Sissy Spacek and Robert Redford in The Old Man & the Gun, dir. David Lowery, 2018

The Old Man & the Gun

Robert Redford chose to end his acting career with a remarkable performance in a role which suits him like no other. Having read The New Yorker piece by David Grann[ . . . ]

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Neurotic Fiction

Neurotic Fiction, a south-western outfit consisting of Jessie Pfundner, Livi Sinclair, Rory Matthews and Sean Langdon-Dark, have just released their debut album on the Bristol label Specialist Subject Records. It[ . . . ]

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Wildlife

Paul Dano, talented actor acclaimed for his remarkable performance in Paul Thomas Anderson’s tour de force There Will Be Blood and a successful collaboration with a variety of auteurs, including Richard Linklater, Paolo[ . . . ]

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Grey Hairs

No feeling compares to the excitement of discovering a new outstanding band. Especially if it happens in a live context, and you are caught unprepared, wide-eyed and stupefied by the[ . . . ]

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American Animals

Existential vacuum is a subject that hits home with many film directors of the now quickly maturing generation X. Their interest in the age-old phenomenon, which tends to gain importance each[ . . . ]

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Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Meditations on Time

As the long wait for the European release of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin is coming to an end, the London audiences’ appetites have been sharpened by the fascinating retrospective of the acclaimed Taiwanese director’s[ . . . ]

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Ways of The Master: Steve Gunn

So far known to the broader audience mostly as a former touring member of Kurt Vile‘s backing band The Violators, Steve Gunn,  a formidable finger-picking guitarist, has recently taken new approach[ . . . ]

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Birdman

It is interesting to notice that at least three among this season’s Oscar contenders, Birdman, Foxcatcher and Whiplash, deal with the problem of self-creation and the resulting psychological duplicity. Coincidence?[ . . . ]

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Interstellar: A Journey to the End of Time

I must admit I wasn’t immediately inclined to see the newest Christopher Nolan film on the big screen. Not particularly acquainted with the director’s previous work, I almost made up my mind[ . . . ]

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Going beyond with Studio Ghibli

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, Mami Sunada’s documentary dedicated to Studio Ghibli, the iconic cultural institution of Japan whose cinematic output is admired by diverse audiences all over the world,[ . . . ]

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Jarmusch revisited

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the British Film Institute is London’s temple of cinema. Its vast archives satisfy even the most refined tastes. If you happen not[ . . . ]

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Boyhood: On the Way to Self Discovery

The newest picture of Richard Linklater, Boyhood, has just gone on release in UK cinemas. It is a truly unique film, a fruit of cinematic work comprising no less than[ . . . ]

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And the winners are…

The film awards season has just come to an end. It was an exceptionally fruitful cinematic year, rich in productions satisfying even the most refined tastes. Films by younger talented[ . . . ]

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In Search of the Great Beauty

It is not everyday that we get a chance to experience such an utter perfection unveil itself on screen. Few filmmakers are capable of a similar artistic flair and fewer[ . . . ]

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On the road to Nebraska

Nebraska, a new film by Alexander Payne, has just been released in the UK cinemas. For those acquainted with Payne’s body of work, which consists mostly of rather commercial productions,[ . . . ]

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Spring in Music: Records not to be missed

The last few weeks brought two important musical releases. The first one comes from the prolific guitarist and pioneer of the NYC new-wave scene Thurston Moore, a legend in his own[ . . . ]

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Broken: a Piece of Theatre on Screen

Broken, directorial debut from Rufus Norris, British theatre director best known for his acclaimed stage adaptation of Festen, has just been released in the UK and Irish cinemas. It is a picture of extraordinary[ . . . ]

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Musical releases. Part 1: J Mascis

This time, let’s talk about music. There is no way to deny that the subject has been recently given relatively little coverage on this blog. This is to be blamed on[ . . . ]