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Festive Films Part 1: Miracle on 34th Street and the case of Christmas in May
In the first of a limited series of articles on festive films, Oli Goldman shares the unlikely origins of the Christmas film genre
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Published on December 15, 2016
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Festival Report: BFI London Film Festival 2016 Recap
Patrick and Matt share their thoughts on a selection of films from LFF 2016
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Published on November 18, 2016
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The Dark Mirror: An Olivia de Havilland Retrospective
Exploring Olivia de Havilland's films and persona in the month of her 100th birthday
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Published on July 07, 2016
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Shall I compare thee to a cinema relay? Thou art more accessible and more climate controlled ...
Becky Rae considers recent trends in Shakespearean theatre and event cinema
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Published on April 23, 2016
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And the Winner is...
Now the dust has settled on awards season, Patrick Pilkington considers how the winners fit in to broader historical trends
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Published on March 08, 2016
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For Your Consideration: Best Supporting Actress
Zoë Shacklock takes a closer look at the Academy's nominations for Best Supporting Actress
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Published on February 25, 2016
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Star Wars: Before and After
A refreshing take on the Star Wars prequels; praising their beauty, ambition, and earnestness over the knowing retro-coolness of The Force Awakens
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Published on December 30, 2015
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Festival Report: FrightFest 2015
Intrepid reporter James Taylor braves the horrors of FrightFest
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Published on September 03, 2015
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The Overlook Screening: Citizen Ruth
Reasons to see Citizen Ruth, showing this month at The Overlook Screening Rooms
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Published on August 27, 2015
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Reflecting on Robots: Representations of A.I. in Recent Film
Matt Denny explores the representation of robots in film, in reference to Chappie and Ex Machina
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Published on August 03, 2015
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The Overlook Screening July 2015: Taste of Fear
Reasons to see Taste of Fear, showing this month at The Overlook Screening Rooms
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Published on July 06, 2015
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Apocalypse and Optimism in Mad Max: Fury Road and Tomorrowland
Cat Lester explores the differing treatment of dystopia and optimism in Mad Max: Fury Road and Tomorrowland
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Published on June 23, 2015
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Reviews From the 2014 London Film Festival: Part 2
James Slaymaker reviews Listen Up Philip, Jauja, and Eden
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Published on November 06, 2014
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Reviews From the 2014 London Film Festival: Part 1
James Slaymaker reviews Hard to be a God, Ellie Lumme, From What is Before, and Pasolini
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Published on November 01, 2014
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"Get Away from Her…": The Power Behind One Line in Aliens
Patrick Pilkington explores the values of heroism and wonder in the blockbuster through Ripley's most famous line...
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Published on August 23, 2014
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From Director Steven Spielberg
Our blockbuster symposium continues with a guest article from Paul Bullock on Spielberg and Blockbusters
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Published on August 20, 2014
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Miami Vice
In the fifth article of our blockbuster symposium, James Slaymaker makes the case for Miami Vice and Michael Mann's avant-garde multiplex style
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Published on August 13, 2014
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Quantum of Solace
Guest writer Ed Smith shares his thoughts on the Craig-era Bond films, and examines the merits of Quantum of Solace
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Published on August 11, 2014
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The Fugitive
Tom Steward explores the balance between narrative and spectacle in The Fugitive compared to contemporary blockbuster films
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Published on August 10, 2014
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Six-shooters, Storytelling, and the Sublime Folly of The Lone Ranger
As part of the Blockbuster Symposium, Matt Denny ponders what constitutes a blockbuster, and why The Lone Ranger is his favourite despite breaking all the rules
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Published on August 07, 2014
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