Film of the Fortnight: The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) Wes Anderson The Royal Tenenbaums is a charming, absurdist comedy film with many quirks and a sense of poignancy. It was directed by Wes Anderson, who also wrote the script together with Owen Wilson, who in turn stars in the film. As with all of Anderson’s films, The Royal Tenenbaums conjures a…

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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: Persepolis

Persepolis (2007) Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud Persepolis is a French-Iranian animated film written and directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. It is based on Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel of the same name and depicts her childhood and young adulthood in Tehran and Vienna against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. Persepolis beautifully balances political and personal issues, historical events and everyday occurrences,…

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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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William Kentridge – Thick Time | Louisiana, Denmark

My latest art love at first sight was William Kentridge. I came into contact with Kentridge’s artistry about a year ago. I was visiting Lousiana – the museum of modern art in Humlebæk, Denmark – to check out their main exhibition at the time, Eye Attack, and decided to also take the opportunity to see…

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Film of the Fortnight: Songs from the Second Floor

Songs from the Second Floor (2000) Roy Andersson Roy Andersson is arguably Sweden’s greatest and definitely Sweden’s most singular living filmmaker. There are many things that set Andersson apart, among them the imagery that has become his hallmark – bleak tableauesque scenes devoid of cuts and close ups – and an unmistakable absurdist tone. The…

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