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Secession And Sensibility: Ang Lee’s Ride With The Devil

Ang Lee’s Ride With The Devil, adapted by James Schamus from Daniel Woodrell’s American Civil War novel Woe To Live On, charts how naïve young men, divorced from a wider base cause (the Confederacy for which they nominally fight), emerge changed from conflict. Finding, one might say in the context of vexatious personalities of the […]

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A Quantum Leap: Bond’s First Sequel

“There’s something horribly efficient about you.” Camille’s words to James Bond could apply equally to the film Quantum Of Solace, a quantum leap of sorts for the Bond series – the first direct sequel, and a film some say suffered from hyper-kinetic editing and the bad timing of the writer’s strike. Praise was muted, but […]

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Reappreciation Society: Sleuth

Watching Sleuth is like watching two peacocks dancing around on the front lawn of a country estate on a balmy summer’s day, their feathers in full flow, gleaming and sparkling in the hot summer sun – with seemingly no end to their beauty and hauteur. These are two men at the peak of their powers and this […]

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Reappreciation Society: Shutter island

This piece contains spoilers I believe director Martin Scorsese is sufficiently aware of his film’s supposed twist effect on audiences to pose a more intriguing question from its doomed protagonist – “Which would be worse? To live as a monster, or die as a good man?” US Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) is really mental patient […]

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Reappreciation Society: Slap Shot

Sports films are usually about challenges and overcoming them. Beating the odds, jumping the hurdles, sinking the putt, dunking the ball or scoring the touchdown. These films usually centre around a hero, or a sporting great or someone seeking redemption. What was different about Slap Shot however, is that it centres around a pathological liar, […]

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Reappreciation Society: The Making Of Blake’s 7

Have we got a treat for you! In 2003, an in-depth documentary with loads of interviews and behind the scenes goodies on the BBC1 science-fiction series Blake’s 7 was made for the DVD box set, but for some reason it was never included in the final release. Blake’s 7 ran on TV from 1978 to […]

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Reappreciation Society: Major Dundee (1965): The Proto – Peckinpah Western

  It was supposed to be third time’s the charm for director Sam Peckinpah. After two well received small westerns: The Deadly Companion, and Ride The high Country (which went down a storm in Europe and is now considered one of his greatest films), “Bloody Sam” was given a large scope, large budget Horse Soldier […]

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Re-appreciation Society: Southern Comfort

Considered by many to be a thematic sequel to Deliverance, 1981′sSouthern Comfort drives down the same lonely road and comes a cropper of the locals.  Southern Comfort is a superb, taut thriller depicting a group of National Guardsmen trying to negotiate their way out of a swamp while being picked off one by one by unseen Cajun enemies – […]

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Re-appreciation Society: The Italian Job

Cooler than a mint imperial, cheekier than a Sid James laugh, the insouciant, geezerish swagger of The Italian Job sums up the fresh frivolity of a late ’60’s British vibe that probably only existed in the film-makers imagination. Yet its appeal is timeless: recently BBC Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson replicated stunt driver Remy Julienne’s attempt to do 360 […]

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Excalibur: John Boorman’s Once And Future Movie Myth

  John Boorman’s 1981 fantastical retelling of Mallory’s Le Mort D’ Arthur is, to quote Nicol Williamson’s Merlin in the film, “A dream to some. A nightmare to others!” What some see as an episodic and hammy sword and sorcery tale is a clever and satisfying retelling of a mythical truth, an abstract approach that shows us Arthur’s […]

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