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“You haven’t seen that film?!” – Normally I’m the person to be incredulously asking this question, but not always. I’ve seen a lot of cinema in my time, but occasionally there will be super well-known films that I’ve missed out on for some reason, but have always meant to see at some point in time. […]

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Released after I am Curious (Yellow) (1967), I Am Curious (Blue) (1968, dir. Vilgot Sjöman) continues to follow Lena Nyman on her journey of self-discovery as an actress in a film-within-a-film, and as an independent and passionate woman who wants to know more about life. Initially intended to be constructed as a singular film, Yellow […]

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Lena Dunham’s directorial debut, Tiny Furniture (2010) is an independent comedy/drama about a young woman named Aura, played by Dunham herself, who returns home after graduating from college and is set the hard task of finding out where to go from there. She moves back in with her mother Siri (Laurie Simmons) and her sister […]

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What a film. Following on from First Blood (1982), where we meet John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) for the first time, Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985, dir. George Cosmatos) tells of Rambo’s further adventures during a covert mission into Vietnam to collect information on a camp of abandoned American prisoners of war. I have to […]

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Ida (2013, dir. Paweł Pawlikowski) is a truly great film – quietly brilliant, visually stunning, and emotionally powerful. It tells the story of Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska) a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, who, before taking her vows to become a fully initiated nun, discovers a disturbing family secret recalling the horrors of the Nazi […]

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It’s been a while since my last Search & Rescue post, and given the strange questions that have been posed to me via the search terms that have found this blog, it’s well overdue for another! For those who don’t know, Search & Rescue is where I provide answers and guidance to the search terms […]

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Would you want to be stuck in a hostage situation with the most awkward radio DJ this side of the Norwich City Council? In Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013, dir. Declan Lowney), Steve Coogan stars as the charming king of chat radio, who finds himself in yet another strange situation, except this time it doesn’t […]

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A riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a conundrum. Synecdoche New York (2008) is a masterpiece straight out of the mind of Charlie Kaufman, the genius behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). This is a film where the lines between reality and illusion are increasingly blurred, especially when it comes to reflecting […]

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The highly anticipated sequel to 300 (2007), 300: Rise of an Empire (2014, dir. Noam Murro) is an action-packed historical war film loosely based on the events of the Battles of Artemisium and Salamis, in the year 480 BCE. It follows the Greek general Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton), as the Greeks seek to defend their democracy […]

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Ah, the follies of youth – remember the kinds of high school parties where you think you’re super cool until you light the wrong end of a cigarette in front of a group of people? Good times. Palo Alto (2013) is directed by Gia Coppola (Francis Ford Coppola’s granddaughter, and Sofia Coppola’s niece), and is […]

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