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The Killing (1956) Film Review

The Killing operates in a bare bones film noir atmosphere with the minimum of character needed to propel celluloid forward. The big score, a daring heist on the vast reserves of cash swilling around on race day is the heart of the film.

TIFF 2016 – Blue Jay (2016)

If the past is a foreign country, no one seems to believe it. Particularly when it comes to our own history, we often look back with a carefully censored gaze. Blue Jay throws two former high school sweethearts into this confusing nexus…

Paper Moon (1973)

Like The Last Picture Show, his monochrome tapestry detailing the economic and emotional stagnation of a post-war Texan community, Peter Bogdanovich’s Paper Moon aestheticised the impoverished through the prosperous channels of New…

Lust For Love (1967)

Lust For Love (original title: Mahlzeiten) is in black and white, and certainly an attempt at an art movie. It is one of the early works of prolific German director Edgar Reitz, born 1932, and still active in directing. The movie…

The Insect Woman (1963)

The latest release in the Masters of Cinema series is director Shohei Imamura’s The Insect Woman from 1963. The title evokes some kind of Kafkaesque horror movie, but in this case the title is metaphorical, referring to the resilience of…

The Artist (2011)

It would be quite a heartless figure indeed who managed to watch The Artist and not like it. The movie is, after all, a wonderfully designed and constructed love letter to the beauty of film as a visual medium and the way in which…

Richard Burton’s Hamlet (1964)

As great an actor as Richard Burton is - and he is among the greatest -, the single most distinctive feature about him is probably his great, booming voice. Whether in the movies, on stage or as the narrator in the brilliant recording of…