Mia Goth in High Life, dir. Claire Denis, 2018

High Life

High Life, the first English-language film by French director Claire Denis, is far removed from the typical sci-fi tropes, such as the glorification of space exploration, praise of the human[ . . . ]

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Mésange – Gypsy Moth

Mésange are an instrumental duo formed by contemporary violinist Agathe Max (Kuro), originally from Lyon, France, and guitarist Luke Mawdsley (Cavalier Song) from Liverpool. Two years after the release of[ . . . ]

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Haress

Formed by David Hand and Elizabeth Still from Bishops Castle in Shropshire, Haress are a guitar duo drawing freely from blues, folk and drone musical traditions in order to create[ . . . ]

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Kogumaza – Fugues

Kogumaza, instrumental outfit from Nottingham celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, have just announced the release of their third album, a double LP titled Fugues. Officially out on 19th March[ . . . ]

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Markers – Heaven in the Dark Earth

Jason Carty and Jodie Cox, both prolific members of the London math rock scene in the late ’90s up to the early ’00s, originally met on stage when playing in[ . . . ]

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Roma – Beauty on the Outside

There are films whose universal critical approval can only be explained with the stifling power of canonical thinking. A given work is regarded a masterpiece on the basis of a[ . . . ]

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 whetted by the fascinating retrospective of the acclaimed Taiwanese director’s oeuvre[ . . . ]

Steve Gunn with Erik Heestermans (drums) and Tommy DenNys (bass) @Cafe oto, London, November 2014 ©Anna Bajor-Ciciliati

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 a new[ . . . ]

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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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In Search of the Great Beauty

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