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My Month in Films: November 2013

November 30, 2013

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25 films, 23 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. À nos amours. (Maurice Pialat, 1983, France)
2. King of New York (Abel Ferrara, 1990, USA/Italy/UK)
3. The Limey (Steven Soderbergh, 1999, USA)
4. The Narrow Margin (Richard Fleischer, 1952, USA)
5. Late August, Early September (Olivier Assayas, 1998, France)
6. The Gunfighter (Henry King, 1950, USA)
7. Lola (Jacques Demy, 1961, France/Italy)
8. That Sinking Feeling (Bill Forsyth, 1979, UK)
9. Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, 2013, USA)
10. La collectionneuse (Eric Rohmer, 1967, France) Read the rest of this entry ?

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Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor/Verena Paravel, 2012)

November 29, 2013

Leviathan

Paravel and Castaing-Taylor’s non-narrative, anthropological collaboration – both a documentary and an abstract horror film – depicts the mayhem of life and labour on a large fishing vessel through chaotic, overwhelming first-person footage on the ship, under it and even above it. The name comes from that biblical terror from the sea, and the film is a thundering beast itself…

Click for the full review for The Skinny

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Francis Lawrence, 2013)

November 22, 2013

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With I Am Legend and Constantine in his filmography, two not entirely successful features but both ones with impressive sequences here and there, director Francis Lawrence would seem an adequate fit for a populist sci-fi or fantasy franchise instalment. Established fans of either Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games novels or Gary Ross’ first film adaptation can rest easy regarding Lawrence being given the keys to the remaining films in the series, à la David Yates with the Harry Potter franchise: Catching Fire is a very strong blockbuster, an improvement on its predecessor, and Lawrence’s most consistently effective effort to date…

Click for the full review for Sound on Sight

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Parkland (Peter Landesman, 2013)

November 21, 2013

Parkland

Released on the 50th year since JFK’s assassination, this ensemble drama takes place over the days surrounding the murder, concerning itself with the event’s direct effects on the secret service, FBI agents and local population of Dallas. The result is a scatterbrained, rushed feature shot with some of the most notably inept ‘shaky cam’ of late, and built on dramatically vapid storylines and characterisations…

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In Fear (Jeremy Lovering, 2013)

November 14, 2013

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In Fear thrives on scarcity of light and the primal feel that darkness brings to the secluded, muddied nature surrounding the film’s bickering protagonists. A lost-in-the-woods horror predominantly set within a car’s claustrophobic confines, this is certainly one of the better films of late to play with fear of the dark…

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My Month in Films: October 2013

November 2, 2013

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29 films, 21 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. The White Dove (František Vláčil, 1960, Czechoslovakia)
2. Carnival of Souls (Herc Harvey, 1962, USA)
3. Nothing But a Man (Michael Roemer, 1964, USA)
4. Like Father, Like Son (Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2013, Japan)
5. Prince of Darkness (John Carpenter, 1987, USA)
6. Candyman (Bernard Rose, 1992, USA)
7. Terror at the Opera (Dario Argento, 1987, Italy)
8. The Selfish Giant (Clio Barnard, 2013, UK)
9. Le Week-End (Roger Michell, 2013, UK)
10. Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass, 2013, USA) Read the rest of this entry ?

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Seen Your Video #28: If You Have a Creepy Abandoned Carnival I Am So Fucking On Board

November 1, 2013

Filth

On the latest episode of Seen Your Video, Chris Ward and I take close looks at Herc Harvey’s Carnival of Souls, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and Jon S. Baird’s Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth. We also discuss some recent viewings, including Prince of Darkness, Broken, Candyman, Enough Said, and Post Tenebras Lux.

Stream the episode here.
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