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Oscars 2020: A Belated Opinion

This is now old news (well, a week old), but I deliberately held off commenting on this year’s Oscar winners, until I’d seen the final of the nominees in the Best Picture category, Parasite. Having now seen this remarkable film … Continue reading

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Film Review – Parasite

The best advice I can give anyone seeing Parasite is to urge that you know nothing going in beforehand. This is a film best experienced with no foreknowledge or expectations. And boy, is it a superb film; a Best Picture … Continue reading

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The Tangent Tree Series Three – Episode 7: Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey (Time Travel)

In this week’s episode of The Tangent Tree podcast, Samantha Stephen and I talk time travel films. I can’t remember if we mentioned Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (ie the one with the whales that’s basically the best one, … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Lighthouse

Robert Eggers’s unsettling psychological drama/horror The Lighthouse has had a lot of rave reviews. It’s only fair that I burst this bubble a little, as this is absolutely not a film for everyone. Those searching for fright-a-minute jump scares will … Continue reading

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The Tangent Tree Series Three – Episode 6: Will Media Be The Death Of Us?

In this week’s episode of The Tangent Tree podcast, Samantha Stephen and I delve into the debate around violence in film, cause and effect, chicken and egg, and so on. Tangents ensue. And some comparison between Joker and Scorsese classics … Continue reading

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Film Review – Queen and Slim

A young black couple on a first date make a run for the border, after a catastrophic encounter with a violent white traffic cop. This simple chase narrative proves effective in director Melina Matsoukas’s Queen and Slim, which features strong … Continue reading

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Film Review – Richard Jewell

Clint Eastwood’s new film Richard Jewell tells the true story of the eponymous security guard at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, who prevented considerable loss of life when he discovered a bomb in a rucksack (even though the device still went … Continue reading

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The Tangent Tree Series Three – Episode 5: Romance as a Side Dish

“Romance as a Side Dish” is the subject under discussion in this week’s episode of The Tangent Tree. Dive into the banter on Podcast Addict, Spotify, iTunes, and so forth, or just click here.

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Film Review – The Personal History of David Copperfield

The main talking point of Armando Ianucci’s adaptation of David Copperfield seems to be the multi-racial casting, in that it throws down a clear challenge to the (actually often historically inaccurate) all-white casting in many a period drama. However, as … Continue reading

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The Tangent Tree Series Three – Episode 4: War! What is it good for?

The next episode of The Tangent Tree podcast is up! In it, Sam and I discuss war films. From All Quiet on the Western Front to Paths of Glory, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Apocalypse Now, and Saving Private … Continue reading

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