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Review: My Golden Days

My Golden Days (trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse) is a quasi-prequel to Arnaud Desplechin’s 1996′ movie My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument (Comment je me suis disputé… (ma vie sexuelle)). It opens with a continuation of Paul Dédalus’ life as an anthropologist as he returns home to Paris from abroad, but as he gets […]

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Review: The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight is Quentin Tarantino’s eight feature film, and unmistakably so. The poster proudly exclaims it as “the 8th film from Quentin Tarantino” (sic) and it has gotten more media attention over the past few weeks/months than most movies do from pre-production to DVD launch – it may however have been overshadowed a little […]

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Review: Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies sees Tom Hanks reunite with director Steven Spielberg in a movie written by Matt Charman (Suite Française), and Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, Fargo and so on); a star team to say the least. It tells the true story about insurance attorney James B. Donovan (played by Hanks), who […]

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Review: The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2

Since the very first movie, the Hunger Games franchise has shown a sense of maturity about its content that is not present with its contemporary peers in the young-adult genre. While the Divergent and Maze Runner franchises certainly does tackle equally heavy and mature themes, neither do it with much grace; they present the action and […]

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BIFF 2015: The Lobster

Bergen International Film Festival 2015 Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster is as peculiar and unique as it gets, and is in many ways an exercise in contradiction. It is both hysterically funny – laugh out loud moments from beginning to end – and morbidly brutal – both in its visceral violence and humanistic observations. It challenges societal conventions […]

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BIFF 2015: Queen of Earth

Bergen International Film Festival 2015:  Elizabeth Moss’s performance in the opening scene of Queen of Earth gives new meaning to the word spellbinding. Director Alex Ross Perry gets up-close and personal, keeping Moss’s Catherine locked in frame as her face is contorted by tears and abject despair.

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Review: Sicario

Earlier this month I got the chance to see a theatre adaptation of the play that inspired Denis Villeneuve’s, Incendies. While this adaptation was good in its own respect – the ambitious scenography especially – it became clear just how well the French-Canadian filmmaker understands human despair, and how to make a movie filled with tension and […]

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BIFF 2015: Digging for Fire

Bergen International Film Festival 2015: I really like Joe Swanberg’s movies as I’m seeing them. There’s a sense of childish joy and carelessness to them, interposed by some very mature and honest observations about the human condition. Drinking Buddies – which screened at BIFF 2013 – did it with friendship, and Happy Christmas – which […]

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BIFF 2015: Slow West

Bergen International Film Festival 2015:  John Maclean’s feature debut, Slow West, is a meditative and morbidly funny pastiche of the Western-genre. It follows two archetypical characters on an archetypical journey with an archetypical band of misfits and eccentrics en route to their destination. It’s pure and unadulterated fun throughout.

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Review: Victoria

Victoria is assertive from the very first second, and its audaciousness is apparent to the very end; two hours and nineteen minutes in one take, taking us through twenty-two locations – from night clubs to roof tops – without a single cut. It is unequivocally impressive to pull off such a project, and with Victoria, […]

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Review: Paper Towns

Right on schedule, essentially one year post-The Fault in Our Stars mania took hold of so many teens and cinemagoers last year, a new John Green adaptation is set to premiere around the world; Paper Towns. While I have not read Paper Towns, nor seen The Fault in Our Stars, I was excited to see Jack Schreier’s […]

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Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

On the surface Mad Max: Fury Road could easily be misconstrued as the latest addition in an endless line of re-imaginings and reboots, constantly being tossed on the conveyor belt that is Hollywood’s business model incarnate. You know the ones, the movies the billion-dollar studios make these days to pull a new set of billion of […]

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