant’. Perhaps you will focus on the venetian blind lighting style that became a staple of the noir film genre or the hard-boiled dialogue from the Raymond Chandler ...

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Manchester by the Sea: Do you wanna be his guardian?

My expectations for Manchester by the Sea were quite low. Judging by its lacklustre posters, one could see Casey Afflck and Michelle Williams looking wistfully into the middle distance, their brows subtly furrowed in such a way as to suggest internal conflict, all superimposed upon an overcast sky. You’ll forgive ...

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Jackie: There won’t be another Camelot

The BBFC rating before the film noted simply ‘brief strong violence’. That answered my biggest query about Jackie before I went in. Given the notorious incident on which the film hinges, the inclusion of a graphic depiction raises issues of taste and interest. ‘Taste’ because the film could be turning ...

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A Series of Unfortunate Events: You would be better off somewhere else…

The new adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events comes to us courtesy of Netflix. This is, of course, the second attempt to adapt the lauded book series, the previous film version having also been developed by the same producer Barry Sonnenfeld. Perhaps because of this (and obviously being based ...

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Yuri on Ice: The all-time greatest fictional representation of figure staking

It is fascinating how Japanese anime can encompass any genre, from fantasy to overly camp comedy, to realist drama, and even sports stories. I had no idea something like professional figure skating would ever be the subject of a television series and was even more surprised to find an anime series ...

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Manchester by the Sea: Do you wanna be his guardian?

My expectations for Manchester by the Sea were quite low. Judging by its lacklustre posters, one could see Casey Afflck and Michelle Williams looking wistfully into the middle distance, their brows subtly furrowed in such a way as to suggest internal conflict, all superimposed upon an overcast sky. You’ll forgive ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Double Indemnity

Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity is a recognized noir classic, preserved by the National Film Registry for being deemed ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant’. Perhaps you will focus on the venetian blind lighting style that became a staple of the noir film genre or the hard-boiled dialogue from the Raymond Chandler ...

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The Muppet Christmas Carol: Wherever you find love, it feels like Christmas

Without question, The Muppet Christmas Carol is the greatest Christmas film ever made. People from all walks of life and distressingly opposing views will converge upon this one universal fact. Can you pick fault in a film like this? No, I don’t think you can. So instead, I’m going to tell you ...

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Binge Watching: Avatar – The Last Airbender

My exposure to anime has been very limited up to now, something I am trying to correct. Back in high school, I had my first taste for it when my Year 9 teacher showed us Neon Genesis Evangelion. To this day I wonder how she managed to get that one ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: The Man Who Fell to Earth

This hasn’t been a good year for me. Two of my idols have died (Prince and Bowie). If there can be a silver lining to the death of an admired genius, it’s that Bowie’s films are being remastered, The Man Who Fell to Earth among them (and at 4K, no ...

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