Review: Get Low

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Starring: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black Director: Aaron Schneider “They keep talking about forgiveness. Ask Jesus for forgiveness. I never did nothing to Him…” Felix Bush has lived a hermit’s life for over 40 years, keeping himself away from Thirties society in his cabin in the woods. He is the subject of local gossip, with stories constantly circulating about the possible evils of his past. When Felix feels his time may be coming, he engages the services of funeral director Frank Quinn to arrange a funeral party…

Top Ten: Movie Couples

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It’s that time of year. Well, that day of the year. Cupid is abroad in the land, drawing back his bow and forcing men everywhere to do the things they really should be doing all year round, without his chubby help. No doubt, part of the Valentine’s rituals across the world will be the sitting down to watch a romantic movie together. With that in mind, here is a list of my ten favourite movie couples. Be warned, though, I like movie couples who are a little bit different so…

Screenplays I Wish I’d Written: Withnail and I

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London, 1969. Two unemployed actors, the self-centred Withnail and the self-conscious Marwood, decide to escape the squalor of their Camden flat and head to the country for a holiday. Travelling to the small cottage, owned by Withnail’s eccentric Uncle Monty, the two men find themselves completely unprepared for the mild horrors of non-suburban life and the trials self-sufficiency. Then Uncle Monty himself joins them, with less than noble intentions for Marwood. Bruce Robinson’s 1987 directorial debut is one of those that can curse a subsequent career. Not because it is…

O Captain! My Captain!

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Hot on the heels of the first peek of Andrew Garfield’s revamped Spider-man costume comes the release of the first teaser poster for another of Marvel’s three big releases this year, Captain America. I used to read Captain America when I was a kid, but he was never one of my favourites, and I gave up on him after he beat up a ‘villain’ called The Flag-Smasher. This guy just wanted to see all countries abolished in favour of a one-world government. I kind of liked that idea and resented…

Top Ten: Ghost Stories

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I love a good ghost story. They are without doubt my favourite strain of horror movie. Vampires are fine, werewolves are fine, psychotic killers with masks are just fine, but for me there’s nothing quite as terrifying as a ghost. As a kid I would scare myself witless with tales of the supernatural, both fictional and otherwise, aided in no small part by my father, an anthologist of Victorian ghost stories. Cinema struggles a little with ghost stories. In literature the best of the genre are usually short stories, and…