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Kaguyahime no monogatari (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, 2013)

NEW RELEASE FILM REVIEW || Seen at Cineworld West India Quay, London, Wednesday 25 March 2015 || My Rating very good

I’d never actually seen a Studio Ghibli film before, which seems like quite an oversight, especially given that this film by one of the studio’s founders, Isao Takahata, is so delightful. 195 more words

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My Name Is Salt (2013)

NEW RELEASE FILM REVIEW || Seen at ICA, London, Sunday 22 March 2015 || My Rating very good

In many ways, it’s documentary films which prove there are still plenty of stories to tell in the world and plenty of ways to depict them. 193 more words

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Elle l'adore (2014)

NEW RELEASE FILM REVIEW || Seen at Ciné Lumière, London, Thursday 19 March 2015 || My Rating very good

There’s something about this thriller that reminds me of the middle range of French films I used to see at film festivals back in the late-1990s, accomplished, well-crafted with a strong sense of style and excellent lead performances, but yet relatively restrained auteurist pretentions. 266 more words

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Pelo malo (Bad Hair, 2013)

NEW RELEASE FILM REVIEW || Seen at Curzon Victoria, London, Monday 2 February 2015 || My Rating very good

One narrative strategy that’s been quite successful for smaller, less-industrialised and more socially conservative filmmaking nations (I’m thinking Iran in the 1990s) has been to focus a story around a child using what is outwardly a fairly whimsical conceit — in this case that Junior (Samuel Lange Zambrano) doesn’t like his frizzy hair and wants to straighten it — and use this to make trenchant comments about a range of fairly weighty societal issues. 300 more words

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Beyond Clueless (2014)

NEW RELEASE FILM REVIEW || Seen at Prince Charles Cinema, London, Wednesday 14 January 2015 || My Rating very good

Charlie Lyne, the youthful director and writer of this visual essay about the teen film cycle that seemed so omnipresent after the success of… 510 more words

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Manakamana (2013)

NEW RELEASE FILM REVIEW || Seen at BFI Southbank (Studio), London, Saturday 3 January 2015 || My Rating very good

There are a lot of things that can be good about this kind of structural filmmaking. 293 more words

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Laggies (aka Say When, 2014)

NEW RELEASE FILM REVIEW || Seen at Empire Leicester Square, London, Thursday 20 November 2014 || My Rating very good

Sometimes, even though a film isn’t the kind of thing you’d usually make much of an effort to see, you read reviews of it that just seem grossly unfair (hello, … 238 more words

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