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The Woody Allen Library

The Woody Allen Library

Woody Allen's career has lasted an age. He started selling jokes while still at school and has written and directed a film every year since 1982 (yes, there is one in the pipeline for next year). So, calling this collection The Woody Allen Library is a little misleading as it 'only' covers seven of the films he...

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Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi – Blu Ray release

Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi – Blu Ray release

Arrow Films have released Godfrey Reggio's first two classic films Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi together on Blu Ray for the first time. Gorgeous-looking films such as these could well be what the format was invented for. In characteristic Arrow style, the release comes with a wealth of extras. These...

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We Are The Freaks – Review

We Are The Freaks – Review

Just last week the 10th anniversary of the noughties teen movie, Mean Girls, was celebrated all over social media to the annoyance of those who despise the genre. So it seems fairly fitting that We Are The Freaks, the surreal and anarchic anti-teen British comedy is released on DVD shortly after. Unlike your...

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The Motel Life – Review

The Motel Life – Review

Brothers Gabe and Alan Polsky team up on the directorial duties for The Motel Life, their debut feature film. Adapted from Willy Vlautin’s novel of the same title, the film follows two down-and-out brothers, Frank and Jerry, as they flee from the law in the wake of Jerry’s involvement in a...

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The English Teacher – Review

The English Teacher – Review

When a former student of Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore), a reclusive yet passionate English teacher, arrives back in town after failing as a playwright in the big smoke, she sets out to kick-start his career in theatre production. Craig Zisk’s fluffy US comedy takes great pains to highlight the...

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The Piano – Blu Ray release

The Piano – Blu Ray release

There will no doubt be a generation who will have been introduced to New Zealand director Jane Campion by way of Top of the Lake, which arrived on British television screens in 2013. This compelling, psychologically astute, and beautifully shot mini-series dealt with similar issues found in her 1993 film The...

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Prince Avalanche – Review

Prince Avalanche – Review

Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch starring opposite one another in an 80’s set dramedy about labourers painting a road is a peculiar proposition. A proposition that gets more peculiar by virtue of its director, David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Your Highness) and its score, composed by instrumental indie rock...

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Struck By Lightning – Review

Struck By Lightning – Review

In November of 2012, I was browsing through the book store on my Kindle searching for something to read, when I paused at a new release called Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal. The boy on the cover, crouched on a chair with a lightning bolt made from broken pencils aimed at his head, seemed...

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Kings of Summer – Review

Kings of Summer – Review

One of this year’s favourites to come out of Sundance, The Kings of Summer is a nostalgic, fun and surprisingly moving transportation back into the peaks and troughs of male puberty. As a film it triumphantly consolidates the joys of the contemporary American Independent cinema and manages to curtail its...

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Drone Strike – Review

Drone Strike – Review

Earlier in the year Alex Gibney  released his documentary about Wikileaks, We Steal Secrets, now director Chris Richmond and producer Mike Sedgwick have gone one step further. With Drone Strike they have made the first film based on revelations from Bradley Manning's terabytes of data. Only running...

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