Top of the Docs #37 – LFF Special: ‘If It Were Love’ (2020) Reminisces on Human Touch

If It Were Love is an intense film following the touring show of Crowd from theatre to theatre. The fly on the wall documentary observes these performers behind the scenes.

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Top of the Docs #36 – LFF Special: ‘Time’ (2020)

Garrett Bradley, a first-time filmmaker, brings us perhaps the most damning indictment of the system yet, with her film Time.

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Now That’s What I Call Kino #13 – The Significance of ‘Night of the Living Dead’

Few films have impacted the horror genre like Night of the Living Dead (1968). As George A Romero’s debut, this b-movie would end up becoming a cult classic that would inspire and create a whole new genre of film. It’s no secret that Romero gained his nickname ‘the King of the Zombies’ for Living Dead…

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Between the Lines: How David Robert Mitchell Writes Horror in the ‘It Follows’ (2014) Screenplay

The surprise horror hit of 2014 is a truly terrifying film thanks to its central premise.

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Why You Can’t Separate Camp and Horror

The art of camp is both nuanced and outrageously blatant in the best way. It’s like being slapped in the face by a penguin wearing a bedazzled denim jacket – you’re not too sure what’s happening, or why it’s happening, but you damn well notice it…

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Now That’s What I Call Kino #12 – Silent Era Classic: The Phantom Carriage

This week’s column piece may be a short one as London Film Festival has kept me busy, but I’m still carrying on with the spooky theme for October by highlighting a classic horror film from the silent era that you should check out: The Phantom Carriage (1921). One of the most important and earliest works…

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Now That’s What I Call Kino #11 – Who is the Greatest Universal Monster?

To carry on Spooktober, following on from The Twilight Zone last week, I thought I may as well talk about another horror favourite of mine – which is the Universal Monster Movies. Although I wouldn’t class myself as ‘obsessed,’ my monster pillow, Bela Lugosi pin and various small posters in my room is still more…

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Top of the Docs #36 – Berwick Special: The Year of the Discovery (2020)

Luis Lopez Carrasco’s second feature explores this supposedly glorious year in Spanish history through the lens of Cartagena.

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Now That’s What I Call Kino #10 – The Duality of Human Nature in The Twilight Zone

Few TV shows hold up as well as Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone. Airing in 1959, this anthology television series has been responsible for numerous reboots, inspirations and references (I’m looking at you The Simpsons). The Twilight Zone is one of the finest science fiction pieces of media around and despite being over 60 years…

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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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