Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Hyde Park Picture House

My favourite ever cinema is the Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds, where I spent many an hour during my days as a student. It was here that my enthusiasm for film really took shape – I think it’s the … Continue reading

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Black Swan

A guest post by the screenwriter Joseph D Meegan: Darren Aronofsky serves up a highly enjoyable slice of melodrama in Black Swan, if you’re willing to wait. Natalie Portman plays Nina, a New York ballet dancer giving everything in her … Continue reading

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True Grit

Joel and Ethan Coen have gone mainstream, and done it well. Previously known for their wry, postmodern takes on genre cinema, this offering is a straightforward Western – and Hollywood has responded by nominating it heavily in the upcoming academy awards. … Continue reading

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Old Films, Five Words #3: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

You lot drive me nuts.

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Never Let Me Go

Here’s an interestingly subdued take on the sci-fi genre, adapted by Alex Garland from Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel of the same name. The setting is the recent past; Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightly play three friends who grow up … Continue reading

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Rabbit Hole

The most notable thing about this film is how easy it is to watch, given the subject matter. Adapted from his own stage production by David Lindsay-Abaire, Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart play a middle-class couple coming to terms with … Continue reading

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Biutiful

Alejandro González Iñárritu is a genuinely exciting filmmaker. His first three features – Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel – were bold and ambitious works, achieving grand emotional effect by the intersection of multiple non-chronological storylines. Some found this approach tiring and his … Continue reading

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