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Tag: British cinema

Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Don’t Look Now

Don’t Look Now UK. 1973. Nicolas Roeg. This film leaves a scar deep beneath the surface; Roeg renders the subconscious state of the cinematic with absolute accomplishment. This psychic thriller is about a man’s (John Baxter) overwhelming grief for the death of his daughter and the feelings of guilt that supersede it. John vacates to Venice with his wife Laura to direct the reconstruction of a local church. There is a fine line between the symbolism of religion and death, as the church serves for plenty of John’s deranged fear… Read more Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Don’t Look Now

Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Eden Lake

Eden Lake UK. 2008. James Watkins. What makes this film so provocative and thrilling is simply because it is believable. Not much is more sincerely disturbing than a group of hooligan kids with nothing else to do than chase around tourists with knives. The concept may sound futile, but the film is excellently constructed (the acting and direction hit all the notes exactly on the mark) and one confrontation drifts effectively into another. But they are just kids! Exactly. If you defend yourself against an aggressive kid you are bound… Read more Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Eden Lake

Short Reflections from the Silver Screen – Song for Marion

UK, 2012. Directed by Paul Andrew Williams Terence Stamp plays a grumpy old man who is struggling to come to terms with his long-term partners illness. Vanessa Redgrave plays his charming partner who has been diagnosed with cancer, but she still makes a great effort to go and sing with her quirky choir, all are of a similar age and have their own ingenuity about them. One can easily guess what emotions to expect from such a story, but Paul Andrew Williams digs deeper and gives a heartfelt soul to… Read more Short Reflections from the Silver Screen – Song for Marion