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REVIEW: Bicycle Thieves (1948)

In an era of incredible CGI and special effects, a simple black and white film in old style celluloid stock would hardly pass muster. But that is the wonder of the classics – from the surreal to the overtly overdone, the classics cannot be ignored….

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REVIEW: Son of Saul (2016)

‘Son Of Saul’ is the first film to get the JumpCut UK World Cinema Club seal of approval. A frontrunner for the Oscar for Foreign Language Feature Film, ‘Son Of Saul’ premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2015, landed in US theatres in…

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REVIEW: Brooklyn (2015)

‘Brooklyn’ is a melodrama – a proper old fashioned melodrama, part of a drama sub-genre. The last proper melodrama that I saw was ‘Far from Heaven’ (2002), starring Julianne Moore, a visually stunning film with an overt nod to the master of melodrama himself –…

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REVIEW: Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz This is one of the most successful foreign-language films ever made. Yet on its release in Italy, it practically disappeared overnight and was a box-office flop. Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes and also an Oscar in the foreign language…

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REVIEW: Die Hard (1988)

Written by Wan Tyskiewicz It’s not Christmas time in our house until we’ve watched the first three ‘Die Hard’ films back to back. The DVDs come out of the cupboard at the end of November and if it’s a busy week then they might get watched…

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REVIEW: The Age Of Adaline (2015)

Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz This film is one of a kind. Preposterous in its fantasy elements but held together with sound acting skills from Blake Lively, and a surprise performance from Harrison Ford, and at the end of the day this is a fantasy and a…

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REVIEW: Festen (1998)

Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz Let me start by saying – this film is absolutely outrageous. If you need a film this Christmas that ensures the family pack up early and leave, this is your film. Warning: you may never see your relatives again. ‘Festen’ is…

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REVIEW: The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz This is, without question, one of the best war films that has ever been made. It’s a film which also features in my all-time top five. It’s not a feature film and it’s not a documentary; it’s a docu-drama, commissioned by…

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REVIEW: Mirror (1975)

Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz This is my favourite film, and has been for more than 25 years. Rotten Tomatoes award this respected piece of art 100%. So it must be good, right? Well… if you haven’t watched or studied the classics and you’ve spent your…

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REVIEW: Mr Holmes (2015)

Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz If I had to pick one word that describes ‘Mr Holmes’ it would be “charming”. The story, the rhythm, the characters – this film was a sublime experience. I made a conscious decision not to read up on the film beforehand,…

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REVIEW: Sin City (2005)

Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz The UK release of ‘Sin City’ caused quite a stir in 2005. Visually and stylistically ground-breaking, ‘Sin City’ brought Frank Miller’s work to life, making it jump off the screen and grab the audience by the throat. Incredibly violent and utterly…

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REVIEW: Maggie (2015)

WRITTEN BY WAN TYSZKIEWICZ I wanted this film to be good. I watched the trailer months ago and I had high expectations. But did you know that the film company that produces a film is rarely responsible for putting together the trailer? Specialist film companies,…

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REVIEW: Magic Mike XXL (2015)

Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz My plan was to write a review for the first ‘Magic Mike’ film and then give my verdict on ‘Magic Mike XXL’. But there was very little that I could say about the first film apart from the obvious; hot guys,…