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Film Review: The last King (Birkebeinerne; Norway)

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EWAH and the Vision of Paradise (EVoP) released a magnificent album ‘The Warning Birds’ earlier this year (see my 9.2/10 review here) – an album that I described as being a palimpsest for beauty and decay, wild and turbulent landscapes with the intrusion of modernity and the threats and ugliness this can entail. It is …

As all intellectuals are inclined to do, I would start this piece with some sort of relevant academic quote. Preferably from a writer, philosopher or cultural studies expert who you may know the name of, but are all together unsure of their merits or ideas. If I was to do this however, I would be …

ICELAND’S modern compositional phenomenon Ólafur Arnalds has announced details of a new short film, entitled When We Are Born, which is set to premiere worldwide on March 7th. You can watch the trailer below. Directed by Vincent Moon, who’s worked with Arcade Fire and Bon Iver, When We Are Born is a creative live performance film that tells a …

CAROLINE CATZ’S hotly anticipated new film about the life of Doctor Who theme writer and all-round early electronica genius Delia Derbyshire: The Myths & The Legendary Tapes is to be premiered by the British Film Institute as part of the 2020 London Film Festival in the middle of this month. The conceptual, atmospheric journey into the …

A sci-fi thriller set in the future, AD ASTRA stars Brad Pitt as an elite astronaut who travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and …

Samuel Beckett is without doubt one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. Renowned for his bleak outlook on human existence, his greatest legacy is Waiting for Godot. A champion of the absurd, the Nobel Prize winner left his mark on both the English and French languages. However, Beckett only ventured into filmmaking …

Ever heard of Norwegian Civil Wars? Don’t worry if you didn’t. Waged in XII-XIII c. between, among others, the rich Baglers and the poor Birkebeins, it’s old news, really. One particular episode, however, survives in people’s active memory to this day. In the winter of 1205-06, the Birkebeins’ less-than-two-year old pretender to the throne, Haakon …

That Alan Rickman was one of our great screen actors was really brought home to me in the underrated British classic Truly, Madly, Deeply – a movie that still make me mist up – due to his tender performance as the recently deceased Jamie who has returned to ‘live’ with his distraught wife. Playing against …

We’re used to experiencing the post-apocalyptic world: explorations on both big and small screens have taken us through countless interpretations. But as I began to watch The Survivalist, playing at this year’s London Film Festival, I struggled to recall to mind one that combined a verdant environment and isolation. What we have become used to …

Grosse Point Blank.  The 1997 comedy based around a professional killer returning home for his 10 year high school reunion.  You’ve seen it, right? Martin Blank (John Cusack) prepares to shoot someone as part of his latest contract, as his assistant Marcella (Joan Cusack) reads him the invitation to his high school reunion over the …