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William Stottor

For many years my phone alarm was set to the opening theme of Taxi Driver, which is unsurprisingly a very dramatic and rather dark way to wake up. It was just one way for me to experience the wonderful world of film and more specifically scores and soundtracks, a passion that was ignited when I was just a teenager seeing Danny Boyle’s Sunshine in the cinema for the first time. Watching films is a huge part of my life and I am in a constant battle with my ever-growing watchlist.

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Deerskin Review: Dujardin Dazzles in Absurdist Horror

Deerskin is director Quentin Dupieux’s latest foray into the sublimely surreal and is anchored by strong performances from Jean Dujardin and Adèle Haenel.

Bo Burnham: Inside: Side-splitting Comedy Special (Review)

Bo Burnham: Inside is one of the greatest films to emerge from the pandemic, an always funny, frequently scathing and often emotional tour-de-force of comedy.

Goodbye, Dragon Inn: A Bittersweet Ode to Cinema (Review)

Goodbye, Dragon Inn is a meditative, impactful farewell to a cinema in Taipei and exerts even more resonance when looked at through the lens of the past year.

The Taiwanese Tales of Edward Yang

To round off our celebration of Asian Heritage Month, we look at three of Edward Yang’s finest films and at what makes them so powerful in their complexity and so long-standing in their impact.

The 10 Greatest East Asian Films, Ranked

To celebrate Asian Heritage Month, we look at the 10 greatest East Asian films ever made, ranked from worst to best and with selections ranging from the 1950s right up to 2019.

Proper Binge: Gritty but Hopeful Drama (Review)

With its black and white tone and grounded realism, Proper Binge is a rightfully uncomfortable descent into alcoholism.

Things Heard & Seen: A Ghost Story with Intelligence (Review)

Despite a lack of clear direction, Things Heard and Seen remains a complex and engaging relationship drama with impressive lead performances from Amanda Seyfried and James Norton.

The Kid Detective: A Witty, Stylish Noir Mystery (Review)

Oozing with style and delivering a top-notch mystery story, The Kid Detective is a refreshing piece of cinema with a poignant performance from Adam Brody.

Moffie (Film Review): Heavy Themes in Apartheid War Romance

Analysing racism and homophobia in 1980s South Africa, Moffie is necessarily difficult viewing and on occasion surprisingly beautiful.

Rūrangi (BFI Flare Review): Celebrating Trans Representation

One of the finest and most memorable films of the year so far, Rūrangi is a textbook guide on how to create a compelling drama.