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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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The Metamorphosis of Birds (Review): Peaceful, Sensory Reflection

Striking in its abstract form and hypnotic in its unique compositions, The Metamorphosis of Birds is a deeply personal consideration of life, death and the natural world.

Yuni (Glasgow Review): Quietly Determined Liberation

Shining a fierce light on the societal issue of arranged marriage, Yuni is an affecting, meticulously crafted drama from a director in full control of her craft.

Ali & Ava (Review): Bradford-Based Romance is a Delight

Ali & Ava might feel thematically slight, but this comforting drama warms the heart and soul with its central romantic relationship.

Cow (Review): A Strong Addition to the Farmyard Animal Canon

In her first documentary feature Cow, Andrea Arnold concocts a deeply profound and strikingly resonant film about a mother’s forced separation from her child.

Petrov’s Flu (Review): A Mind-Bending Kaleidoscope of Ideas

Dystopian sci-fi Petrov’s Flu is an intriguing but cluttered mixture of thoughts and musings on Russian society, which makes for a fresh but sometimes frustrating watch.

Licorice Pizza (Review): A Euphoric Californian Dream

Like taking a time machine back to the 1970s, Licorice Pizza is a delightful piece of cinema, one rich with detail, character and an undeniably charming playfulness.

Memoria (Review): An Enticing, Beguiling Masterpiece

Memoria is director Apichatpong Weerasethakul at his best and most daring, with its hypnotic tone and startlingly refreshing conclusion.

The Best Original Film Scores of 2021

We look back at what has been an excellent and varied year for original film scores and rank the 10 best to emerge from 2021.

Asakusa Kid (Review): Predictable but Tender Biopic

Asakusa Kid is not the sprawling account of Takeshi Kitano’s life you might expect, but instead is a satisfyingly intimate, focussed view of his formative years.

Encounter (Review): Intriguingly Fresh Sci-fi Drama

Encounter is a paranoid tragedy masquerading as a science fiction thriller, featuring fine work from Riz Ahmed and a deeply human current running through its centre.