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3 x Love. Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Meditations on Time

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

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Ways of The Master: Steve Gunn

There is a bright new star on the musical firmament worth keeping a very close eye on. So far known to a broader audience mostly as former touring member of Kurt[ . . . ]

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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[ . . . ]

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?

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‘s film on the big screen. Not particularly acquainted with the director’s previous work, I almost made up my[ . . . ]

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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 a diverse public all over the world, has just had a[ . . . ]

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Jarmusch revisited

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

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On the Way to Self Discovery

Well, it’s been a while since my last post. What does not mean there was nothing to write about. Quite the opposite. For instance, throughout April, May and June the[ . . . ]

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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’s 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 still[ . . . ]