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Red Sonja

Few actors can claim such an interesting history as Arnold Schwarzenegger. Born in Austria to a father who was a member of the Nazi Party serving in the Wehrmacht, he had a strict Catholic upbringing. As a teenager he began weightlifting and it changed his life. Using his fame as Mr. Olympia to smash his …

War films tend to focus on the battle. The heroic victory and the courageous feats of bravery. The spirit of defiance. Of determination. They’re often little more than propaganda. Or, on the flipside, the unspeakable evil which makes humans do the most terrible things. It’s rare for a picture to concentrate on the aftermath. The …

While feckless politicians may invoke the Second World War to whip up self-serving nationalistic fervour, only a moron would want to replicate the spirit of being bombed every night. Countries like to look back at (victorious) conflicts through rose-tinted glasses. Britain is one of the worst offenders. Most films about the period paint a romantic …

The party head for a meal

Luis Buñuel was undoubtedly one of the most distinctive, and successful, European filmmakers of his generation. Spending much of his youth in Paris, the Spaniard was deeply involved with the surrealism movement. He carried this with him throughout his career, going on to make a number of critically acclaimed and iconic films. Working across a …

Belli in search of the truth

Tales of good versus evil are almost as old as mankind itself. The earliest writings often refer to such conflicts and most major religions have this message at their core. In today’s popular culture this normally metamorphosises into superheroes versus villains or cops versus robbers. The latter has fascinated people for decades. The cat and …

Pearly and Valerie

There was a time when Peter Sellers was one of the most famous actors in the world. He’d risen to prominence in the UK for The Goon Show but it was his role as Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther films which brought him international recognition. Then there’s his performance in Dr. Strangelove, which is …

While Disney has been popular with cinema audiences for generations, the last few decades have seen the likes of Pixar, Studio Ghibli and DreamWorks enter the market and become popular with children and adults alike. However, we’re seeing a number of smaller animation studios, such as Aardman Animations, LAIKA and Studio Ponoc, coming into the …

Chihiro takes a journey

While the work of Studio Ghibli was familiar to many film fans around the world before the release of Spirited Away, it was their 2001 film that (finally) brought their work to mainstream audiences. The likes of My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Kiki’s Delivery Service became firm …

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Francis Ford Coppola was one of the best American directors of his generation, albeit his later work is not on a par. He formed part of the ‘New Hollywood’ movement of the 1960s and 1970s along with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and Brian De Palma. He’s most famous for making …

Ibrahim and his wives

Often referred to as the ‘father of African cinema’, Ousmane Sembène was certainly one of the original filmmakers to come out of the sub-Saharan region and arguably the most influential of the twentieth century. The Senegalese director was the first from the continent to bridge over into international film festivals and receive international recognition and …