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Christopher Fowler
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Surprise at the unexpected is one of the most delightful things I can think of. I remember watching children's faces when they peered into a room at the British Museum and saw Anthony Gormley's installation featuring hundreds of little clay people looking back at them. For a moment they felt like gods. The delight of children is surprise in its purest form, but as adults we become harder to trick…
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Christopher Fowler
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'An exit of film critics'? 'A pretence of film critics'? 'A sneer of film critics'? Judging by the latest poll of the best 100 films of the 21st century according to 177 film critics it should probably be 'a wankfest of film critics'. Film polls are notoriously subjective, of course, but dear God in Heaven, what a dismal collection this turns out to be. As someone who has (shamefully) seen every…
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Christopher Fowler
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If there was ever a film that revealed the growing gap between an increasingly isolated, risk-averse and irrelevant Hollywood and the rest of the world, it's 'Victoria'. Sebastian Schipper's real-time movie is a total triumph, but you wouldn't think so to read some of the reviews. The plot is simplicity itself. A young Spanish girl (an astonishing performance from Laia Costa) working in a Berlin…
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