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A Misleading Study In Melancholy: The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford

“Yeah, just ain’t no peace with old Jesse around.” Defiantly uncommercial, from the King James bible cadence of its players victoriana valedictions, to the shaggy dog narrative of an outlaw folk hero’s last days, that stretches on beyond his titular killing – even Terrence Malick called this film slow. Yet this badly marketed 2007 film […]

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Barry Lyndon: Death By A Thousand Cuts

Barry Lyndon is the story of a man, no more, no less. A Rake’s Progress of a kind, yet progress, our hero does not. A tale of a naif, vain, selfish, constantly arriving, on the cusp of obtaining what he believes he holds most dear in the world: status. He subsumes his somewhat transparent persona to fit what […]

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Kubrick The Klown? Addressing The Perceived Lack of humour And humanity In His Ouevre

Of all the myths and stories surrounding Stanley Kubrick – his reclusiveness, tales of him wearing a crash helmet whilst driving, his fear of spiders (I may have made one of those up) – the most grievous is that his films are cold and distant, reflecting his dour personality. Kubrick was anything but gloomy, and […]

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