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It’s a Wonderful Standalone Film

It’s a Wonderful Standalone Film

Sometimes, people working in cinema seem to completely lose sight of what’s important about a piece of filmmaking. In this case, they’ve gone in totally blind. There are certain films that will never, ever need a sequel. E.T., When Harry Met Sally, and Superbad (go with me on that one). There are also ones...

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The subjective platform: an interview with Mike Lerner

The subjective platform: an interview with Mike Lerner

There’s a lot of crossover between documentary filmmaking and journalism. In fact, you could argue that the former is actually part of the latter, rather than part of cinema. When I got a chance to speak with Mike Lerner, the director of Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, I felt content that there was someone on the...

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Gravitational pull: dissecting the science of Gravity

Gravitational pull: dissecting the science of Gravity

Gravity is something of a big deal in 2013's roster of big screen experiences. It's also turned the lens of the scientific community towards filmmaking. Earlier, I got a fairly hefty email from my editor, Mr Parrot, containing a list of Gravity science pieces I can only describe as "formidably comprehensive"....

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So, what’s going on with Preacher?

So, what’s going on with Preacher?

Preacher is a comic book series that’s been going on for years, now. But its journey towards a screen of any sort has slowed – until recently. For those who aren’t in the know (and you wouldn’t be to blame, this is hardly the mainstream comic book stuff you’ll find Marvel whacking into cinemas every...

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Rise, rise! Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer – Review

Rise, rise! Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer – Review

I like documentaries because I feel like I emerge afterwards more educated than I was when I went in. For that reason, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer is essential viewing. Pussy Riot are a three-woman feminist punk band, and also a political movement. Arrested in 2012 for a vocal protest in Moscow, one of them...

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Indiana Jones Trilogy Comes to Blu-Ray and VOD

Indiana Jones Trilogy Comes to Blu-Ray and VOD

Finally. Finally. If you're a big Indiana Jones fan, love watching films in high definition and are content denying the existence of the fourth film, you're going to go nuts for this. I love Indiana Jones. At once, he's a savant, a fighter, a lover, a parent, a son, a professor, and a bit of an a***hole. From...

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The Alternative Comedy Experience: Season One – Review

The Alternative Comedy Experience: Season One – Review

Ah, Stewart Lee. King of British alternative comedy. Now, interviewer and presenter of interesting alt-comic performances. The Alternative Comedy Experience is a great concept, but I feel like its execution, from an editing standpoint, is flawed. Multiple comedians, each performance sliced and diced and spread...

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Disney/Marvel announce five superhero shows for Netflix in 2015

Disney/Marvel announce five superhero shows for Netflix in 2015

One live-action Marvel show on Netflix would be great. Two? Fantastic. Five? Five? Are you kidding me right now? I need some fresh air. In what's being dubbed an "unprecedented deal", Marvel and Disney are going to grant Netflix what may become some of its biggest ever content - five new shows, four of them...

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Keeping It Loki: The State of Norse Mythology on Screen

Keeping It Loki: The State of Norse Mythology on Screen

For millennia, the mythological tales of human civilisation have been a source of artistic inspiration. The storied history of the Norse gods has been no exception. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the opening sequence of Thor has nothing to do with Marvel’s superhero universe. In the midst of Asgard,...

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Full of Soul: Muscle Shoals – Review

Full of Soul: Muscle Shoals – Review

Muscle Shoals is a name I wasn’t familiar with before I heard of this documentary. By the time the credits rolled I knew it was one of the most important locations in musical history. Documentaries, quite often, are engaging, emotional experiences because of the people in them. What they go through, what...

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