AFI’s 100 Years 100 Movies: Restructured

The American Film Institute have some of the most famous lists in the world, often filled with classic movies that are regarded today as cinema’s finest.

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REVIEW: ‘Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always’ is a Striking Feminist Manifesto on Unwanted Teenage Pregnancy

Eliza Hittman is dauntless as she saunters into these nebulous shadows to tell what is one of the rawest and most poignant coming-of-age stories of modern cinema.

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REVIEW: Swallow (2019) is “Horrifying Precisely Because of How Real it Feels”

Hunter (Haley Bennett) seems to have it all: a rich husband, a baby on the way, and a gorgeous home with space for a massive garden. Yet, she starts to feel confined to her home. Her aptly-named husband, Richie (Austin Stowell), encourages her to stay inside and rest throughout the pregnancy. With no job to attend to, her life is consumed with preparing the house for the baby. Her relationship with Richie is increasingly distant as Hunter feels stifled by her financial dependency and lack of control of her life. She finds release in a very strange place as she impulsively swallows a small glass marble.

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GFF REVIEW: ‘Papicha’ Teaches Us About The Bravery Behind Loving

“Papicha is about the beauty of love and unity, in a world that is so hateful and divided.”  Papicha, Mounia Meddour’s debut feature, is a gut-punching true story set on the brink of the Algerian civil war. The story follows Nedjma (Lyna Khoudri), a university student hoping for a career in fashion  in this harrowing…

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Top of the Docs #6 – ‘Swatted’ (2018) and the Realities of Sharing Online

It is impossible to describe the impact of the internet, and even more impossible to place that impact on a moral compass. The internet is a place where millions of people who may never have met can connect, it has formed new communities and, importantly, has greatly furthered discourse concerning gender, sexuality, race, and various other marginalised communities by acting as a means for activists to communicate.

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Jodie Foster Films, Ranked.

Foster’s presence has seeped into realms of film and television that have not only magnified her versatility but has also allowed her to leap over boundaries of genre.

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Resurrecting Cluzot’s ‘L’Enfer’ (1964) in 2020

In 1964, Henri-Georges Clouzot set out to change cinema with his film L’Enfer. He attempted to create images so striking, and implicate a story so defined by heartbreak and the human condition, that it proved too difficult a task to finish due to problems of funding, sickness, and management.

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What’s on Scene #2 – March 2020

Howdy! Welcome to What’s on Scene, our monthly column dedicated to keeping you up to date on the latest screenings and programmes across the UK. For a full list of screenings scroll to the end of the piece! And remember if you would like a screening listed next month, be sure to let us know!

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Top of the Docs #5 – ‘Going Clear’ (2015): Scientology and the Prison of Belief and Journalistic Documentary

In terms of mainstream documentary filmmaking over the past two decades, few figures have amassed as impressive a body of work as Alex Gibney. His documentaries often tackle corporate scandal, usually interrogating single corporations such as in Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005).

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