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Barry Levinson’s Bernie Madoff biopic brings together key facets of the actor’s star persona, as he plays an opportunistic individual who is nevertheless rigorously self-controlled, writes Brad Stevens.
Thursday 28 February 2019
From Anna Karina in Vivre Sa Vie to Bruce Willis in Twelve Monkeys, when movie characters watch films, it’s often an intensely sorrowful experience. Could this be the way cinema expresses its self-conscious sadness about its own transience, asks Brad Stevens.
Monday 21 January 2019
After languishing unfinished for decades, does the now-completed movie carry a message from the auteur who first imagined it, or does it instead remain a tantalising cinephile puzzle, asks Brad Stevens.
Friday 21 December 2018
Long before Twin Peaks, signature directors from John Ford to David Cronenberg, Samuel Fuller to Jerry Lewis, have dabbled with small-screen jobs for hire. The results can be fascinating, writes Brad Stevens.
Friday 30 November 2018
A mysterious female director created these short and surprising publicity segments in the early 1930s. What else could she have done on a larger canvas, asks Brad Stevens.
Thursday 11 October 2018
Could the ultimate puzzle film be one that can’t be solved, asks Brad Stevens. Such as this little-seen 1995 movie starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, which has a perplexing question at its core?
Tuesday 14 August 2018
David Lean’s much maligned adaptation of a true-life 19th-century murder case, with Ann Todd as a woman accused of poisoning her lover, is a slippery melodrama whose upper-class trappings mask a subversive rape-revenge core, writes Brad Stevens.
Wednesday 11 July 2018
The nightmare to E.T.’s dream of a home-invading paranormal father figure, Sidney J. Furie’s radical 1982 horror film The Entity connects contemporary articulations of abusive, gaslighting patriarchy with the Gothic tradition’s ambiguous explorations of Evil, says Brad Stevens.
Monday 11 June 2018
From Repulsion to Blowup and beyond, 1960s movies made in Britain by foreign directors had something unsettling to tell us about a nation in flux – a warning that may yet reflect on our Brexit era, writes Brad Stevens.
Tuesday 24 April 2018
In Nicholas Ray’s classic film noir, Bogie plays a writer with an aversion to opening a book. Is this the reductio ad absurdum of macho masculinity, asks Brad Stevens?
Wednesday 28 March 2018
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