My Brother the Devil (111 mins, 15)
London Film Festival
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Monday 06 February 2012
Theo Angelopoulos, acclaimed as one of the greatest film-makers in his lifetime, was fatally injured on a desolate urban landscape under an overcast, drizzly sky, hit by a motorcyclist while trying to cross a highway.
Friday 09 December 2011
Theatre: Arnold Wesker's 'The Kitchen' is one of my favourite plays. I saw a matinee of Bijan Sheibani's revival at the National and was transported. It's a warm, penetrating study of working life and the bonds that hold society together. It's also a very funny, moving portrait of migrant life in London,not long after the Second World War.
Saturday 03 September 2011
Friday 02 September 2011
Roman Polanski likes confined spaces. Knife in the Water, Cul-de-Sac, Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby all had a determinedly claustrophobic feel. So does Carnage (a world premiere in Venice.) The difference here is that this is a comedy, albeit a barbed and vicious one. Adapted from Yasmina Reza's play, it is a chamber piece, lasting barely 80 minutes. Thanks to the coruscating dialogue and four tremendous central performances, the film transcends its stage origins. Not since Richard Burton and Liz Taylor tore strips off each other in the movie version of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? has there been a film that has probed so pitilessly into the lives of middle-class couples.
Thursday 01 September 2011
Monday 22 August 2011
Traditionally marginalised by the big studios, genre films are finally gaining the respect they deserve, says James Mottram
Thursday 04 August 2011
Sideshow is a travelling exhibition of drawings and poetry exploring the lives of the people in and around the fairgrounds and penny gaffs of an older England. It examines the transformative effect of the carnival, voyeurism and the human body as a commodity of display.
Monday 01 August 2011
Angelina Jolie has won a special award for bringing attention to the refugees of Bosnia's 1992-95 war.
Friday 29 July 2011
Wednesday 22 June 2011
Kings of Leon say their band is exactly like being in 'Spinal Tap'.
Monday 20 June 2011
Monday 23 May 2011
The first sex worker film festival in London will be held next month, featuring documentaries and short films about the fight for human and labour rights.
Wednesday 18 May 2011
Tuesday 17 May 2011
Cannes Cinema: A Visual History of the World's Greatest Film Festival, Photographs by Traverso, text by Serge Toubiana
Sunday 15 May 2011
These rarely seen images of the Cannes Film Festival are the work of the Traverso family, four generations of photographers who captured the transformation of a sleepy seaside town into an iconic location for cinematic legends.
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