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period drama

Flim Weakly Review- Downton Abbey

Jean Luc Godard once said “Film is truth, 24 frames per second.” Now, I don’t know what that means, but I do know it's wrong. Downton Abbey cannot be truth, because it's made of film, and truth is made of emotions or something. I also

Flim Weakly Review- Atonement

Jean Luc Godard once said “Film is truth, 24 frames per second.” Now, I don’t know what that means, but I do know it's wrong. Atonement cannot be truth, because it's made of film, and truth is made of emotions or something. I also don’t

Marguerite & Julien (2015)

Incest has to provoke a reaction of some sort. Shock, disgust, desire, sadness; it really doesn’t matter. Just something. Marguerite & Julien fails abysmally unless boredom, and maybe a bit of quiet sniggering counts. Once upon a time a…

Carol (2015)

Carol is a film crackling with opportunity, rich in period setting, richer still in personal relationships built up, torn down and glued back together with messy elegance. Returning once more to his favoured 1950s American backdrop, Todd…

There Be Dragons (2011)

There Be Dragons is not the return of Roland Joffé. The name probably doesn’t mean anything to you. But this director made two brilliant movies in the 1980s, namely The Killing Fields and The Mission. These were intelligent, sensitive…

Farewell My Queen (2012)

As the opening film to this year’s Berlinale and one of the competition films, Farewell My Queen (Les Adieux a la Reine) has high expectations placed upon it. Unfortunately this historical drama was rather underwhelming. Set in Versailles…

The Mission (1986)

Imagine a time when two empires could split the world in two, one half for each country to rule, as if the globe were an orange. This in fact happened in 1494, with the Treaty of Tordesillas, mediated by the Vatican, in which Portugal and…