The Independent’s film critic selects his favourite films of the year
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Tuesday 01 October 2013
Richard Sarafian, who died on 18 September at the age of 83 following a fall, was a film director whose 1971 countercultural thriller Vanishing Point brought him a decades-long cult following. A dark story of a drug-fuelled car chase through the Nevada desert brought on by a bet between a Vietnam veteran and his drug dealer. The veteran Kowalski, played by Barry Newman, drives a Dodge Challenger muscle car across the desert with the police in hot pursuit. "It was about speed" in both the drug and automotive senses, his son Deran Serafian said. "About what it really meant."
Tuesday 10 September 2013
The shoes of the season are strictly sensible – and mercifully comfortable, says Naomi Attwood
Thursday 05 September 2013
This season, Lee Holmes urges men to take the plunge and think pink – it’s never been just for girls
Thursday 04 April 2013
The first memory which might be stirred by this complicated but ultimately gripping psychothriller about truth and perspective from rising star Rob Drummond is a faded one of evenings watching garishly designed quiz shows on a four-channel television in the 1980s.
Sunday 10 February 2013
Thursday's worldwide event is to be a 'feminist tsunami' against violence
Friday 05 October 2012
As armies of pundits and fact-checkers inspected every phrase and shrug of Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama in Wednesday's debate, we got this message from a high-level foreign affairs specialist:
Friday 22 June 2012
Paul McCartney and Penélope Cruz among celebrity backers. By Michael McCarthy
Thursday 26 April 2012
Robert Redford says PM has underestimated public appetite for innovative film-making
Friday 24 February 2012
From Chaplin to Selleck, film stars have been festooned with fuzz. Not now. Daniel Bettridge mourns the demise of the mo
Monday 16 January 2012
An award-winning London comedian heads a strong contingent of UK talent out to make their mark at the Sundance Film Festival this week.
Friday 23 December 2011
Stephen Weeks has had a ring-side seat for the procession of Czechs mourning the loss of their national hero this week. Here, the author explains what Havel meant to his country – and laments the politicians who have squandered his glorious legacy
Tuesday 16 August 2011
Butch Cassidy, the Wild West bandit and leader of the Wild Bunch gang, did not die in a shootout 1908 in Bolivia as popularly believed but survived and lived the rest of his days in Washington state, according to a book collector and a writer.
Saturday 09 July 2011
Saturday 23 April 2011
Sunday 30 January 2011
Hollywood A-listers love to trumpet their green credentials. Guy Adams reports on a film-maker who's out to expose them
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
- 2 Rachel Canning: US teenager returns home after she tried to sue her parents for child support
- 3 Girl found in the Amazon rainforest with neighbour Grover Morales after going missing for 7 months
- 4 Rampaging elephant smashes up house but then 'saves crying baby trapped under debris'
- 5 Disney's Frozen is 'very evil' gay propaganda, says Christian pastor