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Interviews

“Every movie is in some way a road movie”: Monte Hellman looks back

The late director of Two-Lane Blacktop and Ride in the Whirlwind talked through his career, from sweltering shoots in the Philippines with Jack Nicholson to his final feature Road to Nowhere, in this extended interview conducted in 2010.

By Matthew Thrift

“Every movie is in some way a road movie”: Monte Hellman looks back
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Where to begin with Tsui Hark

By Matthew Thrift

Where to begin with Tsui Hark
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Where to begin with John Ford

By Matthew Thrift

Where to begin with John Ford
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10 great Japanese winter films

By Matthew Thrift

10 great Japanese winter films
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Stanley Tucci: 10 essential performances

By Matthew Thrift

Stanley Tucci: 10 essential performances
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Where to begin with John Sayles

By Matthew Thrift

Where to begin with John Sayles
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5 things to watch this weekend – 14 to 16 August

By Matthew Thrift

5 things to watch this weekend – 14 to 16 August
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Five things to watch this weekend – 14-16 August

By Matthew Thrift

Five things to watch this weekend – 14-16 August
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10 great Japanese summer films

By Matthew Thrift

10 great Japanese summer films
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10 great Japanese film noirs

By Matthew Thrift

10 great Japanese film noirs
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The best Japanese film of every year – from 1925 to now

By Alejandra Armendáriz-Hernández, Kambole Campbell and others

The best Japanese film of every year – from 1925 to now
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Celebrating Saul Bass’s centenary: 10 essential title sequences

By Matthew Thrift

Celebrating Saul Bass’s centenary: 10 essential title sequences
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10 great spy films

By Matthew Thrift

10 great spy films
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Where to begin with Richard Stanley

By Matthew Thrift

Where to begin with Richard Stanley
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Where to begin with Alejandro Jodorowsky

By Matthew Thrift

Where to begin with Alejandro Jodorowsky
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10 great films set in New Orleans

By Matthew Thrift

10 great films set in New Orleans
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Five things to watch this weekend – 24-26 January

By Matthew Thrift

Five things to watch this weekend – 24-26 January
Lists

Hot takes: A short history of the one-shot movie in 11 attempts

By Matthew Thrift

Hot takes: A short history of the one-shot movie in 11 attempts
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10 great acid westerns

By Matthew Thrift

10 great acid westerns
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10 great acid westerns

By Matthew Thrift

10 great acid westerns
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End-of-decade films: One great film per decade

By Matthew Thrift

End-of-decade films: One great film per decade
Features

Anna Karina (1940-2019): 2 or 3 things we know about her

By Matthew Thrift

Anna Karina (1940-2019): 2 or 3 things we know about her
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10 great Christmas musicals

By Matthew Thrift

10 great Christmas musicals
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Where to begin with Japan’s kaiju monster movies

By Matthew Thrift

Where to begin with Japan’s kaiju monster movies
Lists

The best musical of every year – from the dawn of sound to the rise of the jukebox musical

By Grace Barber-Plentie, Kambole Campbell and others

The best musical of every year – from the dawn of sound to the rise of the jukebox musical
Lists

The best musical of every year – from the dawn of sound to the rise of the jukebox musical

By Grace Barber-Plentie, Kambole Campbell and others

The best musical of every year – from the dawn of sound to the rise of the jukebox musical
Features

Seven things we learned from Robert De Niro

By Matthew Thrift

Seven things we learned from Robert De Niro
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Donald Pleasence: 10 essential performances

By Matthew Thrift

Donald Pleasence: 10 essential performances
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Angela Bassett: 10 essential films

By Matthew Thrift

Angela Bassett: 10 essential films
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