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Film Review: Brazil (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: “In a highly structured and bureaucratic state, the government has installed extreme and highly counterproductive measures for which to track down terrorists. A ‘bug’ in the system mixes up the last name of a terrorist (Tuttle) and an innocent man (ironically enough Buttle). Thus, the wrong man (Buttle) is arrested and killed while Tuttle continues to roam free. Sam ...

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Film Review: Alphaville (1965)

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SYNOPSIS: “Lemmy Caution, an American private-eye, arrives in Alphaville, a futuristic city on another planet. His very American character is at odds with the city’s ruler, an evil scientist named Von Braun, who has outlawed love and self-expression.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: One cannot speak of the European ‘New Wave’ movement of the sixties without mentioning French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, who ...

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Film Review: Fantastic Planet (1973)

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SYNOPSIS: “La Planète Sauvage, also known as Fantastic Planet, is a surrealist story based on the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. Set on a far distant world, human beings or ‘Oms’ have been domesticated by the gigantic Draags. Wild Oms however are a problem and are exterminated by the dozen. One domesticated om named Terr is able to escape his masters ...

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Film Review: Hearts Of Darkness – A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991)

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SYNOPSIS: “Documents the sensational events surrounding the making of Apocalypse Now and Francis Ford Coppola’s struggle with nature, governments, actors and self-doubt. Includes footage and sound secretly recorded by Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: Eleanor Coppola taped and filmed her husband, often without his knowledge, on the set of Apocalypse Now (1979) while everything fell apart around ...

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Film Review: Swordfish (2001)

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SYNOPSIS: A secretive renegade counter-terrorist co-opts the world’s greatest hacker (who is trying to stay clean) to steal billions in US Government dirty money. REVIEW: Easily one of John Travolta’s greatest roles, “Swordfish” is a collective of great talent, cinematography, script and slick acting. That memorable opening with the Tarantino-like monolog which quickly moves into a hostage-bomb segment ending badly ...

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Film Review: Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

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SYNOPSIS: “Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, Linda Barrett and Mike Damone, respectively. The centre of the film is held by Jeff Spicoli, a perpetually stoned ...

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Film Review: Doctor No (1962)

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SYNOPSIS: “James Bond 007, seductive British secret agent, has been sent to the West Indies to investigate the disappearance of British agent John Strangway and his secretary. Once arriving, 007 becomes suspicious of scientist Professor Dent, who was the last person to have seen Strangway before he disappeared. After learning Professor Dent is working for a terrorist with metal hands, ...

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Film Review: Velvet Goldmine (1998)

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SYNOPSIS: 1971: Glamrock explodes all over the world and challanges the seriousness within the flowerpower generation by means of glitter and brutal music. Brian Slade, a young rockstar, inspires numerous teenage boys and girls to paint their nails and explore their own sexuality. In the end Slade destroys himself. Unable to escape the role he created for himself, he plots ...

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