Monthly Archives: January 2011

A camera changes things

  Documentary, as a genre distinct from fiction, does not exist. This is a conclusion I’ve come to via two recent interviews which appeared on the excellent Guardian Film Weekly podcast. The first was with Nev Schulman, co-creator and star … Continue reading

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Old Films, Five Words #2: Brief Encounter

Oh Alec! Oh Laura! Oh.

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Blue Valentine

This indie anti-romance arrives in UK cinemas on a wave of hype, having gone down a storm at the Sundance Film Festival and attracted lavish praise for its two principal actors, Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling. They play Cindy and … Continue reading

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127 Hours

Danny Boyle’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire starts with a flurry of activity, split screens and pounding music. As the credits play, Aron Ralston – climber, thrillseeker – jumps out of bed, gets in his car, jumps out of the … Continue reading

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Old Films, Five Words #1: Peeping Tom

Smile for this camera? Unlikely.

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The King’s Speech

It’s ‘awards season’ apparently, and The King’s Speech is one of a number of heavily publicised films appearing in January which has been tipped for glory. Colin Firth – fast becoming a national treasure – plays the would-be king suffering … Continue reading

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