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A Canterbury Tale – Review

A Canterbury Tale is a key work in the careers of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, it blends the objectives of their wartime propaganda films, with the stranger mystical aspects they are often more remembered for today. It also has a whiff of the sexual pervert about it, as found later and far more explicitly in Powell’s infamous undoing, Peeping Tom (1960).

A Clockwork Orange - Review

A Clockwork Orange is one of the more controversial and talked about films in cinema. If you believe the hype and go into it expecting two hours of ultra-violence more extreme than anything else on film then you will be disappointed. However if you are looking for a highly intelligent, unusual and thought provoking piece of art then you most certainly will not be disappointed.

A Woman is a Woman - Review

A Woman is a Woman may be the only neo-realist musical you ever come across, Jean Luc Godard’s oxymoronic description of his third feature starring Anne Karina, Jean-Claude Brialy & Jean Paul Belmondo.

Ace in the Hole - Review

Billy Wilder is one of the greatest Hollywood auteurs of any era, an emigre from Austria-Hungary (now Poland). He spent some time in Berlin before the Nazis came to power working on movies. Being Jewish he decided to leave the new Nazi regime, leaving to go to America. However, his experience of being a Jew in Nazi Germany informs all most all of his films, he brought a cynicism and bitterness to the screen which undercut even the most romantic of films.

Adventureland - Review

By many accounts, 2009 was a rather weak year in mainstream American cinema. James Cameron’s epic spectacle Avatar and Kathryn Bigelow’s humanist war drama The Hurt Locker both hogged most of the attention and glory from both audiences and critics alike. Additionally, there was 500 Days of Summer, a film beloved by audiences and hailed as the best romantic-comedy of the year.

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