Bee’s Bergman Diary- Hour of the Wolf

This is entry number 5 and we are half way through my challenge to watch 10 films by Ingmar Bergman. Although I must admit I have been watching other films by the director as well, simply to fill in the gaps. Even though, I won’t be writing about Persona, I think watching it along with […]

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Bee’s Bergman Diary- Torment

Technically speaking, Torment (Hets) wasn’t directed by Ingmar Bergman. In fact the film was directed by Alf Sjoberg with the screenplay being written by Ingmar Bergman. Bergman did direct the last scenes, which were put in later when the producer rejected the original ending. Bergman detailed in his second autobiography Images: My Life in Film, […]

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Bee’s Bergman Diary – Wild Strawberries

When I was told that we were celebrating the 100th Birthday of Ingmar Bergman, I was a little embarrassed by the sheer lack of Bergman films I have watched. I’ve always intended to get around to watching more of the auteur’s filmography, but for some reason life has always gotten in the way. There are […]

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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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Pauline à la plage: Yet Another Alluring Éric Rohmer Love Lesson

Éric Rohmer’s third Comédies et proverbes from the 1980s is yet another masterful grasp of the human language of, and lessons in, love. Pauline à la plage (Pauline at the Beach) is a delectable, perceptive, heart-on-sleeve entry into our 1983 in Film series. Rohmer had delved with such affairs for three decades before Pauline stepped onto that beach. […]

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100 Explorations of World Cinema – Dah

“[Abbas] Kiarostami gave the Iranian cinema the international credibility that it has today. But his films were unfortunately not seen as much in Iran. He changed the world’s cinema; he freshened it and humanised it in contrast with Hollywood’s rough version.” – – – – – Mohsen Makhmalbaf Persepolis Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud – Iran / […]

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100 Explorations of World Cinema – Nove

“Do you really think a man must be strong, masculine, dominating, and the woman frail, obedient and sensitive? This is a conventional idea. Reality is quite different.” – – – – – Michelangelo Antonioni Le meraviglie / The Wonders Alice Rohrwacher – Italy, 2014 Back at the Cannes Film Festival this year with Lazzaro Felice, ambiguous, […]

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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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First Reactions: Dogman

The trailer begins with rather uplifting music accompanying shots of an urban town, two children are playing on a swing set, and it looks innocent enough. Surely, this can’t be the film that I’ve read about?According to the synopsis I have read online, Dogman‘s plot has been inspired by a homicide committed by a dog […]

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First Reactions: Todos lo saben / Everybody Knows

After the previous success of The Salesman and A Separation, one would have almost expected director Asghar Farhadi to make his next film in the English language. Instead Farhadi surprised us all by announcing that his next film would be in Spanish. The film’s trailer starts off with a charming family drama atmosphere, bright and […]

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100 Explorations of World Cinema – Ba

“Fans in China are very different from those overseas. In China, many people really love me and care about my life. But there is always some jealousy mixed up in this feeling of love. I think that is the big difference. Overseas, there is none of that.” – – – – – Gong Li Bàwáng […]

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100 Explorations of World Cinema – Siedem

“You make films to give people something, to transport them somewhere else, and it doesn’t matter if you transport them to a world of intuition or a world of intellect…The realm of superstitions, fortune-telling, presentiments, intuition, dreams, all this is the inner life of a human being, and all this is the hardest thing to […]

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100 Explorations of World Cinema – Sechs

“I hope to build a house with my films. Some of them are the cellar, some are the walls, and some are the windows. But I hope in time there will be a house.” – – – – – Rainer Werner Fassbinder Victoria Sebastian Schipper – Germany, 2015 Motion pictures are crafted from so many […]

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100 Explorations of World Cinema – Besh

“If I had the body and the voice of an alpha male, it would be easier. It took nine years from leaving film school until Mustang was screened at Cannes, and those years were demoralising. It’s difficult not to be affected.” – – – – – Deniz Gamze Ergüven Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da / Once Upon […]

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100 Explorations of World Cinema – Si

“When I was on The View, Barbara Walters was asking me about the blood and stuff, and I said, ‘Well, you know, that’s a staple of Japanese cinema.’ And then she came back, ‘But this is America.’ And I go, ‘I don’t make movies for America. I make movies for planet Earth.’” – – – […]

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100 Explorations of World Cinema – Tria

“The heart-wrenching musical drama unfolds as (Costas) Ferris – a respected songwriter – uses the rembetiko as a source of pride amid the chaos. The music serves as a vessel for  (Greek) cultural memory and political commentary.” – – – – – Christina Newland Ifigeneia / Iphigenia Michael Cacoyannis – Greece, 1977 On first seeing the […]

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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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Review: The Night I Swam

Children have a habit of getting into mischief, and certainly the child protagonist of Takara, la nuit où j’ai nagé (The Night I Swam) is a mischievous character who is one of those children you have to watch like a hawk. The film is a collaboration by two directors, one is a French director (Damien Manivel, the director […]

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Free To Watch On MUBI Now: 7 Movies You Haven’t Seen

The undiscovered world of film for many of you will include the movie on demand website MUBI. This is more than just a streaming service. Not only does MUBI allow you to watch so many off-the-radar films, but it is also a vast community of film-lovers, an endless movie catalog, as well as an abundance […]

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92 Countries To Compete For Foreign Language Film At The Oscars

A record 92 countries have submitted films to be considered for the final shortlist in the Foreign Language Film category at the 90th Academy Awards. This includes a few familiar successes from the Cannes Film Festival, as well as an array of female directed films. The international range of cinema truly is one of my […]

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