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The Deep – Baltasar Kormákur

Some films don’t need to say a lot. They rely on image and close-up to determine the emotional turmoil of a character, or set of characters. Where Helen of Troy’s presence would launch a thousand ships, the washboard of an actor’s face has the potential to project a thousand words. Such is the case with…

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Close-Up – Abbas Kiarostami

There have been a veritable few characters in the medium of film who have simultaneously fashioned themselves in undeniably important manners and surpassed even the significance of the films in which they are bound. Perhaps the most obvious example is Charles Foster Kane, a character who managed to blur the boundaries of their own imaginings…

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M – Fritz Lang

Ranking amongst the greatest of films ever made, Lang uses M as a means to explore the very state in which he resided for the majority of his early film-making career. Amidst swirling and mysterious shadows, the reflective nature of a glass pane and the oneiric, ethereal, brooding atmosphere lies something of the utmost importance:…

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Through the Olive Trees – Abbas Kiarostami

Poetic at its very core, Kiarostami once again manages to convey the distinctions between fiction and reality. In fact, he goes much further this time creating what can only be described as a faux-documentary about a faux-documentary, thus sealing forever his ambitious will to raise and provoke the questions and discussions he ultimately deems most…

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Inglorious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino

To understand Inglorious Basterds you must first understand the tendencies of the director, Quentin Tarantino. This is not a film based in reality, more an exaggerated what-if example of a historical event, that whilst using ideas of the past contains a modern energy full of vibrant colour and, as seems customary with Tarantino, gore. There is a scene that I like…

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The Tree of Life – Terrence Malick

A child sits patiently, waiting, his eyes brimming with hope and expectation. He has yet to experience pain and suffering, naive in his contemplation for that constant positivity. The child cries, his father’s hand still emotionally imprinted on his left cheek. As he weeps he starts to hurt, his one single idol self-combusting after the…

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The Wonder of Andrei Tarkovsky

In The Sacrifice, a boy listens intently to his father as he waters a dry tree, something that he has been doing every day for years. The father tells the child the story of a monk who watered a similar tree for years until it flourished. The boy, unable to speak due to a throat operation,…