Now That’s What I Call Kino #9 – The Expressionism of Humphrey Bogart

Few faces are as recognisable in the Hollywood era than Humphrey Bogart’s. Labelled by most rankings as one of the greatest (if not the greatest) actors of all time, Bogart found the peak of his career in the 1940s when the gangster flicks of Hollywood were re-emerging as film-noir. Bogart didn’t break into Hollywood when…

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Between the Lines: ScreenplaySubs Creator Talks About the Value of Reading and Watching a Screenplay

I was fortunate enough to have a conversation with Egan Bisma, the person behind ScreenplaySubs, on the conception of the software, how it was made and the benefits of viewing a film in this particular way.

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Top of the Docs #35 – The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987)

The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On follows Kenzo Okuzaki, a sixty-two-year-old veteran, who took part in Japan’s campaign in New Guinea during World War Two.

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Now That’s What I Call Kino #8 – The Importance of Josephine Baker

Few figures have a cultural importance as great as Josephine Baker. Born in Missouri 1906, she later started out her career as a background dancer in Broadway. She received her big break in Paris and moved to France during the 1920s. She was the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture when…

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Top of the Docs #34 – TIFF Special: City Hall (2020)

Veteran documentarian Frederick Wiseman takes his unique lens and applies it to his home-town of Boston, taking us right to the heart of City Hall.

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The Queer Sexual Tension in Detective Stories

Obsession, devotion, pursuit – all can be acts synonymous to falling in love. However, they are also the key elements for a detective cat-and-mouse story. The relationship between a detective and the criminal they hunt is one that – in many great crime stories – becomes intimately close. They chase each other, play with each…

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Ennui on the Screen and Life Lessons

Entertainment has often show education on the screen, but where has this representation failed and succeeded? Might it be able to even teach us how we can learn better in life itself?

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Now That’s What I Call Kino #7 – The Legacy of Lou Gehrig in The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

With sports reassuringly making their way back to dominating our TV channels, it seemed right for this week’s article to look back at the world of sports biopics in Golden Age Hollywood. And whilst the sports of boxing, football and so forth have their own stories to tell – the one highlighted this week is…

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Top of the Docs #33 – Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974

In his film Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974 (1974) Kazuo Hara throws this general rule out of the window, creating an intensely intimate portrait of his ex-wife, radical activist Takeda Miyuki.

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Now That’s What I Call Kino #6 – The Classic Shorts of Looney Tunes

Few sounds are as recognisable as the Looney Tunes theme tune – which is  implanted into any kid who watched Saturday morning cartoons. With an array of quirky characters and limitless skits, the toon squad have become icons in the world of animation. Whilst they may often fall into the shadows thanks to their noisy…

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