Film

Ketchup and Smokestacks

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Review of "Tokyo Story", director Yasujiro Ozu

The establishment of the DVD format as a replacement for video means we are gradually seeing more classic films released, and not just the usual Hollywood blockbusters. To celebrate the centenary of the birth of Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu, Tartan has released his most famous film, Tokyo Story, coinciding with its theatrical re-release.

You Weren't Really There

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Review of the 1968 season, National Film Theatre, London

The National Film Theatre's 1968 season continues through December, with an eclectic programme of screenings from the late 1960s. The feverish political climate and the increased opportunities for directorial independence helped create the conditions for some brilliant cinema. Even the least interesting, most obvious choices are still worth seeing on the big screen - Antonioni's visually sumptuous but pretentious Zabriskie Point (which includes a slo-mo shot of a house being blown up to the sound of Pink Floyd), and the overrated drug hippy biker odyssey Easy Rider.

The Revolution Will Not be Digitised

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Review of 'Matrix Revolutions', directors Larry and Andy Wachowski

After watching the final instalment of the Matrix franchise (called Revolutions) it is difficult not to conclude that the writers and directors, the Wachowski brothers, should never have succumbed to the commercial pressures to produce two sequels. Compared to most of the expensive rubbish that Hollywood churns out, this is still a superior science fiction movie. However, the problem for both of the sequels is that startling action sequences and dazzling special effects are not enough to make a good film.

Beyond the Boundary

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Review of 'Noi the Albino', director Dagur Kari

Set in the remote fjord regions of northern Iceland, Noi the Albino is a quirky, poignant tale that blends comedy and an impending sense of tragedy. It tells the story of Noi (Tomas Lemarquis), an intelligent 17 year old who is frustrated and bored with life in his hometown, which is cut off from the outside world by a white wall of mountains and impenetrable snow. The town, with no more than 100 residents, is far from affluent, with few opportunities for work and even fewer options for entertainment.

Crouching Tarantino Hidden Dialogue

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Review of 'Kill Bill: Vol 1', director Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino has established himself as one of the world's leading film-makers, largely through the original and imaginative reworking of the cinematic genres which have most heavily influenced him. Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction reinvented the American mafia movie. Jackie Brown was a new take on the Blaxploitation pictures of the 1960s and 1970s.

Outlaw Nation

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Review of ’Ned Kelly‘, director Gregor Jordan

Australia at the tail-end of the 19th century was a hard and brutal place. The transportation of convicts had only ended in 1868. The ’freed men‘ - the failed prospectors, the poor - scratched a living of sorts on ’selections‘.

Morgan's Not a Free Man

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Review of ’Cypher‘, director Vincenzo Natali

’I‘m not meant to live in the suburbs!‘ cries Morgan Sullivan during one of several identity crises in the sci-fi tinged thriller Cypher. His exasperation at his continuing normality is the deadpan humorous base on which director Vincenzo Natali builds an engaging, hyper real story of industrial espionage.

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