Film of the Fortnight: A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange (1971) Stanley Kubrick Quite absurd, darkly satirical and highly influential. That is one way to describe A Clockwork Orange, a dystopian sci-fi crime film written for the screen, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick. Based on Anthony Burgess’s novel of the same name, it centers on juvenile delinquent Alex who enjoys raping women, beating people up…

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Film of the Fortnight: My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro (1988) Hayao Miyazaki Of all the great anime films that have come out of the legendary Studio Ghibli, My Neighbor Totoro is probably the loveliest. Written and directed by anime grandmaster Hayao Miyazaki, it tells the story of two young sisters who move with their father to rural Japan and there find…

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Film of the Fortnight: Hero

Hero (2002) Zhang Yimou Hero is a wuxia film co-written, co-produced and directed by acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou. ‘Wuxia’ means “martial heroes” and refers to a genre of fiction dealing with the adventures of martial artists in ancient China. Loosely based on the story of Jing Ke’s assassination attempt on the King of Qin in 227 BC, Hero is…

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Film of the Fortnight: Pather Panchali

Pather Panchali (1955) Satyajit Ray Say Indian film and most people think of colourful Bollywood movies filled with song and dance routines. Indian film is, however, so much more than that. A case in point is Pather Panchali (meaning Song of the Road), a black and white Indian drama film directed by Satyajit Ray. Pather Panchali tells…

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Film of the Fortnight: Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream (2000) Darren Aronofsky A kick in the guts. That’s how it feels to watch Requiem for a Dream, the second film by American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. Requiem for a Dream is a dark psychological drama film that tells the story of four people becoming increasingly addicted to drugs. It’s based on…

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Film of the Fortnight: Tokyo Story

September is back and with it Film of the Fortnight. Tokyo Story (1953) Yasujiro Ozu Tokyo Story is the most praised film made by Japanese Yasujiro Ozu, one of the highest regarded filmmakers that has ever lived. The setup is simple: an elderly married couple set out to visit their grown-up children living in Tokyo….

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Film of the Fortnight: 2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Stanley Kubrick This isn’t your ordinary sci-fi flick set in outer space, this is a metaphysical intergalactic ballet. Sounds weird and pretentious? It is – in the best possible way. To put it simply, 2001: A Space Odyssey is hard to grasp and will make you grasp for air. The…

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Film of the Fortnight: The Adventures of Prince Achmed

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) Lotte Reiniger Based on material from One Thousand and One Nights, this 90 year old German silent adventure movie is the oldest preserved animated feature film. As can be expected from an old rendition of folk tale stuff, The Adventures of Prince Achmed contains some objectionable elements, but the…

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Film of the Fortnight: The Celebration

The Celebration (1998) Thomas Vinterberg This Danish drama was the first of the so called Dogma-films: movies made in accordance with a set of rules prescribing, among other things, on-location shooting, the use of hand-held cameras, and the refusal of post-production modifications. It tells the story of a family gathering to celebrate the patriarch’s 60th…

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Film of the Fortnight: Psycho

Autumn is back and with it the Film of the Fortnight.  Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock The most influential and iconic film made by the most influential and iconic British director of all time. A statement like this may seem overly grand, but when it comes to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho it’s no stretch. Sure, one or…

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