Archive | January, 2012

The Thing (1982)

23 Jan

Maybe we’re at war with Norway?

The Battle of Algiers (1966)

22 Jan

It’s hard to start a revolution. Even harder to continue it. And hardest of all to win it…

London Film Critics’ Circle awards nail it: Almost

20 Jan

The Artist cemented itself as the Oscar frontrunner at last night’s London Critics’ Circle awards, picking up prizes for film of the year, best director for Michael Hazanavicus and best actor for Jean Dujardin.

It continues the run of awards success that the silent film has enjoyed in recent weeks, having scooped three Golden Globes last weekend.  Its only apparent competition for Academy glory, the Alexander Payne film The Descendants, which also scored three globes, drew a telling blank.

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Gomorrah (2008)

20 Jan

I’m the best. I’m number one! The world is ours!

Sin City (2005)

19 Jan

Care for a smoke?

Girl Model (2012)

19 Jan

Working for the Skin-Deep Trade

The dichotomous nature of the modelling industry is brutally exposed by documentarian duo David Redmon and Ashley Sabin in this stark expose of the realities of the business.  It’s a bleak and damning indictment of a trade that shatters any glamorous or aspirational illusions that may have still surrounded it, instead revealing it to be as sordid as many might have suspected.

Redmon and Sabin’s focus rests on the unsettling underbelly of the market that exists between Russia and Japan.  A casting call in deepest Siberia has incredibly young girls in their hundreds lined up and ushered around like livestock to be inspected, photographed and approved for effective export to the apparently lucrative Japanese market, which has very specific requirements for very fresh faces.

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The City of Lost Children (1995)

18 Jan

When you’re born in the gutter you end up in the port.

What’s wrong with BAFTA?

18 Jan

With the nauseatingly inevitable damp squib that was The Golden Globes boring us all to tears over the weekend, the awards season is most definitely now in full swing.

This week though marks  the turn of the Brits to have their say, or to at least announce their nomination shortlists as both BAFTA and the Evening Standard did yesterday.

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West Side Story (1961)

17 Jan

Everywhere grime in America / Organised crime in America / Terrible time in America

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

16 Jan

Coffee's for closers only...