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Real Hollywood Movie

The Disaster Artist, dir. James Franco│ The past few years have seen James Franco trying to make a name for himself as a director, after establishing a persona as a committed actor and visual artist. His various efforts as a filmmaker, in particular his series of Faulkner and Steinbeck adaptations (plus a shot at Cormac… Read more »

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Truth in Every Joke

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, dir. Martin McDonagh │Martin McDonagh’s films, in particular In Bruges (2008), are known for their eloquent  vulgarity and the script for Three Billboards is undeniably extremely witty and absurd. Yet what takes the film beyond the point of being simply enjoyable is its ever- surprising emotional depth. For every half-thought-out… Read more »

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History

A Ghost Story, dir. David Lowery│ Who is going to turn up at our funeral? What are they going to remember? What are we leaving behind when we die? Questions everybody has asked themselves before, I assume. But who are we to claim significance over the 100 billion other people that have lived on this… Read more »

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Big Girls Don’t Cry

The Beguiled, dir. Sofia Coppola│With The Beguiled, Sofia Coppola chose a story well suited to her interest in female desire and the insensitivity of men. When a little girl finds Irish Corporal John McBurney (Colin Farrell) in dire straits in some luxurious South Virginia woods and takes him to her half-empty all-female seminary, the wounded… Read more »

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Kino przetrwa wszystko

Dawson City: Frozen Time, dir. Bill Morrison│Był rok 1978 kiedy w jednym z basenów w kanadyjskim miasteczku Dawson City znaleziono paczkę z taśmami filmowymi. Ktoś próbował je bezskutecznie utopić. Wcześniej, ktoś inny chciał je spalić. Jeszcze wcześniej, ktoś jeszcze inny usiłował je zakopać. Wieki temu te taśmy wydawały się bowiem bezwartościowe. Świat szalał na punkcie… Read more »

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Taking the Edge Off Things

The Edge of Seventeen, dir. Kelly Fremon Craig│Though it seemed at least initially rather out of place in the programme at TIFF this year, the mainstream teen movie The Edge of Seventeen fully deserved to be seen by film critics and a festival audience before being released in cinemas and on VOD platforms. For, under… Read more »

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Contentment with Contemptuous Content

Blue Jay, dir. Alex Lehmann│Something of a founding father for that particular indie aesthetic which reclaims awkwardness and sentimentalism as the defining characteristic of millennials, Mark Duplass seems keen to try out this sensibility in every conceivable genre and medium, adopting myriad roles in the process from producer and director to screenwriter and actor. After… Read more »

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Everything Goes Wrong

Dog Eat Dog, dir. Paul Schrader│ Paul Schrader’s last official effort as director was The Canyons, a supremely odd, low budget attack on the hollowness of the Los Angeles lifestyle and contemporary Hollywood. Schrader himself disowns the more recent Dying of the Light since the film was taken out of his hands by its producers… Read more »

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Matrix

Creative Control, dir. Benjamin Dickinson│David skrupulatnie buduje sobie wielopiętrowy, wirtualny świat. W pracy konstruuje kampanię reklamową dla nowej generacji okularów pozwalających widzieć rzeczywistość w lepszych barwach. W głowie żyje fantazjami na temat potencjalnego romansu z dziewczyną kolegi. W domu – przechodzi kryzys, z którym nie może sobie dać rady.