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Matthew Thrift

Matthew Thrift is a freelance film writer and actor. He contributes to Little White Lies, The Guardian, bfi.org.uk and is editor of UK film blog, Cinephile.

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  • 17 rare times when a director made five or more great films in a row

    Here’s to cinema’s winning streaks, when an unstoppable director made one belter after another.

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

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  • 12 masterful Spielberg set-pieces

    Like Hitchcock before him, Steven Spielberg is a master of the cinematic set-piece. These dozen sequences are the essence of his craft.

    Friday, May 27, 2016

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  • Howard Hawks: 10 essential films + three underrated ones

    Across film noir, action-adventure, westerns and screwball comedies, Howard Hawks made some of the most flat-out entertaining movies you could ever see. Sometimes championing 10 just isn’t enough…

    Friday, May 27, 2016

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  • Ian McKellen: 10 essential films

    A selection of some of the best places to seek out one of the finest British actors of our era.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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  • Where to begin with Jerry Lewis

    Your next obsession: the manic, comic genius of Jerry Lewis.

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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  • William A. Wellman: 10 essential films

    He directed the first ever winner of the Oscar for best picture, alongside timeless gangster movies, westerns, war films and screwball comedies. Here are 10 of the toppermost films by ‘Wild Bill’ Wellman, who was born 120 years ago.

    Monday, February 29, 2016

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  • Preston Sturges: 10 essential films

    Across both his early screenplays and the classic run of screwball comedies he later made as director, here are 10 of the best places to get that Preston Sturges feeling.

    Friday, February 5, 2016

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  • 10 great films from 1996

    Take That broke up, the Spice Girls broke through, and Dolly the Sheep was born. But which films were in cinemas, and how do they shape up today?

    Friday, January 22, 2016

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  • Anna Karina: 2 or 3 things we now know about her

    The films Anna Karina made with Jean-Luc Godard in the 1960s represent one of cinema history’s greatest actor-director partnerships. Here’s what we learned from the recent on-stage appearances of a French film icon.

    Friday, January 22, 2016

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  • 10 great films from 1966

    The turn of 2016 heralds the 50th anniversary of the release of Pet Sounds, Blonde on Blonde and Revolver, as well as some of the finest pop singles ever recorded. Did 1966 offer anything as rich at the cinema?

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

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