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Timing is Everything

For all his renowned skill as a cinematographer, his famed use of symbolic colour and his rare ability to tease beautifully understated lead performances from iconic rock stars-turned-thespians, film director Nicolas Roeg is perhaps best known for a counterintuitive, non-linear approach to film editing that plays fast and loose with orthodox notions of narrative time. …

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Mad Men Finale

The long-awaited climax to AMC’s Mad Men (‘Person to Person’) left viewers, thankfully, with more answers than questions, bucking the trend of many modern dramas’ attempts to puzzle an audience into gleeful submission. Was the show all an elaborate coma fantasy while Dick Whitman was in a Korean War-induced purgatory? No. Was Don Draper the …

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Girls

BY GREGG LOPEZ / A look back at the groundbreaking HBO programme. Girls tells the story of four friends in their early twenties as they move into the adult world of dinner parties, careers and, [in season two], breakdowns. The show was created by Lena Dunham, a liberal arts graduate who writes, executive produces directs …

Film Music

Zorn to Secrecy

BY DAVID SHEPPARD / David Sheppard celebrates the film music of American composer John Zorn, a musician who, he suggests, is something of a victim of his own creative eclecticism and unremitting artistic curiosity, his true genius “obscured by the cloud of his own scorching but unclassifiable prodigiousness”. I’m writing this on September 2, 2018, the …

Film Music

The Sound of Wakanda

BY SEAN M. STEADMAN / Marvel’s Black Panther has made iconic history in 2018. As the film’s been playing a pivotal role in representation and equality, it’s important to see all the public appreciation for having such a heroic cast that will inspire so many others. I want to take an objective view and say …

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Primetime Pomp and Circumstance

BY NICOLE PARKS / Her Very Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will regale the peoples of television-viewing dominions with an hour-long fairy tale from her own experience this weekend. A tale complete with flowing ermine, a nerve-wracked stomach jolting along atop gilded carriage axles, a fleet of prancing Windsor Grey ponies, an Abbey of some …

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Not So Silent Night

BY MITCHELL COOPER / Just in time for the Epiphany and the wandering in of those three wise guys, comes the holiday documentary few were expecting, and which the humane side of humanity just might need. The Altnernativity, available in full just below, is the byproduct of the union of black humoured old Banksy and Danny Boyle-ish …

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In the Beginning

BY MITCHELL COOPER / What’d you write your dissertation on? Stephen Hawking’s reply would involve a rightly smug remark about the underpinnings of all existence. Using Einstein’s theory of relativity as a baseline, he proved as a young doctoral candidate that the universe really did have a concrete beginning. And the Big Bang has haunted …

Film Music

Dick Pics

BY GREGG LOPEZ / On Biopics INTERIOR – PRODUCER’S OFFICE – DAY We are in a large, white, sunny LA office, with a spectacular view of the Hollywood sign visible through the picture window. A bearded, baseball-capped director sits forward and gesticulates wildly as he pitches his idea to a movie producer. DIRECTOR So this …

Art Film Music

Alone in the Dark

BY ANNA RADLBECK / Is it fear? We gather experiences which let us doubt the rhythm and unnatural order of things. Should we submit or follow our inner rebellion? Do you want to be part of the system? There are masters and slaves, hunters and hunted, adherents and individualists. It is a cruel world full of …