World cinema

Blancanieves

Blancanieves

Fairy tale movies seem to be more popular than ever at the moment, but few of them can have featured a chicken-cam before. Blancanieves is an idiosyncratically Spanish telling of Snow White, where seeing the world through the eyes of young heroine's pet chicken is just one of a host of unexpected...

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From Up On Poppy Hill – Review

From Up On Poppy Hill – Review

You know how some movies make you roll your eyes, because those goggles which are too firmly attached to your eyes, are clouded with cynicism? Well, From Up On Poppy Hill is an animation which could very easily smash a hole in them and make you aww out loud. In public. From the makers of Spirited Away and...

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Reality – Review

Reality – Review

Reality is a hefty word to title a film with, until you stick 'TV' after it. This film does ask questions about what is real, but the title also refers to that genre of television programme that has very little to do with reality but somehow gets big viewing figures. Like 'real' reality it takes a while to get...

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The Deep (2012) – Review

The Deep (2012) – Review

Ever wanted to be a fly on the wall after the credits ended? See heroes go home, sit down, and process what just happens? Welcome to The Deep. The Deep feels like a complete film. An entire narrative that doesn't just end with that cheesy moment of victory where everyone's hugging and things are going to be...

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NO – Review

NO – Review

General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship of Chile was brutal and undemocratic, but was at least it was the agent of its own destruction. In 1988 the regime held a referendum on whether Pinochet should remain in power for another eight years. NO tells the tale of the lead-up to that election. Gael...

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The Masters of Dreams (Les Maître du Rêve) – Review

The Masters of Dreams (Les Maître du Rêve) – Review

Masters Dreams takes a look and the people and processes behind some of the world’s most famous pieces of jewellery. This four-part documentary series starts with a look at Italy’s world-renowned jewellers, followed by French and Swiss, English and South African, and finally jewellers of the...

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Grave of the Fireflies – Review

Grave of the Fireflies – Review

Every now and then you come across a movie that puts your life and the issues you deal with on a day-to-day basis into perspective. That happened to me today when I walked into the screening for Grave of the Fireflies. Directed by Isao Takahata, this charming animation from Studio Ghibli, the makers of Spirited...

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Army of Shadows – Review

Army of Shadows – Review

Jean-Pierre Melville made three war films, but is probably best known for his gangster movies such as Bob le Flambeur and Le Doulos. The cracking Army of Shadows (L'armée des ombres), still has something of the gangster flick about it despite being set during the Second World War. The most obvious...

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In the House – Review

In the House – Review

A sparkling concoction of literary allusion, meta-fiction and plain old yarn spinning, François Ozon's In The House is also funny enough to entertain those of us who haven't read a fraction of the books referenced in the film. One of the chief pleasures of the film is its sheer love of stories. The...

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The Deadly Trap – Review

The Deadly Trap – Review

After the optimism and uproar of the Sixties came the Seventies with a different mood. The writer Francis Wheen has called the decade 'the golden days of paranoia'. René Clément's 1971 thriller The Deadly Trap (La Maison sous les Arbres) tries to express some of this jittery turmoil, not entirely...

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