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Top 10 of 2014
Today marks the third anniversary of At The Back and as is
now tradition, it’s time for my Top 10 films of the last year. As always I
choose this date in late January to try and include as many of the year’s
awards frontrunners as I can but with UK release ...

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Blogathon: 6 Degrees of Separation
It's been some time since I wrote anything film related but a tweet overnight from Shane at Film Actually invited me to participate in a blogathon started by Myfilmviews called 6 Degrees of Separation. The rules are simple. Each participant must connect one...

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Safety Last!
Anyone who knows me or has
regularly perused my blog will be well aware that I’m a huge fan of the silent
comedy from the 1910s to 1930s. Of course this isn’t entirely true though. My love and
knowledge only extends as far as the two behemoths of the era, t...

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The Two Faces of January
The Two Faces of January is an interesting little film written and
directed by Hossein Amini, a man best known for penning the script of Drive . Here Amini delivers another
taught script set in early 1960s Greece. American tour guide and
part time swindler ...

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Sixty years after his debut
screen appearance, Godzilla is back on our screens in his second American
guise. For anyone who remembers the 1998 Roland Emmerich version, this news may
legitimately cause trepidation. My interest in the picture came about when ...

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To Catch a Thief
A beautiful if underwhelming
film, Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief marked the director’s third and final picture starring Grace Kelly. Joining the
actress is another actor in his third Hitchcock movie, Carey Grant. Grant plays
John Robie, a once jewel t...

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Stand Up Guys
Stand Up Guys is a film that doesn’t know what it wants to be.
Stuck somewhere between a geriatric sub Apatow production and 70s crime drama,
it’s lost perilously at sea with a precious cargo of acting royalty desperately
trying to steer around an iceberg. ...

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At The Back At The Tribeca Film Festival
Late last month, a scheduled trip
to New York
happened to coincide with The Tribeca Film Festival. When I discovered this a
couple of weeks before crossing the Atlantic, I immediately looked into the
possibility of going to see some films and was fortunate ...

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Based on a 1929 novel and
inspired by real events, 1932’s Scarface was one of a series of pre-code gangster pictures which shocked and enthralled
its viewers. Opening with a written disclaimer, damming the government for
their lack of action regarding the t...

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Out of the Past
1947’s Out of the Past is widely considered to be one of the greatest
examples of 1940s film noir. Set around a convoluted plot, the film twists and
turns through double, triple and quadruple crosses, landing surprise blows on
its dumbstruck and occasionall...
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