Category Archives: American cinema

F for Fake: Murder on the Orient Express (Kenneth Branagh, Malta/USA, 2017)

One of the key scenes in Murder on the Orient Express involves Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) exposing Gerhard Hardman (Willem Dafoe) as a fake Austrian scientist as a result of his failure correctly to pronounce Turin. Hardman – if that is … Continue reading

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Fifteen thoughts about Flatliners (Niels Arden Oplev, USA, 2017)

1. Resuscitated films end up being haunted and made to feel bad by their past. Kiefer Sutherland is on hand to ensure that this is so. 2. In the contemporary age, suicide becomes the logical extension of the pressure to … Continue reading

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Pretty Vacant: Song to Song (Terrence Malick, USA, 2017)

A Malickian montage of thoughts about Song to Song, the latest film from Terrence Malick. Kill your gods There may be a God. There may even be Gods. But there is no god who is a human. And for many years … Continue reading

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Chaosmopolitan Cinema: Cinema, Globalisation, Holocaust

Yesterday (22 February 2017), the excellent scholar Celestino Deleyto gave a talk at the Centre for Research into Film and Audiovisual Cultures at the University of Roehampton, London. In the talk, Deleyto outlined an argument that has also appeared in … Continue reading

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From Billy Lynn to Rogue One

In Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Ang Lee, USA/UK/China, 2016), there is a sequence where Billy (Joe Alwyn) experiences a flashback to his tour as a soldier in Iraq. The scene is ultimately innocuous, but as Billy looks around him in an … Continue reading

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Trump cinema

Some people suggest that Donald Trump’s victory in the American election is as a result of his television personality. In some senses, I do not doubt it. More than this, though, I wonder about the role that television (and other … Continue reading

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Lion (Garth Davis, Australia/USA/UK, 2016)

There is a sequence in Lion where Saroo (Dev Patel) and his soon-to-be girlfriend Lucy (Rooney Mara) walk to a party on opposite sides of the street. Lucy does a wee dance, and Saroo then copies her – the pair thus … Continue reading

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