Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke, 2013) & A Night of the Sunflowers (Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo, 2006).
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Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke, 2013) & A Night of the Sunflowers (Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo, 2006).

I’d found these two films randomly in an ex-rentals bin at my local library. After watching both I was surprised how similar the two films were despite being completely different countries, China and Spain. Both shared similarities, narratively and thematically, and showed a  combination of social realism and dream-like visual landscapes. Rather conspicuously, these could … Continue reading

You were never really here (Lynn Ramsey, 2018).
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You were never really here (Lynn Ramsey, 2018).

I’ve always liked Lynn Ramsey. She’s more of an auteur ‘arthouse’ director like David Lynch, Harmony Korine or  Nicolas Winding Refn than someone who’s interested in genre or narrative storytelling like Tarantino, Fincher or Nolan. Her films are visual experiences, like dreams, than actual stories with a beginning, middle and end. Often there is no … Continue reading

The Wall (Doug Limon, 2017)
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The Wall (Doug Limon, 2017)

Strangely, I’d only discovered this film a few weeks ago when I’d found it in a second hand dvd shop. Doug Limon’s a favourite director of mine, and who appeared from the same gen-X Independants as directors like Alexander Payne, David O’Russell and Richard Linklater. His low budget features Swingers (1996) and GO (1999) remain benchmarks in … Continue reading

Universal Credit and the ‘Welfare Trap’ 2017
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Universal Credit and the ‘Welfare Trap’ 2017

I’d watched an interesting debate which was broadcast on February this year between  Lord Freud, the architect of Universal Credit, and the Benefits and Welfare Committee. I’ve transcribed some of Lord Freud’s answers to the committee’s questions further below. I don’t have too much of a problem finding work or getting interviews, but it was … Continue reading