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  • Grand Piano 2013


    A shorter version of this was first published by Little White Lies

    "If you play music this dense, you're gonna hit a wrong note. And they won't know. They never do."

    This is the reassurance that bon vivant conductor Norman Reisinger (Don McManus) gives nervous pianist Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood) before a performance. Tom is a world-renowned virtuoso who, five years earlier, had choked in the middle of a public recital of La Cinquette, a notoriously difficult solo piece that…

  • In Order of Disappearance 2014


    Review first published by Film4

    Synopsis: Hans Petter Moland sets Stellan Skarsgård's unlikely but effective migrant avenger between two very different drug gangs, with darkly comic results.

    Review: "I'm just a guy who keeps a strip of civilisation open for people in the wilderness."

    So says Nils (Stellan Skarsgård), snow plough operator in a small Norwegian town, as he accepts his award for Citizen of the Year. It is his job to keep the road between town and city clear…

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  • Nymphomaniac 2013

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    review from Film4 (slightly altered)

    Descriptive synopsis: Controversial Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier rounds off his 'Trilogy of Depression' with a tale (in two parts) of sexual liberation, oppression and exploitation.

    "Fill all my holes, please."
    It is perhaps not as catchy as the line "Chaos reigns" from Lars von Trier's Antichrist (2009), the first film of the so-called 'Trilogy of Depression' (which Nymphomaniac closes) - but nonetheless it is a line repeated several times by the heroine…

  • Woman in the Dunes 1964

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    Review first published by EyeforFilm

    Teshigahara Hiroshi's film opens with the image of a strange crystal shape whose uneven enormity fills the entire screen, challenging viewers to identify what it is. The next, equally baffling shot, taken from further back, is of a pyramid-like pile of these alien rocks, still difficult to recognise in all their misshapenness. Finally, the camera pulls out to a distance, revealing that the boulders are in fact countless tiny grains of sand forming a desert…