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The Big Sick – An unconventional love story with a big heart

‘Rom-com’ is a genre term many still think of with contempt. Yet for a while now, modern productions have been reinventing this particular film world, turning the usual tropes upside down and delivering great films such as Knocked Up (2007), Bridesmaids (2011) and Trainwreck (2015) – films that manage to find that difficult balance between humour and poignancy. The Big Sick (2017) is […]

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The Big Sick – An unconventional love story with a big heart

‘Rom-com’ is a genre term many still think of with contempt. Yet for a while now, modern productions have been reinventing this particular film world, turning the usual tropes upside down and delivering great films such as Knocked Up (2007), Bridesmaids (2011) and Trainwreck (2015) – films that manage to find that difficult balance between humour and poignancy. The Big Sick (2017) is … Continue reading The Big Sick – An unconventional love story with a big heart

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Mindhorn – “It’s truth time!” for Julian Barratt’s hilarious fictional detective

Mindhorn (2016) is a character immediately recognisable to anyone familiar with cop shows from the 80s. From his leather jacket and turtleneck sweater, to his flash, fast car and beautiful girl on his arm, he is the very epitome of these TV detectives, albeit with the added ability of a bionic eye that lets him … Continue reading Mindhorn – “It’s truth time!” for Julian Barratt’s hilarious fictional detective

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Mindhorn – “It’s truth time!” for Julian Barratt’s hilarious fictional detective

Mindhorn (2016) is a character immediately recognisable to anyone familiar with cop shows from the 80s. From his leather jacket and turtleneck sweater, to his flash, fast car and beautiful girl on his arm, he is the very epitome of these TV detectives, albeit with the added ability of a bionic eye that lets him […]

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The Hunt – A brutal depiction of small town paranoia

The main goal of the Dogme 95 movement was to create affecting, memorable films by focusing on story, acting and a natural filmmaking style in order to get to the truth of the narrative. It was Thomas Vinterberg’s Festen (1998) that was first created following this manifesto, this powerful portrait of a family with harrowing … Continue reading The Hunt – A brutal depiction of small town paranoia

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Free Fire – Bullets and jokes fly fast in Ben Wheatley’s latest

A dingy warehouse in the middle of nowhere doesn’t seem like the most obvious place for an action-thriller shootout, or even the most ambitious setting for a film. Yet although Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire barely leaves the four walls of this abandoned building, his inventive story, brilliant cast of characters and superb direction has resulted in a … Continue reading Free Fire – Bullets and jokes fly fast in Ben Wheatley’s latest

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Prevenge – Bringing up baby can be a bloody nightmare

While many films show the downs of pregnancy as well as the ups, there are few that portray it as being downright horrifying – of the fear of being unable to control your body because of something else inside of you. Alice Lowe’s Prevenge (2016) takes this idea in a literal sense and runs with … Continue reading Prevenge – Bringing up baby can be a bloody nightmare

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