Podcast: We’re Not So Different, You And I…

It’s an attempt to group some of the Film Team’s favourite movies together around a weekly theme. The picks might seem like an unlikely match, but listen closely for the common element. After all, “Gone With The Wind” and “Saving Private Ryan” are both about wars, right? They’ll cover concepts that those on staff believe make us human: revenge, jealousy, friendship and fighting-Nazis-whilst protecting-archaeological-treasures.

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Dark beauty of Barcelona’s underbelly

by Tom Dunn One would be hard pressed to call Alejandro Iñárritu a cheeky chap. Having finished his sombre Death trilogy a few years ago with Babel, he turns his vision of doom to Biutiful, a masterclass in audience depression. Near-unremitting in its bleakness, Iñárritu’s latest may be another gloom-fest, but it is also thought […]

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Seth Rogen comedy fails to generate much buzz

by Tom Dunn What do you get when you mix Michel Gondry’s visual quirk and Seth Rogen’s semi-improv stoner comedy? An odd mix, especially when you consider that their latest feature, The Green Hornet, has its origins in the heyday of American radio serials, when problems were adventures and nothing could be accomplished without it […]

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Stunning tale of love as it is actually

The trailer for Blue Valentine sees Ryan Gosling singing along to the ukulele in an intentionally daft voice as Michelle Williams tap dances in charmingly zany fashion – the whole thing seems reminiscent of 2009’s rather willfully indie portrayal of a relationship, 500 Days of Summer. But don’t let such whimsy fool you: this is […]

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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

by Tom Dunn The final part of Weerasethakul’s ‘Primitive’ project continues the elusive, idiosyncratic exploration of northeast Thailand’s history that defined such previous pieces as A Letter to Uncle Boonmee (available to view online). Yet this feature-length instalment is also a fascinating piece of magical realist cinema in its own right, an enchanting vision of […]

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