Cinema Rediscovered 2019 – Renewal and Reflection

The 25th to the 28th July saw Cinema Rediscovered take over Watershed in Bristol for the fourth year. This fast-growing festival, focused primarily on revival and archival cinema, is one of the freshest and most vital in the UK, despite its focus on *ahem* old things. It seems to engender a mood given to thinking…

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Down With Elevated Horror

We’ve been told about the rise of a new genre of horror in the past few years – ‘elevated’ horror, which is supposedly a bit smarter, intellectual and above the passing grade for what constitutes genre fare. It’s most notable flagships thus far are films like Robert Eggers’ The VVitch or Hereditary and Midsommar, both…

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REVIEW: “Drenched in Gothic Atmosphere” – ‘Gwen’ (2019)

★ ★ ★ ★  “A brilliant gothic tale high up in the mountains of Snowdonia .” Nowhere near enough filmmakers have made use of the Welsh geography for its psycho-geographic capabilities. Plenty of films have used the country as a stand-in for other locations – ever since the rebooted Doctor Who made Cardiff its production…

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Best Of 2019 So Far – Fedor Tot

If you know where to look, cinema is doing pretty damn great this year. Of the five here, I would consider one to have already entered my personal pantheon of all-time greats, and the other four aren’t a million miles behind. Cinema eh? 5. Until Porn Do Us Part (dir. Jorge Pelicano) I was lucky…

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Five Great Closing Movie Tracks

Recently I wrote about how ‘Willow’, the closing track from High Life, fuses elegantly with the themes of the film. A well-chosen final piece of music can turn a good film into a great one and a great one into a stone-cold classic. When the marriage of sight and sound is a perfect melding of…

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Music in the Void: High Life and the Use of Music

“Willow / Do you crouch among the rooftops / Willow / Listening to a city wheezing / And your dreams they stretch / Beyond the clouds and pass the moon” ‘Willow’, Tindersticks ft. Robert Pattinson – High Life (dir. Claire Denis) Film music, we are told, should rarely ever be front-and-centre of a film. It…

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