The Early Films of David Gordon Green

HEARTBREAK ON THE EDGE OF TOWN Prior to the narrative missteps of stagnant stoner comedies, medieval make-believe and midnight child-minding misadventure, director David Gordon Green carefully crafted graceful, heartfelt and deeply moving cinema. The young filmmaker’s insular stories shadowed unremarkable individuals through rural small town communities, observing their relationships with one another, allowing seemingly mundane […]

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Léon 20th Anniversary Edition Review: Conscience Killer

THE PROFESSIONAL Starring Jean Reno and Natalie Portman in her film debut, Léon tells the tale of the titular Hitman and his unlikely personal and professional relationship with eleven-year-old Mathilda. After Mathilda’s dysfunctional drug-running family are murdered by corrupt DEA agent Norman Stansfield (Gary Oldman), the orphan finds refuge in her mysterious neighbour. Upon discovering […]

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The Coen Brothers: A Road Trip of Influence

THEIR DARK (SOURCE) MATERIALS Today Joel and Ethan Coen proudly stand as a prolific and influential presence upon the landscape of contemporary American cinema. For over two decades the Minnesota born siblings have crafted their own mischievously iconic brand of dark fairy tales; dripping in blood, devilish humour and gothic Americana. Their films span environments […]

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Rush Review: Road Warriors

WHAT A RUSH Rebels, lunatics, dreamers; the three words Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) chooses to describe himself, and his fellow Formula One drivers, within the opening monologue of Rush. Beginning its true-to-life narrative upon the fateful day of the 1976 German Grand Prix, a race in which Lauda was severely injured and permanently disfigured, the […]

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The Great Beauty Review: A Grand Awakening

CINEMA BELLISSIMO Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) recounts the tale of Jep Gambardella, a sixty-five-year-old journalist whose sole yet highly successful novel has afforded him a dazzling lifestyle amidst the decadent lives of Rome’s upper-class bourgeois. Despite focusing upon a singular protagonist in Jep, and his journey through the opulent yet increasingly […]

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