Posts Tagged ‘Leviathan’

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My Month in Films: November 2014

December 1, 2014

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22 films, 18 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. Playtime (Jacques Tati, 1967, France/Italy)
2. The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (Preston Sturges, 1944, USA)
3. Goodbye to Language 3D (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014, France)
4. Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh, 2014, UK)
5. The Babadook (Jennifer Kent, 2014, Australia)
6. Born in Flames (Lizzie Borden, 1983, USA)
7. Scandal Sheet (Phil Karlson, 1952, USA)
8. Love at First Fight (Thomas Cailley, 2014, France)
9. Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014, Russia)
10. My Prairie Home (Chelsea McMullan, 2013, Canada) Read the rest of this entry ?

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Programme Notes: Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)

November 11, 2014

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I was commissioned to write a programme note for Glasgow Film Theatre for their screenings of Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan during November. You can find an online copy of what I produced for them here.

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Seen Your Video #32: Best of 2013

January 25, 2014

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On the latest episode of Seen Your Video, Chris Ward and I discuss our favourite films released in the UK during 2013, plus some of our biggest disappointments.

Stream the episode here.
Alternatively, you can download the episode or subscribe to the podcast by looking up Seen Your Video on iTunes.

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2013 in Review

January 4, 2014

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Number of films seen, excluding shorts: 343
Number of films seen for the first time, excluding shorts: 278

Pre-1920s: 1 (1 first time viewing)
1920s: 2 (1)
1930s: 6 (4)
1940s: 10 (8)
1950s: 13 (8)
1960s: 18 (17)
1970s: 18 (11)
1980s: 29 (15)
1990s: 32 (15)
2000s: 18 (9)
2010s: 196 (192)

I didn’t exactly succeed with my resolution with older cinema from the 2012 entry, but I did see enough great films for the first time this year to justify expanding the following list from 50 to 75.

75 best first time viewings of 2013, in alphabetical order
Much of a tentative selection of my favourite 2013 films can be found within. Podcast episodes and relevant writing of mine, where available, are linked.

Act of Killing, TheThe Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012, Denmark/Norway/UK/Finland)

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The Skinny’s ‘Films of 2013′

December 15, 2013

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I was invited to submit a list of my favourite releases of 2013 for The Skinny’s annual contributors’ poll, going by UK theatrical release dates but not including festival showings. I also wrote blurbs for what ended up being the #1 and #9 films on our group top 10.

You can read my list, other individual lists and the consensus top 10 here.
For reference, our lists were submitted in mid-November to make the December print edition of the magazine.

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Seen Your Video #30: Bruce Dern’s Hair, Spectacular as Always

December 13, 2013

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On the latest episode of Seen Your Video, Chris Ward and I go long on Ridley Scott’s The Counsellor and Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, while our classic film of focus this month is Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller. We also discuss a selection of recent releases, including Gravity, Short Term 12, Oldboy, Leviathan and Captain Phillips.

Stream the episode here.
Alternatively, you can download the episode or subscribe to the podcast by looking up Seen Your Video on iTunes.

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

November 29, 2013

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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