How Jaws Changed My Life and the World

Like most people, I’ll never forget the first time I saw Jaws. My parents had a copy of Peter Benchley’s original novel on our bookshelf at home. I had always wanted to see the film adaptation. It was scheduled to be shown on television on a Saturday night in 1990. I was six years old and begged […]

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Want To Write About Movies For Filmotomy? *** Unpaid ***

*** Not Paid Employment – But We’ll Treat You Like Gold *** You love to write about film, right? Our site Filmotomy is in full-throttle this past year – busier than we have ever been. But that ain’t enough. We have a great team of enthusiastic writers that churn out all manner of pieces. But […]

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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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The 20 Greatest Ingmar Bergman Films: 10 – 6

Into the top ten of Ingmar Bergman’s finest feature films – as voted for by you. Thanks to FilmStruck for their terrific and timely Bergman range. Stay tuned for the final five. 10) Sommaren med Monika / Summer with Monika (1953) WATCH ON FILMSTRUCK US WATCH ON ITUNES US WATCH ON AMAZON UK 9) Tystnaden […]

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Happy Birthday Ingmar! The 20 Greatest Bergman Films: 20 – 11

Today, Ernst Ingmar Bergman would have turned the grand old age of 100. Sadly, Bergman passed away in 2007 (in fact he died on the same day as Michelangelo Antonioni). Bergman left behind a legacy that filmmakers can only dream of, and others have yet to beat. With a record 60 film credits to his […]

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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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Pan’s Labyrinth defeats Amelie in the Filmotomy World Cup Final 2018

There is no official such party as the Film Integrated Soccer Association (FISA), but it exists as long as we can combine football / soccer with the world of film. And so that is what we did. Combining the format of the current World Cup with our love for movies. International cinema. And here we […]

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Coppola’s Dream Familial Noir: Rumble Fish Review

Rusty James (Matt Dillon) longs for the days of gang warfare and the loyalties borne out of life in the gritty streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Rumble Fish is the tale of a local street tough trying to live up to the perceived reputation of his older brother Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke). We’re taken by Director […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 30: Was 1983 Such A Poor Year For Film?

Flashdance

Podcast 30 already, and we rewind all the way back to 1983 to discuss the notion of it being one of the very worst years in cinema. Is it really? Filmotomy Deputy Editor Steve Schweighofer is your host this week to help us investigate. He recruits the varied film expertise of Daniel Smith-Rowsey, Rob Motto, […]

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Ranked: The Films of the Coen Brothers

Total silence, two can play at that game, pal. Remember to always put one in the brain. What’s the most you ever lost on a coin toss? Being shown the life of the mind. Plonking the fish on the lighter will be a giveaway. You’re obviously not a golfer. It’s not his cat. Working your […]

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Filmotomy Podcast Episode 29 – They’re Remaking Which Movie?

The new edition of the podcast this week features just the two participants. But it is no less engaging I can tell you. Host Bianca Garner is accompanied by Rob Motto, and they dig into the age-old notion of the movie remake. Which ones out-shined their originals? Which shouldn’t have even bothered? Why would they […]

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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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Vote: Ranking The Films of Joel and Ethan Coen

At Filmotomy the next directors we are eager to cross paths with are the Coen Brothers, Ethan and Joel. The 10 Days of the Coen Brothers run from Sunday 20th May (straight after the Cannes Film Festival closes) through to Tuesday 29th May. Reviews, insights, technical analysis, basically some thrilling coverage. And of course we’re […]

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The Visual Virtuosity of Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs

The controversy surrounding Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 thriller Straw Dogs comes from a moment in the film that depicts one of the most harrowing rape scenes in cinematic history. Straw Dogs is also one of the most visually inventive, well edited, and stylistically fresh films I’ve ever seen. Peckinpah has an incredible ability to piece a […]

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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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Celebrate the Greatest Performances of Al Pacino

Al Pacino

While many of you voted in the poll for what you considered the greatest performances by Al Pacino, the legendary actor was heading towards his 78th birthday. A career beyond remarkable on so many exceptional levels. Picking Pacino’s finest acting moments is not an easy feat. The extraordinary range of characters, the tempo of his […]

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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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Last Tango in Paris and the Context of Memory

What started with I am Curious Yellow in the late 60s begat 1971’s challenging jamborees such as A Clockwork Orange, WR: Mysteries of the Organism, Ken Russell’s The Devils. 70s auteurs pushed the envelope without remorse – or fear. To experience Last Tango in Paris in the same context in which it first appeared is simply impossible now, but we were ready back then.

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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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Filmotomy Wants Film Writers *** Unpaid ***

Filmotomy now has the unwavering support of two recently appointed Deputy Editors in Bianca Garner and Steve Schweighofer. As the site continues to grow, the high demand to maintain and expand on the vast content means that Filmotomy now wants to acquire new film writers. Filmotomy is not like the average website reporting on the […]

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