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A Few Thoughts On J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year.

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Economical. If ever there was a term to describe the work of J.C. Chandor, the young American auteur who came to prominence with eve-of-disaster Wall Street drama Margin Call, and whose reputation as “one to watch” was cemented with the lone gun Robert Redford chamber-piece-in-an-ocean thriller All Is Lost then “Economical” is it. In his brief career he’s crafted a number of lean, precise pictures that recall the no-nonsense filmmaking of generations ago, his work sitting comfortably next to James Gray in the shadow of Lumet and Coppola.  Read more

Monday Blu(e)s And DVD.

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Claude Lanzmann’s life’s work leads the week in Home Video.

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Tales Of D.I.V.O.R.C.E. From Hollywood And Afar.

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A curious coincidence. In as many days I’ve found myself sat in front of three films about separation, about the breakdown of relationships.

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Sundance 2015: What to Expect.

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The world’s premier event for independent filmmakers, the Sundance Film Festival has long been a bastion of trend-balking creativity within the film industry. Read more

Monday Blu(e)s And DVD.

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Stanley Donen’s masterpiece leads the week in Home Video.

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The Criterion Memorandum. April 2015.

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Welcome to this month’s Criterion Memorandum, the first of 2015. Join us, as we take a look at the latest announcements from the esteemed US boutique home video label.  Read more

Notes On Maurice Pialat.

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I’m working on a project that involves looking at the work of Maurice Pialat at the moment. I thought Hope Lies the ideal venue with which to share some of the supplementary thoughts I’ve come to whilst working on the main piece. Read more

The Macabre Masquerading As “Serious” Picture. A Few Thoughts On Whiplash And Foxcatcher.

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We’re in the midst of awards season at the moment, and after a while it all begins to blur in to one big mess of a to-do. Read more

Monday Blu(e)s And DVD.

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It sure beats last week. Read more

Anita Ekberg RIP.

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