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The Sound Of Music

MOVIE CLASSICS

Set in 1938 and based on The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp, The Sound Of Music is almost three hours long and packed with songs, but is it universally enjoyable? More…

IN FOCUS

In Focus

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The Haunting
The Haunting

In this latest Deconstructing Cinema, we zoom in for a close-up of that chilling scene from Robert Wise’s 1963 film, The Haunting, where Eleanor asks “Whose hand was I holding?” More…

The Day The Earth Stood Still
The Day The Earth Stood Still

In Robert Wise’s classic science fiction tale, an alien arrives on Earth with his giant robot to give humanity a stern warning about the path it’s dangerously treading. More…

21st CENTURY CINEMA

The Host
The Host

Intelligent and entertaining, The Host forces us to ask questions about what makes us who we are and it’s no wonder Niccol chose to direct it, as he’s dealt with these themes several times before. More…

THE EMPORIUM

The Lion In Winter
The Lion In Winter

Peter O’Toole’s wonderful performance as the long in the tooth monarch with a whole family plotting to be rid of him is a magnificent testament to the actor’s abilities. More…

CINEMA REVIEWS

Dallas Buyers Club
Dallas Buyers Club

In 1985 Ron Woodroof was diagnosed with AIDS and just 30 days to live. He smuggled unapproved pharmaceutical drugs and found more effective at improving his symptoms. More…

Blu-ray & DVD

Gravity
Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón’s science fiction adventure featuring two surviving astronauts from a damaged Space Shuttle is a very human and ultimately touching story. More…

DOCUMENTARIES

The Age Of Stupid
The Age Of Stupid

Six stories combine to create a documentary set in the future and looking back on our present time, when we still had the chance to do something to save our planet. More…

TELEVISION SERIES

Dynasty, Season 1
Dynasty, Season 1

As the show that introduced us to the warring Carringtons and Colbys, Dynasty arrived in 1981 with a level of style and decadence that would make shows today pale by comparison. More…

WORLD CINEMA

Plein Soleil
Plein Soleil

Based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1955 novel The Talented Mr. Ripley and starring Alain Delon, Plein Soleil is a film with a central character that we shouldn’t easily identify with, and yet I did. More…

MOVIE CLASSICS

Below Zero
Below Zero

Starring Laurel and Hardy, this was the first film to use background music and features the duo in many of their trademark shenanigans that audiences have come to love. More…

CULT MOVIES

Millennium
Millennium

Based on John Varley’s 1977 short story Air Raid, Millennium opens with the crash of a Boeing 747 and its ensuing investigation, but could it have involved time travel and visitors from the future? More…

EARLY CINEMA

Sunrise: A Story Of Two Humans
Sunrise: A Story Of Two Humans

Adapted by Carl Mayer from the short story Die Reise nach Tilsit, F. W. Murnau’s Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans is nothing short of a triumph in the realm of early cinema. More…

JAPANESE CINEMA

In The Realm Of The Senses
In The Realm Of The Senses

Is Nagisa Oshima’s controversial 1975 classic In the Realm of the Senses thought provoking pornography or beautifully filmed sadomasochistic art? You decide. More…

SOUNDTRACKS

Samsara
Samsara

Michael Stearns, Lisa Gerrard and Marcello De Francisci’s score for Ron Fricke’s Samsara yields some wonderful surprises, despite quite a few omissions from the film. More…

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