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Why I Like Korean Films

My love affair with Korean films begun in 2010 with Chagn Dong Lee's Poetry, a film about a sixty something year old woman who finds comfort in a poetry class. It is also a film about the poetry of cinema and it's ability to allow us to find solance in the careful construction of image, words and the space between words. It's a way of communicating that Korean writers and directors excel at. Recently I...

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Michaela Coel

is a phenomena. She wrote 191 drafts of I may Destroy You, her fictionalized story of sexual assault. She won a BAFTA for Chewing Gum, about a girl desperate to lose her virginity. She went to Guildhall and loved it. Even though she was told she was angry and aggressive both on and off stage. Maybe she was. Maybe she was just brilliant. Maybe she was just waiting for the time when she could be showrunner, director,...

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Play It safe

Play It Safe is the best short I have seen for a long time. Airing now on Mubi, Mitch Kalisha's debut is a moving, brutal and insightful piece of cinema. Cinematographer, Jaime Ackroyd, takes us to a place with this story that grabs us and drags us through the intimate horror of casual racism and shame. The story is about Jonathan, played by Jonathan Ajayi, who is first casually asked to play a 'gangsta' by some...

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25 years on: the cinema gems of 1991

Every year has its cinematic masterpieces (and its flops). Yet, coincidence or not, some years are finer than others for film. Such was the case in 1991, the year which saw the release of such gems as The Silence of the Lambs, Boyz ‘n the Hood, Terminator 2, Les Amants du Pont Neuf, Beauty and the Beast, Fried Green Tomatoes, My Girl, La Belle Noiseuse, Night on Earth, Proof, Raise the Red Lanterns, Thelma and Louise, Delicatessen...

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‘Microbe et Gasoil’ and the fantastical cinema of Michel Gondry

With one foot in a world of solemn realism and the other in one of fanciful whimsy, Michel Gondry has created some of the most unique, thoughtful and playful films of the 21st century. From his English-language Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to his surreal, Paris-set La science des rêves (The Science of Sleep), Gondry is known for profound stories of loneliness, disillusionment and unbridled imagination. His films explore the complexities of memory, identity and...

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Sundance film reviews & festival recaps

There’s nothing quite so exciting for a cinema lover as following the biggest festivals in the film world. And while Cannes may be the most glamorous, Berlin the coolest and Venice the most sophisticated, there’s something particularly thrilling about the indie festival that takes place every January in Utah: Sundance. The largest independent film festival in the United States and in many ways a refreshing alternative to the film culture of Hollywood, Sundance is not only fascinating for...

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“Futuristic” Film Festivals: My French Film Festival Now Online

In this digital age, the ways in which we consume film and other media are evolving. From Netflix to YouTube to Mubi and beyond, the Internet is fast becoming one of the most favoured places for finding, viewing and responding to films. Nothing will ever replace the immersive social, physical and cultural experience of going to the cinema or physical festival, and nothing ever should. But to ignore the potential of the web as a film-viewing space...

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5 Great Podcasts for Film Lovers

The podcast’s popularity has been growing steadily for some time, exploding over the last year thanks to one special program. Podcasts are an accessible and innovative way to engage with cinema; they convey complex discussion and reviews in a relaxed style, interspersed with film dialogue and other sound bites. Production and distribution are efficient, so time-sensitive programs (such as reviews of the week’s new releases) can find their way straight to listeners in seconds. Whether...

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