Love is… When Real Life Would Make A Great Movie

In real life, 10 years is a long time. On film, 10 years can drift by like the dawn of autumn breeze. It can be told in chapters, montage, even a non-linear narrative. Time is perhaps, then, immeasurable to us. Whether in the lives we lead or the movies we make or watch. Our comprehension […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 28: All Hail The B Movie

This week’s podcast takes a swift turn off the usual road, as the discussion heads for the elusive B movie. No, not bee, B. That gobby broad Bianca is the host, and joined by wise-guy Steve and double-crossing Rob. They dig the dirt on the movies they class as B movies, using a shovel so […]

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50 Festival de Cannes Winners You Can Watch Right Now – 5 of 5

So there we have it, 50 Cannes winners from years gone by. What are your favorite winners from the festival? Which films do you feel should have won that didn’t? Feel free to bombard us with comments below. Go enjoy the festivities. * * * * * Nicolas Winding Refn – 2011 Prix de la mise […]

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50 Festival de Cannes Winners You Can Watch Right Now – 4 of 5

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The penultimate chunk of Cannes winners available to stream features yet another talented bunch. Of course there are many, many more great Cannes victors you can watch right now – let us know in the comments what you recommend, or perhaps what you might be looking for. * * * * * Bérénice Bejo – […]

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50 Festival de Cannes Winners You Can Watch Right Now – 3 of 5

Straight onto the third batch of 10 former Cannes winners you can stream online. Many of the links are country specific (like America, UK, France), but if you are wondering about access in other countries let me know, I’ll try and find them. For now, take a look at the next lot. * * * […]

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50 Festival de Cannes Winners You Can Watch Right Now – 2 of 5

The second set of winners from the history of Cannes was already set to include the Italian filmmaker Ermanno Olmi for his Palme d’Or win in 1978. Sadly, he passed away just prior to this year’s festival, making his entry here all the more poignant and essential. God rest his soul. His most famous film […]

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50 Festival de Cannes Winners You Can Watch Right Now – 1 of 5

Bonjour from Cannes. Or bonjour to you all in Cannes. The true festive season is upon as we travel over to the French Riviera for arguably the world’s finest film festival. Whether you’re there in body or spirit, we are baking in the excitement here at Filmotomy. So much so, we have scoured the internet […]

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100 Explorations of World Cinema – Deux

“Abdellatif Kechiche is one of the greatest, most famous directors in France, and I love the trance-like feeling that you get with his cinema. I love how he starts from a simple story and builds something powerful, and I love the way he does justice to women in his movies.‘It’s always intimidating meeting someone when […]

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100 Explorations of World Cinema – Uno

“I also wanted to express the strength of cinema to hide reality, while being entertaining. Cinema can fill in the empty spaces of your life and your loneliness.” – – – – – Pedro Almodóvar Time to explore the wondrous world of cinema. A bunch of us manic movie writers have taken great pleasure in […]

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Guest Review – A Quiet Place

Playing our nerves and frequently our imaginations, horror movies, when done right, can set the tone. And if films like Jaws made us afraid to go in the water, A Quiet Place John Krasinski’s latest film, will make you afraid to utter a sound. The film, produced with a budget of $7M, had an impressive Box Office […]

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100 Must See Documentary Films – File Ten

“When I left university I was working for a documentary film company for six or seven years to the great relief of my father whose greatest waking fear was that I would become an actor.” – – – Sam Neill Koyaanisqatsi (1982) Godfrey Reggio The unbalanced life forms in so many words the sub-title and translation […]

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100 Must See Documentary Films – File Nine

“It’s a funny thing with documentary films – you want them to feel as entertaining and as gripping as a fictional film. With a fictional film you want it to feel as realistic as a documentary film.” – – – Jonathan Demme Dior and I (2015) Frédéric Tcheng A large chunk of audiences had already made […]

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100 Must See Documentary Films – File Eight

“There is so much investment in it of people’s labor time that it will never make money. But there are other documentaries that you might make that are sort of on assignment for television that turn around in three to six months. Then the margin can be much be better for you because you’re not […]

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Festival de Cannes Update: Additions to Selection Line-up

As expected, there are some film additions to the 71st Cannes Film Festival line-ups. Familiar names Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Lars von Trier will be in Cannes after all. Danish diretor von Trier returns after being banned for his inappropriate comments during a press conference for Melancholia in 2011 – though he will not be […]

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100 Must See Documentary Films – File Seven

“I’ve been encouraging documentary filmmakers to use more and more humor, and they’re loath to do that because they think if it’s a documentary it has to be deadly serious – it has to be like medicine that you’re supposed to take. And I think it’s what keeps the mass audience from going to documentaries.” […]

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Vote: The Greatest Performances of Al Pacino

Al Pacino

So it’s Al Pacino’s birthday next week. We were going to through him a surprise party, but the last time we did that for him he pulled a tantrum when we wouldn’t say hello to his little friend. I told him he was out of order, he then told me I was out of order, […]

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100 Must See Documentary Films – File Six

“When you’re shooting a feature that costs $200,000 a day with a crew of 250, you don’t want accidents; you want to know exactly what’s going to happen. But with a documentary, you don’t, so you have to be sensitive to accidents because that is where the gold is.” – – – Sydney Pollack She’s […]

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100 Must See Documentary Films – File Five

“I try to learn from both, from features and documentaries. In both cases you have to find a way to make the camera as discreet as possible, and flexible enough to be able to capture the moment when it happens. I know from documentary how to not have a preconceived idea of what the scene […]

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71st Festival de Cannes Film Line-up

As the 71st Cannes Film Festival quickly approaches, the French Riviera is alive with the sound of movies. That is, if you can hear it above the Oohs and Aahs from the proclaimed lack of female directors, the ill-timed Netflix fiasco, early screenings and red carpet selfie halt. The official selection for the 2018 festival […]

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100 Must See Documentary Films – File Four

“I like the idea of the documentary as a portrait. There’s not a chronological beginning, middle, and end structure. You build something in the editing room that’s shaped by getting to know the person and digging deeper, unpeeling the layers of them as you get to know them.” – – – Spike Jonze Side by […]

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100 Must See Documentary Films – File Three

“You kind of form a bond with your subjects, in a way. You’re in it together. To a degree that people don’t realize, documentary films – or at least the kind of documentary films I’m interested in – are a collaborative undertaking with the subjects.” – – – Steve James Nuit et brouillard / Night […]

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