O Reels, Where Art Thou: The Magnificent Ambersons

by Martyn Conterio 6 March 2013

Does the original cut of Orson Welles’ second feature, The Magnificent Ambersons, somewhere, somehow, exist? The movie is treated today as a lost treasure and model example of studio barbarism. The director, it could well be argued, is equally to blame for the tragic fate of his movie, as he seemed unwilling to put up […]

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Issue 9: Now Available For Order

by Helen Cox 6 March 2013

What would happen if King Kong went on a dating show? Now you know thanks to our talented cover artist Dan Havardi.

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In Review: On The Road on DVD

by Mark Searby 5 March 2013

One night budding writer, Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), befriends Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) and his girlfriend Marylou (Kristen Stewart). The three decide to hit the open and road and travel across the United States of America, where they encounter various people (those ‘mad to live’ ones) that impact on their journey, lives and creativity.

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In Review: To The Wonder

by Martyn Conterio 4 March 2013

Negative criticism aimed at Terrence Malick’s sixth feature, To The Wonder, settles on a charge of self-parody and the peculiar notion the director has lost the function to express his poetic and philosophical ideas in a coherent, accessible fashion. Have virtues and qualities grown stale? Poppycock!

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I Finally Watched: Cleopatra (1963)

by Mark Searby 28 February 2013

Cleopatra (1963) clocks in at a whopping 248 minutes. A running time that crawls to just over four hours doesn’t sound enjoyable these days, regardless of the film’s subject matter. Of course, an epic length is not the sole reason I have never seen this Hollywood epic.

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27th BFI Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Line-up Announced

by Martyn Conterio 27 February 2013

The 27th BFI Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, taking place between 14th and 24th March, in London, have announced the full line-up and schedule for this year’s event. The programme launch last week showcased what will be a mixture of new documentaries and features, special screenings and seminar discussions.

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The Immortals: James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause

by Linsey Satterthwaite 26 February 2013

The lights go down in the cinema, the film begins and the audience sees a young man lying in the street, playing with a wind up monkey toy. He is drunk yet beguiling, a loner yet magnetic. Later in the film the same young man appears on screen, a haunting figure, clashing with the school […]

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In Review: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

by Helen Dines 25 February 2013

Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton star as the eponymous brother and sister duo in this frankly abysmal take on the Brothers Grimm fairytale written and directed by Tommy Wirkola.

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In Review: Mama

by Mark Searby 22 February 2013

Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Annabel (Jessica Chastain) are forced into the challenge of raising a pair of orphaned nieces left alone in a forest for 5 years after Lucas’s brother, Jeffrey, committed suicide in mysterious circumstances. The two girls, Victoria (Megan Charpentier) and Lilly (Isabelle Nelisse), have been out there so long, they turned feral. […]

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In Review: Cloud Atlas

by Martyn Conterio 21 February 2013

Words such as “audacious”, “bold” and “epic” will inevitably be banded about by critics when summarising Cloud Atlas. Posters shall declare it the most staggeringly cinematic achievement since the last one, last week. Press hyperbole has split right down the middle regarding the Wachowskis’ and Tom Tykwer’s adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel.

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In Review: TranSylvania on DVD

by Neil Mitchell 20 February 2013

While I have long since been aware of the career of Tony Gatlif actually watching one of his films had previously eluded me. The French-Algerian polymath of Romani descent, who counts directing, composing, acting, producing and screenwriting as strings on his bow, has been making films for close to forty years. Revolving around Romany culture […]

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