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Ben Swithen
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Wizardhood (2016)
In 2016, Tim Stiefler edited all eight Harry Potter films into one single 78-minute movie. It’s a great work of editing, telling one lean story instead of seven busy ones. This is the tale of Harry versus Voldemort. That’s not to say it’s all Voldemort-cent...

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‘Glanni Glæpur í Latabæ’ (1999)
Glanni is rather more frightening than Robbie Today’s film is actually a filmed-for-DVD play, ‘Glanni Glæpur í Latabæ’ (also known as ‘Robbie Rotten in LazyTown’, although ‘Shiny Crimey in LazyTown’ would be a more literal translation). It’s an Icelandic st...

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One Direction: This Is Us (2013)
One of my lodgers is a big fan of One Direction.  At first, she got into them ironically - this is the age of memes, so this is one of the most comfortable ways to enjoy low-brow art - but when her aunt got her concert tickets, and she went to see them perf...

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Man Alone (2004?)
Today I’d like to comment on an obscure student-film by someone who became famous for something else - ‘Man Alone’ is an ambitious piece of juvenilia directed by Jonathan Higgs, lead singer of British art-pop/electronic-rock band Everything Everything .  If...

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The Valley of Gwangi (1969)
Today's film is a dinosaur Western which really frightened me as a child.   The setting, according to a slide at the start, is 'Somewhere South of the Rio Grande.......... Around the turn of the century'.  I'm not entirely sure where or what the Rio Grande ...

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Time and Relative Digressions on Cheese (music, 2015)
Have I the right to touch these cows together? This is really a bit of self-promotion, dear readers.  I've stepped away from films for a moment to tell you about an album by The Potential Bees, a small, surprising band of which I am a member. 'Time and Rela...

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'Die Andere Heimat', or 'Home from Home' (2013)
Before I get to ‘Die Andere Heimat’, let me tell you a little about the Heimat trilogy.  ‘ Heimat ’ (1984), is either a film, or a series of films, or a TV series shown in cinemas.  It was followed by ‘Die Zweite Heimat’ (1993), and the more-boringly-named ...

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The Adventures of Food Boy (2008)
Yesterday, my bandmate Pez urged me to look out ‘The Adventures of Food Boy’ on Netflix.  I can’t remember quite why the recommendation was made, but the concept entranced me: a boy suddenly learns that his family has the magical power to produce food from ...

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Drowning by Numbers (1988)
Cissie Colpitts 2, Cissie Colpitts 1 and Cissie Colpitts 3 Peter Greenaway films always make me want to make movies.  I’ve watched a few of his films for The Penciltonian - ‘ The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover ’ (1989), and ‘The Baby of Macon’ (199...

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Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
I've enjoyed most of the Marvel films I've seen, but I don't embrace them all equally.  The Iron Man films were all excellent, and my opinion of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' (2014) is identical to everybody else's opinion of 'Guardians of the Galaxy'.  I found...
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