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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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How to Make the Best Indie Film You Can

How We Produced Our Film ‘GAME’ With Luck, Goodwill, Willing Talent and STILL NEEDED A LOT MORE? FIRST THINGS FIRST. There is  no such thing as failure. This is the most important thing you need to know. I could just say this and leave- leaving the rest up to you. But I’ll say it again There is no such thing as failure. There is only where you’re going. From now on if someone says you failed,...

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From Our Film Score To Imagine Dragons!

WILLIAM WELLS THE BEAUTIFUL MIND BEHIND THE SOUND TRACK TO OUR FILM Just have to post this. It was so good to see Will again, who did our score for GAME. Since then he’s been working with RZA – I have a great and funny story about when we met and hung out in Cannes (later for that). He was there for the Jim Jarmush film Ghost Dog – The Way of The Samurai that he...

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KUROSAWA – THE LAST EMPEROR

Coffee And Kurosawa For Filmmakers I was having a coffee with a friend and we started talking about filmmakers and this documentary about Kurosawa was mentioned and I thought I had to post it-just in case you haven’t seen it. ...

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