Naked Island

Naked Island

It's a film in which for most of the hour and a half running time, we watch a man and a woman walking up and down a steep narrow path, fetching and carrying buckets of water in blistering heat, and occasionally ladling the water parsimoniously onto wilting plants. We...

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Francesco Rosi

Francesco Rosi

Look at his photo. What kind of films would you say he made? Action films, maybe? If i tell you his Italian? He looks like the producer of slick italian comedies or white telephone films, but he was a brilliant and imaginative film director, who made two of the...

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Another Year

Another Year

I am at the Lighthouse waiting to go and see Mike Leigh's Another Year, its hard to believe (and somewhat ironic) that I haven't been here in a year, - my last outing was to Haneke's White Ribbon. Someone asked me if "the Mike Leigh film" is an action film. I think...

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French film Night

I watched "Father of my Children" last night, which was superb and very French - lots of chat, and not much action, but afterwards it leaves you thinking about life, and choices and all that kind of stuff. In other words a perfect contemporary French film, a bit...

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Broken Embraces – fluent Almodovar

Broken Embraces – fluent Almodovar

I finally got around to watching the most recent Almodóvar - not because I was avoiding it, but because his films often have that Thornton's chocolate factor - you know it's going to be a pleasing indulgence, but you want to save it for a central role in a day of...

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Lemon Tree – neither sweet nor sour!

Lemon Tree – neither sweet nor sour!

I finally got around to watching Lemon Tree this evening- about 2 years after it's release. Amazon have been selling it for around six quid, so it was worth a punt. Although I like a lot of Middle Eastern Films, I have been avoiding Lemon Tree, since some reviews made...

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I stomp on Bashir

I stomp on Bashir

Over the easter hols, I watched my friend's copy of Waltz with Bashir. I was looking forward to seeing it, as he has recently broken down my filmic anime-phobia, with the very good Persepolis, and this looked like a film of the same kind ilk. Except that it wasn't....

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Offside winner

Offside winner

How can a film about women not being allowed to do something be uplifting? You need to watch Offside to find out, as, once again Jafar Panahi shows us that the best Director making feminist films is an Iranian man. Like the more wrought earlier work The Circle,...

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