Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai 3D

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The ancient samurai ritual of hara-kiri, also known as seppuku, is a symbolic suicide performed in an attempt to regain honour when all hope is otherwise lost. It is a grisly fate, involving plunging a short sword, known as a tantō into one’s stomach, and slicing left to right. An appointed “attendant” would then finish the job by relieving you of your head. Harry Hunt reviews Takashi Miike’s HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI


Moonbug

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“I take photos to show another world,” explains Steve Pyke, opening up his long awaited documentary MOONBUG, and with a subject of astronomy, you’d expect this to be quite fitting. Unfortunately, a documentary about space exploration it is not; it’s an astronomically claustrophobic look into the world of Steve Pyke.


Aesthetica Short Film Festival York

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This month saw Aesthetica magazine’s first short film festival take place in some of York’s historic venues. Steve Williams reviews one of his favourite films from the arts, experimental and documentary categories.


The Turin Horse

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In 1889 Friedrich Nietzsche left his house in Turin and witnessed a man violently whipping his horse, which would not move. This image caused a mental breakdown in the philosopher, who threw himself at the neck of the creature to protect it, and afterwards fell ill until his death in 1900. What happened to the horse remains unknown, the narrator informs us at the beginning of what is allegedly Hungarian director Béla Tarr’s last film.


Breathing (Atmen)

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Roman Kogler (Thomas Schubert) is a bit lost. Four years in the Austrian juvenile detention system have left him numb and passionless, but he still yearns for resolution. BREATHING follows him as he seeks this resolution out. Harry Hunt reviews this directorial debut from Austrian actor Karl Markovics.


The Awakening

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In the wake of the Great War, England was shrouded in a time of recovery, melancholy and ghosts. The bereaved searched for their lost sons, brothers and lovers in the lies of con artists who claimed they could contact the afterlife in spiritual séances and readings. This is the setting in which we find our [...]


Dance Town (댄스 타운)

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DANCE TOWN brings a snowy rallentando to Jeon’s trilogy which began with ANIMAL TOWN and MOZART TOWN. Each film looks at Korean life through the eyes of urban misfits who have been excluded from, or simply ignored by the rest of society.


We Need To Talk About Kevin

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Jim Ross reviews WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, Lynne Ramsay’s truly unsettling return to the big screen following a mother in the aftermath and build up to a horrific act of violence by her son.


Blood In The Mobile

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BLOOD IN THE MOBILE is currently screening at Cambridge Arts Picturehouse. Loreta Gandolfi takes a look at the documentary which journeys into the underworld of Congo’s minerals trading.


Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1

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The vampire saga returns for a fourth outing, and once again the old gang are all present. Arriving on the back of ECLIPSE, certainly the best of the series so far, Bill Condon’s project had much to live up to, and as the first few scenes stumble past it will seem as though the undertaking has fallen well short.


The Rum Diary

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A controversial writer, a cult director and a famous actor trying to avoid the Hollywood image is the formula which gave birth in 1998 to one of the most memorable films of the decade, FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, a film that despite its short-comings is still blowing the minds of new generations of teenagers world over.


Twilight to Twilight

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It is quite amazing, the level of abuse a man will receive for openly stating that he will be attending a TWILIGHT marathon – or “Twiathlon”. In fact, unless the next words out of your mouth are “I’m writing a review” you might as well leave any male – and quite a few female – friendships behind.


Shame

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Ferry Hunt reviews Steve McQueen’s controversial and challenging second feature SHAME, screened at Brighton Film Festival last night.


Arahan (아라한 – 장풍대작전 / 아라한 장풍 대작전 )

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Near the start of ARAHAN, the hero can’t believe that the old duffers surrounding him are the fabled Seven Masters. One of them punctures the moment by suggesting that maybe he thinks they’re Power Rangers instead.


Dachimawa Lee (다찌마와 리 – 악인이여 지옥행 급행열차를 타라!)

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Ryu Seung-wan’s comedy DACHIMAWA LEE started life as a short film in 2000, kick-started lead actor Im Won-hee’s career and then upgraded to full feature status in 2008. Although allegedly set during the Second World War with Korea under Japanese occupation, Im Won-hee dresses like John Shaft and acts like Leslie Nielsen.