Filmotomy Podcast Episode 34: Cinema 2018 Half-Time Whistle

This timely podcast episode hits the halfway mark of the year 2018. So we are due a half-time report, to assess the year in film so far. Bianca Garner is in the hosting chair once again, and joined by Robin Write and Rob Motto. Here they chat about their favorite films of the year so […]

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The 20 Greatest Ingmar Bergman Films: The Top 5

There’s a tear in my eye as we lose what has been a phenomenal month covering the marvelous works of Ingmar Bergman. Who am I kidding? I’ve been sobbing for three days. Tears of joy, too, I might add. An admiration of the experience watching his films, no matter the mood he leaves us in. […]

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Top Moments in Bergman Films

After finally coming to an end of my Bergman journey over these last 10 days or so, watching a grand total of 13 films (yes, I know there’s a lot more that I need to see, and I do promise to get around to seeing them), I have decided to pick my favourite moments. I […]

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The Bank Robbery As Circus – Dog Day Afternoon Review

Al Pacino garnered his fourth consecutive Best Acting Oscar nomination in 1975 for his performance as Sonny in Dog Day Afternoon. Sonny, along with his partner, Sal (John Cazale), start the film off by botching a bank robbery in Brooklyn. When they find all the money in the safe has already been picked up, and […]

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Bee’s Bergman Diary- Summer Interlude

So, this is my final entry in my Bergman diary and it’s been a wonderful journey. I came into this not really convinced that I would enjoy any of Bergman’s films, but I was so very, very wrong. I have enjoyed almost every film I have watched, although there’s been a couple I have not […]

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François Truffaut and Isabelle Adjani: Two of Cinema’s Finest Recall L’Histoire d’Adèle H.

It may be neither here nor there as to how French filmmaking great, François Truffaut, shadowed some strong affections for the brash, bright actress, Isabelle Adjani, during the making of L’Histoire d’Adèle H. (The Story of Adèle H.). The world and backstory of cinema has numerous tales of involvement / admiration / alleged romance between those […]

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The Day in a Life of a Woman: Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

There is nothing quite like the 1975 domestic drama Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. A three-hour epic, that follows the life of mother, Jeanne (Delphine Seyrig), as she goes about her day completing mundane tasks – such as peeling potatoes, and washing up. But as the film develops, the mundane slips away and […]

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Bee’s Bergman Diary- Winter Light

We have all had times where we’ve questioned our faith, whether it’s faith in the terms of a religious sense, or faith in humanity. Bergman was very interested in exploring the lives of characters who dealt with an existential crisis, and used the medium of film to explore his own relationship with his faith, religious […]

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The Pitfalls Of Excess – Shampoo Review

Hal Ashby followed up his successful run of early 70’s cinematic triumphs trifecta of The Landlord, Harold & Maude, and The Last Detail with 1975’s sexual and political satire Shampoo. Starring Warren Beatty as a Lothario hairdresser named George, who finds himself juggling three women at once surrounding a 24 hour period during the 1968 […]

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A Stepford Wives Tale: Looking back at the reaction to The Stepford Wives

In 1975, the feminist movement was finally beginning to get results. This movement is often referred to as the ‘second wave’, and is perhaps the one that made the biggest impacts and changes in the lives of women across the world. By 1975, there had been the following achievements: sex discrimination was made a violation […]

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Kubrick’s Picturesque Vision: Barry Lyndon Review

1975 marked an incredible year for American film with an embarrassment of riches throughout the industry. One Flew Over The Cukoo’s Nest, Dog Day Afternoon, Shampoo, Jaws, and Nashville just to name a few of the titles. Largely forgotten despite it’s four Oscar wins is Stanley Kubrick’s breathtaking masterpiece Barry Lyndon. Starring Ryan O’Neal as […]

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Bee’s Bergman Diary – Saraband

It only seems necessary that I watch Bergman’s last film seeing as I watched his first film Torment. Released in 2003, Saraband is a sequel to his 1973 film Scenes From a Marriage. I didn’t actually realise that Saraband was a sequel when I first picked it as part of my Bergman diary, but this […]

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The Stupid – It Burns!! Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Let me be upfront and clear from the start: I love blockbuster films. I grew up in an era where summer meant big-budgeted Hollywood commercial movies, long lines waiting at multiplexes for the season’s must-see hit of the year, special 12:01 am showings with the casual moviegoer and fans alike, both parties anticipating what the filmmakers […]

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Bee’s Bergman Diary: It Rains on Our Love

For my next entry, I decided to visit Bergman’s first directional feature It Rains on Our Love, (Det regnar på vår kärlek). The screenplay was written by Herbert Grevenius and Bergman, based on the Norwegian play Bra Mennesker (Good People). We can certainly see the Bergman we all love and admire emerging behind the camera, […]

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2018 First-Half Favorites: Annihilation

When asked about my favorite movies from the first half of 2018, there’s one film that remains head and shoulders above any other new release I’ve seen this year. This film shook me so much upon my first watch that I went back to watch it again in the theater that very same day. I […]

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Performance: Harriet Andersson in Through a Glass Darkly

I recently gushed over Harriet Andersson for her career-defining performance in Summer with Monika. A catapult, too, for her director Ingmar Bergman. I fell in love  (again) with Andersson the actress, her character, the whole persona. The Swedish actress would mesmerize me when I first came to see her work, from a film eight years […]

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2018 Half-Time Report: Peter Rabbit

2018 is rapidly generating blockbusters with the new Avengers: Infinity War (2018) taking the box office by storm and Disney’s greatly anticipated Incredibles 2 (2018). On a smaller, but just as epic scale, is our fluffy bunny hero Peter Rabbit who hopped onto our screens earlier this year. James Corden plays the loveable memorable character […]

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Performance: Max Von Sydow in The Seventh Seal

Antonious Block (Max Von Sydow) is the Knight who returns from the Crusades to only find Death waiting for him on his home soil, in Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal. One of many films that dealt with the question of mortality, god, and philosophy to come out in the post World War Two era. Block […]

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Laura Gets a Cat

Next month I am going to be 29, *gulps* and I often feel that I haven’t really done much with my life, I am not a home owner, I’m not married with children and at this point in time I don’t even own a car! I’m not alone, there are many millennial’s out there who […]

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Bee’s Bergman Diary: The Silence

This is entry number 6 and I decided to watch The Silence (1963), which is the third in a series of thematically related films, following Through a Glass Darkly (1961) and Winter Light (1963), which is sometimes considered a trilogy by critics and cinephiles alike. Ingmar Bergman himself stated that ”These three films deal with […]

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Searching for Whitney: Kevin Mcdonald’s New Documentary Whitney

Whitney Houston was an icon, a film star, a pop legend, a woman who overcame the odds to rise to the top of stardom. But behind that dazzling smile she was a broken, fragile soul who was always performing as someone else for the world, and never fully embracing who she truly was. Whitney’s life […]

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