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Edvard Munch (1974)

First published by Film4 Synopsis: Peter Watkins’ recently restored telefilm documents the angst of an artist and an era. Review: Peter Watkins’ Edvard Munch opens with both a text (in Norwegian) and a voice-over … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Who Killed Teddy Bear (1965)

First published by Film4 Synopsis: Actor Sal Mineo baits the censors in this tawdry Freudian thriller from the mid-1960s, midway between a giallo and a slasher. Review: In 1955, at the tender … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

First published by Film4 Synopsis: In Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning fairytale for adults, fascism struggles to trample an innocent’s imagination. Review: In the imagination of filmmakers, there is something about the … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

Skeletons (2010)

First published by Film4 Synopsis: Nick Whitfield’s feature debut is an eccentric blend of high-concept miracle, Northern mundanity – and Bulgarian voices. Review: When we first meet Davis (Ed Gaughan) and Bennett … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973)

First published by Film4 Synopsis: In Wojciech Has’ adaptation of Bruno Schulz’s short stories, time plays tricks and dreams come to life as a man visits his not quite dead father … Continue reading

September 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Horton Hears A Who! (2008)

First published by Film4 Synopsis: This feature-length children’s film uses state-of-the-art CGI to imagine the mannered worlds of Dr Seuss. The voice cast includes Jim Carrey and Steve Carell. Review: When Theodor … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Martyrs (2008)

First published by Film4 Synopsis: Pascal Laugier’s controversial second feature is an ultraviolent revenge thriller with a brutally transcendent twist that makes uneasy witnesses of us all. Review: Following on from its … Continue reading

July 4, 2015 · 3 Comments

Splice (2009)

First published by Film4 Synopsis: In this updated riff on Frankenstein, directed and co-written by Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Cypher), scientific hubris and tainted love combine to create an unstable and dangerous … Continue reading

July 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Babylon A.D. (2008)

First published by Film4 Synopsis: Vin Diesel’s veteran-turned-mercenary escorts an innocent young woman through an apocalyptic futurescape, unsure whether she is human bomb or new messiah. From the director of La … Continue reading

June 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Spider Forest (2004)

Review first published by Film4 Synopsis: Song Il-Gon weaves an inescapable trap for characters and viewers alike in this melancholic Korean mystery. Review: A scene in the middle of Spider Forest (Geomi sup) shows Kang … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

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