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The Wicker Man

Something Wicker This Way Comes…

October 1, 2013 Comments Off on Something Wicker This Way Comes…

Ahead of a new re-mastered release, Ian Winterton chats paganism, Christopher Lee and Nicolas Cage in a bear-suit with Wicker Man director Robin Hardy.

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Ode to Noir

September 13, 2013 Comments Off on Ode to Noir

Now we’ve seen the back of that unexpectedly decent summer, it’s time for the nights to start drawing in and the heating to go back on. Autumn, as Keats once pointed out, is a season of mists.

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Alpha Papa

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

August 9, 2013 Comments Off on Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

A few minutes in and alongside the fancy credits the ninny from Norwich is belting out Roachford’s Cuddly Toy with passion and sass, while keeping his eye on the road and taking advantage of the instrumental break to warn another driver about his fog lights.

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The World's End

The World’s End

July 29, 2013 Comments Off on The World’s End

I saw that video recently with Dustin Hoffman crying over how Tootsie made him realise that women who aren’t deemed beautiful (by him and thus by everyone) are sometimes more interesting to talk to.

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The Deep

The Deep

July 16, 2013 Comments Off on The Deep

In March 1984, the Hellisey VE 503 fishing trawler capsized off the south coast of Iceland, leaving only one man, ‘Gulli’ Fridthórsson to survive the tragedy.

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A Field in England

A Field in England

July 8, 2013 Comments Off on A Field in England

In his own introduction to the film, director Ben Wheatley describes A Field in England as “pretty fucking mental”. For all the right reasons, that’s exactly what it is.

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Before Midnight at The Cornerhouse, Manchester

June 23, 2013 Comments Off on Before Midnight at The Cornerhouse, Manchester

Just about the closest cinematic parallel to Richard Linklater’s ongoing story of Jesse and Celine, as chronicled at roughly nine-year intervals in Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and now Before Midnight, is the late Francois Truffaut’s wonderful Antoine Doinel series.

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Behind the Candelabra

Behind the Candelabra at Cornerhouse, Manchester

June 9, 2013 Comments Off on Behind the Candelabra at Cornerhouse, Manchester

There’s really no better way to spend a sunny, Sunday afternoon in Manchester in June – in my humble and correct opinion – than in the dark. Not everyone likes the sun, you know.

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I'm So Excited!

The Cornerhouse, Manchester, and I’m So Excited!

May 22, 2013 Comments Off on The Cornerhouse, Manchester, and I’m So Excited!

Fifteen months into living in Manchester and the Cornerhouse is already an old friend.

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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby at The Cornerhouse, Manchester

May 22, 2013 Comments Off on The Great Gatsby at The Cornerhouse, Manchester

The Cornerhouse is a most appropriate setting for the opening of The Great Gatsby. The building, resembling a petite version of the Flatiron in New York, somehow feels like part of a forgotten era, reminiscent of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s comment on high society, with its tumultuous decadence and doomed love affairs.

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