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Christopher Fowler
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How much control could AI have over us? Far from setting us free, what if the effects were an increased sense of isolation? Big questions not to be answered in a rom-com, and yet here one is. In 'I'm Your Man', Alma (Maren Eggert) is a cuneiform expert who agrees to get project funding by living for three weeks with Tom, a humanoid robot (Dan Stevens). He's designed to learn from her, altering his…
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Terence Davies is one of arthouse-lovers' more demanding directors, from 'The House of Mirth' and 'The Deep Blue Sea', films in which literary forms are thrillingly re-interpreted, to 'The Long Day Closes', with its infamous minutes-long close-up of a piece of carpet (strangely moving). His films are restrained and nuanced. These days he struggles to find an audience. But Davies has the ability to…
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With the British and US Academy Awards approaching, we're awash with screenings. It's a strange year as many movies had to be made during the lockdown in extremely trying circumstances. In a way it was easier for independents to film and just as importantly, to find the space to be seen. It's unsurprising that nearly all of the Oscar hopefuls are coming from Amazon or Netflix. The old Hollywood…
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Last film under discussion this week... Both Gawain (which is here pronounced Ga -warn) and the Green Knight are Knights of the Round Table. 'The Green Knight' is the latest retelling of one of Britain's oldest tales. There's only one copy of it in the world, in the British Library, right around the corner from me, and I've never seen it. We all brushed against it at school because teachers loved…
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I found another review written under the one I posted; a side effect of having a partially working brain, I suspect. I must have knocked it out in the dead of night and forgotten about it, so I include it here as passing interest. Here's how you write a film script: Get commissioned. Have everyone tell you your first draft is a work of brilliant genius but we can fix it. Script becomes…
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You feel treated by the whole enterprise. October sees the start of the season for those interested in the arts (and if you're not, what are you doing here?). BAFTA begins its screening schedule, art exhibitions and new plays all appear after the summer doldrums and apparently the opera season roughly corresponds to the football, so there's something for everyone. What Pete and I need is a night…
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Christopher Fowler
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Oh, for fuck's sake. I admit I get a bit minty occasionally, especially when I think about upcoming scans, which usually reveal C cells creeping over yet more internal organs like London mildew. But yesterday I was in hospital (lovely intubation, ladies, I've not a mark showing on me today) and read close to a hundred comments under my last post, especially noting the ones from people who said…
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He's the IP that never needs fresh blood. His fans still lap him up. What's the appeal? The thirst for new material from the old Hammer Films studio is extraordinary, and an entire industry built up around this esoteric corner of the entertainment industry. The above volumes have been republished with new sections bringing the Hammer story up to date. The company was founded in the 1930s and found…
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Christopher Fowler
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We got to five on this site last time around: I reviewed very obscure films to the complete disinterest of my readership. Here was I eager to discuss bonkers storylines with anyone who'd listen and you lot were like middle-class housewives at a book club; two minutes of interest followed by a heated discussion about the difficulty of finding a decent gardener. So I thought I'd try again, but go…
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Mario Bava's 'Blood and Black Lace' was not the first Giallo, but in it all of the right elements and perfectly aligned. Murders of beautiful women in a gothic fashion house by a killer in black leather gloves. Sadistic deaths, lighting more Grand Guignol than Giallo. This was cinema of the senses, more decadent and lurid than anything seen before - or since. Of course it hinged on the simple…
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