Martha Julier

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Under the Influence

How High (2001) Sometimes you can’t beat indulging in some straight up ridiculousness. How High is off the chart in terms of its unashamed silliness and completely ludicrous plot. What better way to entertain a baked, hazy mind than to get lost in an hour and a half of two underachieving stoners (played by Method…

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Decades of Film: 1970s

NEW WAVE, NEW YOU The 1970s was a revolutionary decade for cinema. It not only produced many great films (a lot of beloved Hipster classics), and directors (Coppola, Scorsese, Altman) and actors (De Niro, Pacino) of today but it also shaped filmic conventions. By the end of the 60s Hollywood was disintegrating, 1950s conformist values…

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Review: Leviathan

Director Andrey Zvyagintsev Writers Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev Starring Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Elena Lyadova, Roman Madyanov Runtime 141 mins Drama   Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan, like its titular sea creature, has entered onto the cinematic scene, creating seismic waves of critical attention. At Cannes, the film picked up a nomination for the Palm d’Or, while Zvyagintsev and…

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Review: The Drop

Director Michaël R. Roskam Writer Dennis Lehane Starring Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace Runtime 106 mins Thriller Adapted from his own short story Animal Rescue, Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Shutter Island, Gone Baby Gone) trades in his usual haunt of the Boston projects for Brooklyn’s criminal underground ‘drop’ bars. Tom Hardy stars as Bob…

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Scenes of a Sexual Nature

Two of our writers venture into the depths of their wank banks and select their top sex scenes. For your eyes only. Top Gun (1982) Perhaps more famous for its incredible aerial cinematography, military propaganda and homo-erotic subtext, Top Gun made its impression on many teenage minds with the love scene between Tom Cruise and…

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Review: Love, Rosie

Adapted from Cecelia Ahern’s novel, Love, Rosie treads a similar path as the author’s first hit P.S I Love You. The story follows two childhood best friends whose ‘love feelings’ start to develop around Rosie’s 18th birthday, but due to a drunken kiss, forgetfulness and the fact it’s a romantic comedy (drama?), a chain of…

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REVIEW: Maps to the Stars

Much like its subject, Maps to the Stars is confusingly contradictory. As Cronenberg’s first project to be filmed in the U.S., it is an invasively close-to-home criticism of Hollywood that, while deeply satirical, is disturbingly real. The film’s plot echoes Sunset Boulevard as an ageing actress Havana (Moore) tries to obtain the role of her…

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Feminism in Film: Inspirational Women in Film

Megan Ellison Since founding the Annapurna Pictures production company in 2011, Megan Ellison (top right) has become one of the biggest producing names in Hollywood. The daughter of a billionaire, she decided to invest in film-making after studying the craft herself. Through Annapurna she aims to support highly respected directors and writers, including the likes…

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