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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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  • 10 great wuxia (swordplay) films

    Based in a centuries-old genre of Chinese literature, the wuxia martial arts movie takes place in a world of swords, sorcery, chivalry and romance. Here are 10 of its jaw-dropping milestones.

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

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  • 10 great kung fu films

    Ahead of our celebration of Chinese genre cinema at BFI Southbank, we gave one eager apprentice a task of deep reflection: to whittle down a 10-strong list of killer kung fu movies.

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

    Lists

  • 10 great First World War films

    With the definitive screen version of Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms returning to cinemas to mark the centenary of the First World War, eyes front for our list of 10 of the best films set during World War I.

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

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  • 10 great chase films

    From silent comedies to modern action blockbusters, cinema has always thrived on the thrill of pursuit. Catch your breath while we go after 10 essential chase movies.

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

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  • 10 great Christmas horror films

    Deck the cinematic halls with boughs of blood-soaked holly. These 10 festive viewing treats channel the dark side of Christmas.

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

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  • 10 great horror remakes

    With Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre in cinemas in time for Halloween, here are another 10 horror remakes that are more than just rip-offs.

    Thursday, October 31, 2013

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  • 10 great French gangster films

    With the rerelease of Classe tous risques, we round up the usual suspects and a clutch of forgotten gems for 10 great Gallic gangster movies.

    Thursday, September 12, 2013

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  • Top trumps: the giants of Japan’s monster movies

    We run through 10 of Pacific Rim’s monstrous antecedents, the Japanese goliaths that paved the way for Guillermo del Toro’s vision.

    Friday, July 12, 2013

    Features

  • John + Gena: dynamite on screen and off

    Fiery and tempestuous, John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands are one of cinema’s great husband-wife partnerships. We survey their 10 films together.

    Thursday, May 30, 2013

    Features

  • 10 great directors and their English-language debuts

    With Park Chan-wook unveiling Stoker, we pick out 10 other world-class directors and their first English-language films.

    Friday, March 1, 2013

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