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Christopher Fowler
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A maid leans out of an upstairs window, calling to the lady of the house, who is in the garden clipping roses. MAID: Oh Ma'am! I've swallowed a safety pin! LADY OF THE HOUSE: Oh so that's where all my safety pins go. A Victorian cartoon illustrating very British humour. We don't do sentiment but we love a bit of effortless cruelty, which is why we struggle with the Millennial mindset (although I…
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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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As a long-term member of the British Film Academy I applaud its rigorous voting system, which I think works fairly for everyone, but it doesn't mean that I always agree with the members' choice. I'm staggered that the distinctly average 'Bridge of Spies' comes out top of this year's nominations, just as I'm shocked by the absence of 'White God', surprised by the low presence of 'Steve Jobs' and…
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Of all the movies I saw in 2015, one stayed with me more than any other. 'White God' is only the second Hungarian film I can recall seeing (the other was the brilliant 'Kontroll'). It's by Kornell Mundruczo and is an utterly unclassifiable one-off experience. Not only can I not explain how he got so many layers of meaning into one thriller, I can't even see how on earth it was made. The press…
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