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Grief and loss are themes which are regularly tackled on the big screen. To a large degree, they often tend to follow a similar path; reflecting the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance). However, life doesn’t always follow a logical path. Humans are complex creatures. We often react to stressful situations …

The role of sound design is an often a neglected or overlooked area of cinema, but it can make or break a film. In genre cinema, it’s imperative in terms of building tension and maximising scares. In war films, and Saving Private Ryan is one of the best examples of this, it can really draw …

American cinemagoers love an action hero. With the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sly Stallone, Chuck Norris and Harrison Ford, the 1980s was a fertile period for muscle and bullets. We Brits tend to carry out our business a bit more quietly, most notably through the tailored suits and the Oxbridge English of James Bond. Jason …

Act in haste, repent at leisure. We don’t always think through the actions we take and are often blind to the hurt we cause to others (or worse, just don’t care), and more often than not they come back to haunt us. Lies and revenge are the subject of writer and director Joel Edgerton’s film …

Westerns can often be formulaic and follow very similar paths. Traditionally this has been the case but with the resurgence of the genre in the last few years they’ve evolved into different kinds of parables. In John Maclean’s debut film, Slow West, he takes an offbeat approach to the subject. What on the face of …

She's Funny That Way

Peter Bogdanovich is a very singular kind of film director. There’s a thread of nostalgia running through all his work, but not in the sense of pastiche. The American director clearly has a love of classic cinema and his filmography feels like a homage to The Golden Age. In She’s Funny That Way, his first …

Bestselling author Nick Hornby has seen several of his novels adapted to film. Whilst there have been some undeniable successes in the shape of About a Boy, Fever Pitch and High Fidelity but there’s also been the abject failure of The Perfect Catch (a disastrous Americanisation of Fever Pitch). A Long Way Down has an …