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They Shall Not Grow Old

They Shall Not Grow Old is a film that resurrects the voices of those who we have lost. In an interview before the preview of the film in London, Peter Jackson said that he wanted the men to speak for themselves, thus he left the narration of the film to the voices of the men […]

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Isle of Dogs

Isles of Dogs is a love letter to man’s best friend. Revisiting the techniques used in Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Wes Anderson has created a handmade feast of intelligent and dynamic stop-motion animation. The film is set in a dystopian Japan after Mayor Kobayashi (Kunichi Nomura) signs the Trash Island Decree: exiling all dogs to […]

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Cult Column: Must Have Been Love (2012)

Love at first sight in the literature of the classical world was understood as a ‘madness from the gods’, used as a form of sickness to either aid or falter the protagonist. There is something innately irrational about love, or perhaps our cultural understanding of it. The 2012 debut of Eirik Svensson is a dissection […]

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Journey’s End

“They sent us here to die”: this is the austere notion behind the heavyweight film Journey’s End. This sense of doom renders it distinct from recent contemporary film adaptations such as the heroic Dunkirk (2017) or even noble War Horse (2011). Journey’s End is about the Great War to End all Wars, a title which […]

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Cult Column: Beyond Clueless (2014)

Youth is hypnotic, especially when it is found in the movies. With Beyond Clueless (2014), Charlie Lyne crafted a ‘teen movie’ odyssey in the pursuit of understanding not only the lure of the genre, but also the messages about humanity that lurk behind its comfortingly predictable sequences. Lyre watched and analysed a library of teen […]

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Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent: a film seven years in the making; a film that may never happen again; a film endeavouring to talk about one of the most famous artists ever to exist. In a way, however, this is Vincent Van Gogh in his own words – or rather, in his own work – as the filmmakers […]

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On The Road

Michael Winterbottom’s new film follows the UK tour of the enormously popular indie rock band, Wolf Alice, to promote their debut album: My Love is Cool. Winterbottom is the notoriously radical director of the wildly popular 24 Hour Party People, a wild experiment with the genre that paid off in heaps. At the heart of […]

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Goodbye Christopher Robin

Just a boy and his bear: Christopher Robin and his Pooh Bear. An untouchable tale enshrined eternally within the childhood psyche. Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo are our friends and are to us as real as Christopher Robin. But truly, who was Christopher Robin? Our immortalised playmate, who cast large shadows across […]