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| TRAILER TUESDAY | The Square (Sweden, 2017)

A Swedish satirical drama in which everyone's lives is thrown into crisis, when an art installation known as "The Square" is introduced. Winner of this year's Palme d'Or at Cannes, the film is directed by Ruben Östlund and stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West. In theaters October 27th. 

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-MOVIE OF THE WEEK- Wuthering Heights (2011)

The widely acclaimed classic literary work of Emily Brontë, saw multiple adaptations in many different forms throughout the years. Especially both on small and big screens. However, it is in my humble opinion that the definitive adaptation comes from Andrea Arnold's and her 2011 film with the same title. Her version of Wuthering Heights, of course has some changes made so that it is more culturally relevant, which in the end enhances the expirience What really sets it apart from the other iterations, is her abuility to create a fully living, breathing and tangible world of the 19th century South England. You can feel the strong winds blowing up and down the hills. Touch the crusty old paint that is falling off the wall. Sense the heat coming from the crackling fireplace. Andrea Arnold transports the audience to the world both she and Emily Brontë has created to tell the story of love and hardship. 

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| TRAILER TUESDAY | mother! (USA, 2017)

Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the plot follows a young newly married housewife (Jennifer Lawrence), whose tranquil life with her husband (Javier Bardem) at their country home is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious couple. Major worldwide release is scheduled for September 15h. 

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-MOVIE OF THE WEEK- Le Samouraï (1967)

One thing Jean-Pierre Melville knew very well was how to create tension and suspense through character and not action. He knew very well that action would do nothing but release that feeling of tension, betraying the effect of keeping the audience on edge. Thus, he would just build up the momentum for a dramatic effect.  He does exactly that with this film. Le Samouraï is a masterclass in visual style and minimalistic storytelling. The ever so charming looks of Alain Delon and his stoic, cold and deadpan performance just screams with coolness. The strongest accomplishment with this picture is that, Jean-Pierre Melville showcase his confidence in the material. Without a doubt, a piece of art, that still to this day inspires many. 

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-MOVIE OF THE WEEK- Tokyo Drifter (1966)

 Seijun Suzuki created something so ahead of its time in Japanese cinema, it was widely ignore and disregarded upon its release. However, like any other great film, it stands the test of time. A movie that just oozes with style. A sense of oomph that is missing in many pictures of today. However, it is not all about the style. It has a lot to say about the culture of the Yakuza's, family, loyalty and the colourful people of Japan. A must watch!  

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-MOVIE OF THE WEEK- Blow-Up (1966)

Michelangelo Antonioni gave us many films to admire and cherish, films that are considered modern cinema classics. This is all true for his stylish London set film, Blow-Up. A movie designed like a puzzle, you feel like with each viewing you learn something more. Answers to your philosophical questions. But film critic Roger Ebert summarized it best, "What remains is a hypnotic conjuring act, in which a character is awakened briefly from a deep sleep of bored alienation and then drifts away again. This is the arc of the film. Not 'Swinging London.' Not existential mystery. Not the parallels between what Hemmings does with his photos and what Antonioni does with Hemmings. But simply the observations that we are happy when we are doing what we do well, and unhappy seeking pleasure elsewhere. I imagine Antonioni was happy when he was making this film."

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| TRAILER TUESDAY | Beach Rats (USA, 2017)

A Brooklyn teenager struggling with his self-identity, spirals into trouble as he suffers from the consequences of his actions. Directed by Eliza Hittman and starring newcomer Harris Dickinson. Slatted for a limited release in the US, 25th of August

 

 

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-MOVIE OF THE WEEK- Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

There are people who come to this world and leave behind them a long-lasting legacy. A legacy that will admired by many from all around the world. Connecting people through their craft and accomplishments.  Nirvana's frontman, Kurt Cobain did exactly that. The documentary directed by Brett Morgen, preserves the legacy of the rock icon. But instead of glamorizing his lifestyle, it turns it upside down into an intimate look at a tormented teenager, a striving artist, passionate husband and a loving father. To the point that it feels not like a documentary but a confessional piece through Cobain's own audiotapes, personal diary notes and home videos.

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| TRAILER TUESDAY | A Ghost Story (USA, 2017)

A small intimate tale about the passage of time and the legacy you leave behind. Both poetic and heartbreaking at how life just keeps moving on. Directed by David Lowery, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. Currently enjoying a limited release in North America and the U.K.

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-MOVIE OF THE WEEK- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

Where is the line drawn between trying to impersonate the man you admire, or to become that person? Recreate the legacy of the man you love, or to carve your own legacy by killing him? Andrew Dominik expertly crafts this world, it almost feels tangible. The world is filled with these legends and myths. However, the reality always will be that, all these things look grander than what meets the eye. You are sucked into this period of time, when the daily living was a threat to your own survival. Even though, all of it is masterfully crafted in front of Roger Deaken's lenses, you do believe in this world. It is not as much about the machismo and the daily life of the outlaws but rather a melancholic reflection on destiny and regret.

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| TRAILER TUESDAY | Good Time (USA, 2017)

Trying something new here. Every Friday, I look back at movies of the past that are worth examining and experiencing. With Tuesday, I look forward with what is to come. Sharing mostly smaller films, as larger films get the wider attention they require. Occasionally, it could be trailers from the past, because who doesn't appreciate a well made trailer. It is an art form afterall. 

First trailer is from GOOD TIME. Directed by the Safdie brothers and starring Robert Pattinson. A gritty New York tale of two brothers, as one of them embarks on a dangerous journey to save the other. The official US release is slated for August 11th, 2017.

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-MOVIE OF THE WEEK- Paris, Texas (1984)

With the recent passing of Sam Shepard at the age of 73, he left this earth with an amazing body of work that should be revisited by many for years to come. As much he was known for his acting, he was an acclaimed Pullitzer Prize winning playwright. In fact one such amazing piece of work of his, is the personal favourite of mine, Paris, Texas. With his impeccable writing and Wim Wender's European outlook into the deep Americana, you are trapped in this world filled with raw emotions. Right from the first frame, you are in for an unforgettable journey. 

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-MOVIE OF THE WEEK- Casting JonBenet (2017)

This is the first film of 2017 to be included in my recommendations of movies to watch. With half-way of the year being complete, there are many great films to recommend, from large epics to small independent pictures. However, the one that really caught my attention earlier this year was a documentary about the murder of a beauty pageant, JonBenét Patricia Ramsey. Directed by Kitty Green, it breaks the conventional documentary formula about a murder mystery. Instead it focuses on actors being auditioned for the roles of the fictional film (which is stylized like a David Fincher's picture). The actors in the process, are interviewed about their opinions about the case, how they feel about certain people and their theories as to what might have occurred. Some might find this unfulfilling as it doesn't offer much answers to the burning questions and others might find it exploitative due to its nature. However, I believe Kitty Green expertly avoids all the minefields to create something that is riveting, compelling and emotional. 

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-MOVIE OF THE WEEK- Sexy Beast (2000)

A directorial debut from the visionary music-video director, Jonathan Glazer, it exhibited his talent and understanding in feature length storytelling. One of the flashiest and rich with pizzazz modern British gangster flick's. Featuring an unforgettable foul-mouthed performance from Ben Kingsley. Takes the cliche genre to its heart and turns it to something more exciting. A knock-out start for the illustrious filmmaker, whom would go on to create unique, original and amazing films 

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-MOVIE OF THE WEEK- Nocturnal Animals (2016)

After showcasing his knack for cinematic storytelling with his debut, A Single Man (2009), Tom Ford establishes with his sophomore film. Nocturnal Animals, that he is also a filmmaker to watch. An underappreciated film of 2016, it is a lavishly designed Hitchcokian neo-noir thriller. From all across the board, the design of this film is painstakingly visual with beauty and detail. With the slick cinematography of Seamus McGarvey or the unforgettable score from Abel Korzeniowski. The costumes, the set designs and the top-tier performances from all the actors, especially Michael Shannon whom establishes his authority throughout the picture, is pure cinema at its best. It is a movie that still lingers in memory many months later, questioning each character's moral decisions. Making you think, what would do in this situation? How would you survive in the world that Tom Ford has built?

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-MOVIE OF THE WEEK- Falling Down (1993)

Continuing last week's middle-class dramedy theme, Falling Down is completely a different kind of film compared to A Serious Man. Certainly a controversial film, especially during its time of release. However, it still holds up perfectly today. A confident direction from Joel Schumacher. A Hypnotic and mesmerizing central performance from Michael Douglas. In fact, it is one of his best performance to date. Just the way Die Hard and Terminator 2 are considered as classics of the 80s and 90s, this is how I feel towards this movie. A timeless picture.

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-MOVIE OF THE WEEK- A Serious Man (2009)

This is the Coen Brothers operating at their most personal. It is one of those rare movies that the more you watch the more it gives you to chew on. It may be that there are many hidden layers expertly crafted into this picture. However, I believe it is more to do with you than the work of art itself. As you grow as a person, you start to see things in a different way. Just like the artist, you evolve and change. You feel different emotions. You are impacted by different things. Despite the comedic nature of this picture, there lies a dark truth about faith, family and your belonging in this world. Us questioning everything around us. And it is not always that we get the answers we seek.

Also it has one hell of a killer soundtrack!

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-MOVIE OF THE WEEK- Junun (2015)

This is Paul Thomas Anderson's first foray into documentary film-making. It may not be as flashy or groundbreaking as his feature films but nonetheless an interesting evolution of an artist. Exploring the making of an album in India with Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and several other musicians, it is a celebration of music and culture. It may be minimalist in style but there is this trance-like energy that is inescapable to be charmed with. What makes this picture special is that you can see the passion and love from all involved in creating music and in the end that is what matters the most. 

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