Quiet on the set: Breaking down the opening shot in Altman’s The Player

”Quiet on the set,” are the first words we hear in the opening of Robert Altman’s The Player (1992), and instantly we know that we’re witnessing something that seems rare, and seldom heard of  by those outside the film industry.

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Let’s get critical: A new study confirms that film critics are mostly white men

What do Roger Ebert, Peter Travers, David Edelstein, Glenn Kenny, Owen Gleiberman and Mark Kermode all in common? Well, three things: firstly their occupation, secondly their gender and lastly their ethnicity. A recent study conducted by USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, entitled ‘Critic’s Choice’ has confirmed something that I have been aware about […]

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Take My Breath Away: In Defence of 1983’s Breathless

Breathless looks music-video slick and drips with style, creating the sense of a heightened reality set on the streets of L.A. This is the nouvelle vague for the MTV generation. The story and characters in both films may seem similar, but to call the 1983 Breathless a remake is a naive assumption.

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First Reactions: Suspiria

We open with the chilling score which immediately unsettles us, the music is high-pitched, eerie and disturbing, like a wailing wind. The medium shot of Dakota Johnson clasping her hand over her heart, wearing a pained expression only heightens the feeling of unease. She takes a deep breath, and the camera zooms in tighter on […]

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Mind Games: Revisting David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone

You are either in possession of a very new human ability… or a very old one. Dr. Sam Weizak (Herbert Lom) 1983 saw four film adaptations of Stephen King’s works; Christine, Cujo, the short film The Woman in the Room and David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone. Out of these four, I would argue that The […]

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Local Hero: A Romantic Postcard from Scotland to the Rest of the World

I am proud of my Scottish roots, although I am sorry to say that I have only been there as a child. I will make a promise to make the journey there to return to my homeland. Scotland is often seen in a negative light, from the likes of Trainspotting, to Flith and NEDs. With these […]

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So Long and Thanks for all the Laughs: Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

Whenever life gets you down, Mrs. Brown, And things seem hard or tough, And people are stupid, obnoxious or daft, And you feel that you’ve had quite eno-o-o-o-o-ough, Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving And revolving at 900 miles an hour. The Galaxy Song Growing up in my rather eccentric household, […]

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Sink Your Teeth Into This: Revisiting The Hunger (1983)

Nothing Human Loves Forever Tagline for The Hunger Miriam (Catherine Deneuve) and John (David Bowie), are your typically average elegant, fashion conscious and yuppie vampires-next-door living in a chic modern-day Manhattan mansion. They perform classical music in the daytime, and party at nighttime, luring young unsuspecting youths back for a foursome. There is a threat […]

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Revenge Never Looked So Good: Terminal Review

In another time, and another place, this stylish noir thriller follows the twisting tales of two assassins (Max Irons & Dexter Fletcher) carrying out a sinister mission, a teacher (Simon Pegg) battling a fatal illness, a simple janitor (Mike Myers) and a curious waitress (Margot Robbie) leading a dangerous double life. Murderous consequences unravel in […]

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Exclusive Interview: Kevin McDonagh, director of The Birmingham Film Festival

We here at Filmotomy were lucky to get a chance to speak to Kevin McDonagh, the director the Birmingham Film Festival and as you now we love film festivals especially those festivals who campaign independent cinema. Being born and bred in the West Midlands of the UK, the Birmingham film festival feels extra special to […]

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Wildling Review

Anna (Bel Powley) spends her entire childhood under the care of a mysterious man she only knows as Daddy (Brad Dourif). He keeps her locked in an attic, telling her that the Wildling, a child-eating monster that roams the outside and that it’s best that she stays inside. An even she wanted to leave, Daddy […]

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Baby on Board: Review of Cargo

Cargo is a 2018 Australian post-apocalyptic thriller film written by Yolanda Ramke and directed by Ramke and Ben Howling, the film is based on Ramke and Howling’s short film Cargo which was one of the most original and moving short films that I have ever seen. This feature-length version of the film features Martin Freeman, […]

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Happy Birthday Helena

Helena Bonham Carter is a national treasure, who is a talented actress who can transform into any character she wishes. To celebrate her birthday on the 26th May, I decided to do a top 5 best performances like I usually do, but I have to admit this was a hard one because there are so […]

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O’ Brother, Where Art Thou? A Coen Brothers Odyssey

I am a man of constant sorrow, I’ve seen trouble all my day I bid farewell to old Kentucky, The place where I was born and raised -O’ Brother Where Art Thou “Be strong, saith my heart; I am a soldier; I have seen worse sights than this.” ― Homer, The Odyssey In this piece, […]

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A descent into Neil Marshall’s The Descent

I made the mistake of trying to watch The Descent alone for this piece, and half hour into the film I remembered why it still remains part of a handful of horror films which truly frighten me. To celebrate Neil Marshall’s birthday on the 25th May, I thought I would revisit this film and discuss […]

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The Coen’s get Serious… Sort of – A Serious Man Review

As filmmakers the Coen Brothers have always managed to blend broad, bright comedy with the darkness of human nature. And the same is apparent here in their film A Serious Man. The film is effective in its presentation of the truly goddamn depressing (death, divorce and dentistry), with the amusing bizarreness of life and finding beauty […]

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First Reactions: Under the Silver Lake

I rather enjoyed David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows, it was an entertaining, fresh debut which left a lasting impression. So, I was eagerly anticipating his next film, and from my first impressions Under the Silver Lake looks to be just as good as It Follows, if not better. Before I even watched the trailer, I […]

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Hopping Mad: Just who was the ”real” Dennis Hopper?

May 17th is Dennis Hopper’s birthday, if he was still alive today (he passed away in 2010) he would be 82, but it was a surprise to many that he managed to make in out of the 1970s let alone into his seventies. The name Dennis Hopper will forever be cemented to the New Hollywood […]

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First Reactions: Beoning / Burning

This is rather a teaser trailer than an actual full length trailer, but still is helps to build up the suspense, tension and mood of the film in an effective manner which leaves you eager to know more about this South Korean thriller. The trailer opens with a misty path and it’s hard to work […]

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