Tag: drama

FILM ARTICLE: Passion Gap

Elani has grown up in violence. It surrounds her. It inhabits her father and lives on every face in her neighborhood. But Elani has learned a trick: watching people’s hands. If she carefully observes how someone carries a mug or a phone or a bottle, she can spot that subtle difference between holding and wielding.

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FILM REVIEW: Mute

The gunshot rang out through the empty club as silence slowly reclaimed her hold on the room. It was done. Weeks of only catching minutes of sleep, every meal being whatever would fit in one clenched fist but I had done it. The Fenchurch Crime family was no more. Gregory Fenchurch still twitched at my

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FICTION: The Jar By Tuuve Aro

English translation: Tuuve Aro & Donna M. Roberts   It’s inside the storage locker, diagonally above my head, un-opened, in a brown paper bag. I got it just before we left the mainland. On the street corner I stopped and slapped my forehead: “Potatoes! I forgot to buy potatoes!” Linus and Sam went on blabbering.

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FILM REVIEW: Annihilation

Annihilation is the second big screen directorial endeavour from Alex Garland, who made a name for himself initially by writing The Beach, which was closely followed by The Tesseract. He then began working on a number of Hollywood scripts including 28 days later, Sunshine and a personal favourite of mine, Dredd. In 2015 he dipped his directorial toes into the film

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FILM REVIEW: You Were Never Really Here

The filmography of Scottish director Lynne Ramsay would suggest that she has an attraction to dark subject matter. If there is a thread that ties her work together, it’s her sensitivity when dealing with ‘troubled’ characters, an impulse to look past their actions and explore the beneath. She is less concerned with plot and more

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FILM REVIEW: Lucky

Harry Dean Stanton was, undoubtedly, one of the most recognisable and talented character-actors in the history of cinema. Appearing in over 200 films in a career that spanned six decades, Stanton is an unsung hero of the cinematic world. Alien, The Avengers, Twin Peaks etc, he’s made his way into pretty much everything you’ve ever

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FILM REVIEW: The Mercy

I waited a long time for The Mercy. I knew it was being filmed back in 2015 in South Devon, where I grew up, and, as with many from the region, I have been fascinated by the tragic story of Donald Crowhurst for many years.        This is a serious work. It is a serious film

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FICTION: The Dog Walker by Yen Radecki

Melanie turned her back to the balustrade, cupping her phone with one hand to shield it from the glare. It was late summer, and late enough in the day to be cool at last, with the sea breeze kicking sand into the air and leaving a fine spray of salt and damp on the seats

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FICTION: Various Kisses by James O. Heath

1 ‘I would have called his friends, but . . .’ ‘He doesn’t have any’ was almost the response, but instead, Robert kept quiet. He didn’t want to admit that his son had made no friends at college, and, after all, that was the very reason his wife had not finished the sentence. They had

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FILM REVIEW: Ladybird

Let me start by affirming something: I LOVE a good coming-of-age story. I also LOVE well-written dialogue. And complex female characters. And a score by Jon Brion. And, from what I’ve seen of her on-screen persona, Greta Gerwig, always a joy to watch and seemingly impossible to dislike. Another thing: I don’t normally like to

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