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Matt Strachan 2011 Top Ten

News

27th December, 2011

I’m a big fan of top ten lists and their assorted brethren (best of this, top twenty that, pre-mortem 1001 something or other). They don’t have the

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EIFF2011: Tomboy

Film Festival, Live Action

23rd June, 2011

What happens if you take Kimberly Peirce’s Oscar-winning Boys Don’t Cry, exchange small town America for the suburbs of Paris and make Hilary

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EIFF2011: Jack Goes Boating

Film Festival, Live Action

22nd June, 2011

Philip Goes Film Directing, finally, and it turns out he’s pretty darn good at it. After several years of directing theatre, predominantly (if not

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EIFF2011: My Brothers

Film Festival, Live Action

21st June, 2011

Perhaps if Paul Fraser – writing partner of choice as far as Shane Meadows is concerned, having helped pen Dead Man’s Shoes, A Room for Romeo Brass and

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Countdown to Zero

Documentary

20th June, 2011

Even if you don’t quite buy the American version of events, it’s hard to deny that the death of Osama bin Laden earlier this year was, to all intents

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The Messenger

Live Action

16th June, 2011

The adage is such a part of the fabric of filmmaking these days, that it’s hard to know if Akira Kurosawa originated or articulately restated it when he

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Le Quattro Volte

Live Action

7th June, 2011

Inanimate objects and cinema have never been the very best of friends. Despite attempts to personify them, some better than others (Ramin Bahrani’s

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Win Win

Live Action

26th May, 2011

Win Win isn’t a bad way of describing director Tom McCarthy’s career behind the camera to date, although Win Nominate might be slightly more

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RE:PLAY Films 01

Animation, Film Festival

9th May, 2011

The collective DN obsession with DANIELS after Pigeons and Simple Math is something we’ll be seeking professional help for soon. It did, however,

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Manchester Orchestra: Simple Math

Music

3rd May, 2011

Forging a compelling narrative whilst still remaining true to the spirit of a track is pretty much the Holy Grail of music promos, and it doesn’t get

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Oser: Oh La La !

Music

2nd May, 2011

Beautiful people pasting each other with big buckets of bright technicolour gloop. In slow motion. And French. Oh là là indeed…

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Salim Baba

Documentary

30th April, 2011

In these 3D-HD-ADHD times, as film (and its audience) continues to be polarised into sofa- or spectacle-cinema, you could be forgiven for losing sight of

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