Category Archives: Movies

Leaving things unsaid

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Speaking on BBC Radio 3’s Essential Classics programme this morning, Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with a Pearl Earring, made an insightful comment about great art, one that resonated strongly with me – that questions are more important than answers. The context was what drew her to Johannes Vermeer’s famous painting as the inspiration for her novel (made into a… Read more »

Perfectionism or gloss?

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A recent article on the BBC website treads the old, familiar territory of film directors as tyrants. In particular, the piece talks about the habit of some directors – such as Stanley Kubrick, Charlie Chaplin, David Fincher and Ridley Scott – of demanding dozens of takes to get the shot ‘just right’. The article gently nudges you towards the conclusion that… Read more »

‘Impasse’ – now online

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The ‘director’s cut’ of Impasse is now online, on Vimeo. Unlike most director’s cuts, this one is actually shorter than the original version of the film. I like it slightly better, but if I get badgered enough, I may upload the longer version too. The difference in running length is just over a minute. I think of Impasse as our student film,… Read more »

It couldn’t be worse…

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As a huge fan of Tim Burton’s movie Ed Wood, it’s strange that it’s taken me so long to get around to watching Plan 9 from Outer Space, unquestionably Wood’s masterpiece. But last night, Trish & I finally settled down to enjoy this classic of the silver screen. Wonderful. It was one of the most entertaining 78 minutes of my… Read more »