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VENICE 2015 – Anomalisa (2015)
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VENICE 2015 – Anomalisa (2015)

Welcome back Charlie, it’s been a while. Since 2008 in fact, far too long to have to be without his excoriating dismantling of the human psyche. Thankfully, he’s back in our midst, working with several members of the Community team to create a stop motion drama funny, feverish, and surprisingly […]

VENICE 2015 – Rabin, the Last Day (2015)
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VENICE 2015 – Rabin, the Last Day (2015)

There are few things more shocking than the murder of a political leader, for they are never just an individual. Willingly or not, they represent a vision for how the world should be, and a practical approach to achieving it. The bigger their impact, the more society changes, splitting people […]

American Ultra (2015)
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American Ultra (2015)

Misdirecting a comedy genre-buster What American Ultra first has to recommend it is its stars, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, a combo both obvious and odd (they were together for Adventureland in 2009) — though this will eventually lead to disillusionment. The writer, Max Landis, shows a knack for playing with genre. He […]

Steve Jobs:  The Man in the Machine
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Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

Beloved creep Steve Jobs was, unquestionably, a brilliant promoter, with a sense of drama and a gift for seizing the right moment. But he was no universal genius, and his moral and philosophical claims were shallow or false. He was not a nice man. He did not deserve his fame. […]

VENICE 2015 – A Bigger Splash (2015)
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VENICE 2015 – A Bigger Splash (2015)

Ripples disrupt calm waters but which event caused the biggest splash? There are several candidates in Luca Guadagnino’s first film since 2009’s I Am Love, reuniting him with Tilda Swinton for sun kissed turmoil on the Italian island of Pantelleria. That his new feature, a remake of the 1969 film […]

VENICE 2015 – The Clan (2015)
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VENICE 2015 – The Clan (2015)

If Pablo Trapero’s new film were a person, it would be Clint Eastwood kicking back with poncho and cheroot as the man with no name. The Clan is all moody stares, sweet tunes, and viscerally sudden violence, by far the coolest chapter in the career of a director continuing to […]

VENICE 2015 – A War (2015)
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VENICE 2015 – A War (2015)

Guilt is a hard cross to bear, especially when it’s unavoidable. Worse still for Pilou Asbæk’s military commander, it’s deserved. A War, the third feature from Danish director/writer Tobias Lindholm, keeps with the intricate examination of tough situations he’s specialised in, delivering a timely and thought-provoking film. At its Venice […]

VENICE 2015 – Spotlight (2015)
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VENICE 2015 – Spotlight (2015)

If not quite a dying profession, journalism is certainly one under threat. Declining print circulation and the move to a format that seems mighty hard to commercialise have seen cutbacks and closings across the board. The first to go are often those teams focussing on the big investigative pieces that […]

VENICE 2015 – The Danish Girl (2015)
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VENICE 2015 – The Danish Girl (2015)

As society changes, so do the norms that guide our behaviour. For example, we now allow gay marriage where once practicing homosexuals faced prison. There’s still a long way to go, and even with all the positive forward steps, the transgender agenda has remained side-lined. It’s refreshing then to find […]

VENICE 2015 – Equals (2015)
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VENICE 2015 – Equals (2015)

Why must the future always be such a drag? If not nuclear apocalypse, it seems we fear civilisation becoming a right wing nut jobs paranoid nightmare, full of supressed emotion, mindless collectivism and a penchant for blandly uniform clothing. Drake Doremus does nothing to dispel this image in Equals, moving […]