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Declan Cochran
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Moving House
After some careful consideration and a considered recommendation from a close friend, I have made the decision to up sticks and move across the river to Wordpress. The perk of this is that my domain no longer has to have Blogspot in the address, and also I ...
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Force Majeure
Ask any self-respecting group of Seinfeld fans what the show's antiheroic everyman George Costanza's worst act in the history of the show was, and it won't be long before someone mentions "The Fire", the episode where a fire breaks out at a kids' birthday p...
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Pocket Money
Pocket Money, Francois Truffaut's 1976 effort concerning a small rural town, the pupils of the local school, and a couple of its teachers, is an engaging, empathetic film that crystallises all that Truffaut seems to think about children, one of his favourit...
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Air Doll
All those people all those lives, where are they now? With loves, and hates, and passions just like mine, They were born and then they lived and then they died, Seems so unfair, I want to cry. *** Hirokazu Koreeda's film "Air Doll", based on Yoshiie Goda'...
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Wiener-Dog
Todd Solondz is cinema's architect of miserabilism, but never have his powers been put to such disquieting effect in his latest film, Wiener-Dog, a film that runs through misanthropy in the first ten minutes, and continues at breakneck pace towards sadism, ...
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who are you?
i have no conception of my readership so i have no idea who is reading this; forgive my tone, in this case. but if you are a regular reader (i have no idea if i have any of those) i implore you to reach out, to comment, to criticise, to berate, to praise, t...
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The Cinema of the Literal and the Cinema of the Obfuscated
The cinema of the literal and the cinema of the obfuscated. Both have their charms, and methods, and we have moved from the former to the latter as our capability for understanding cinema has evolved. We can probably trace the origins of the obfuscation met...
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The Death of Cinema?
For as long as people have been writing about cinema, people have been writing about the death of cinema, something I have always put down to the fact that as multi-faceted a thing as the cinema invites so many personal readings of what the cinema must do t...
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Anomalisa
"And you may find yourself In another part of the world" "And you may ask yourself Well, how did I get here?" Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime Anomalisa, from Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, is one of those films that is simultaneously vague about what ...
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