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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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Where Is Anne Frank: Film Review

Ari Folman’s well-meaning Where Is Anne Frank will work as an educational tool for children but struggles to feel complete or effective as a feature film.

El Gran Movimiento (Review): A City in Flux

Kiro Russo captures a tormented, changing La Paz in his latest film, El Gran Movimiento, with Antonioni-esque style and mesmerising results.

Medusa (2022): Film Review

Religious fanaticism and oppressive masculinity hang heavy over Medusa, Anita Rocha da Silveira’s visually resplendent and thematically compelling film.

The Quiet Girl: Film Review

Colm Bairéad’s The Quiet Girl is one of 2022’s best films so far, thanks to its moving narrative, perfectly realised performances and evocative cinematography.

Wayfinder (Review): A Mystical Journey Through England

In his first feature film Wayfinder, British-Ghanaian artist Larry Achiampong hypnotises with his epic, beautiful and challenging account of England.

Mondocane Film Review: A Dirty Dystopian Thriller

Drawing on franchises such as Mad Max, Mondocane ’s impressive worldbuilding and engaging story stand out even amongst its lack of originality and innovation.

Blue Velvet (Review): David Lynch’s Mercurial Masterpiece

One of the defining films of the 1980s, David Lynch’s Blue Velvet is a deranged, terrifying masterwork of exquisite visual prowess and controversial subject matter.

The Terminal: Film Review

Spielberg’s airport-based, slapstick-style The Terminal is cheesy, saccharine, simplistic – and it’s absolutely wonderful.

Vortex (Film Review): The Suffocating Mortality of Humans

Gaspar Noé’s Vortex is a haunting rumination on old age and death, but lacks the narrative and emotional consistency needed to make it fully engaging.

Small Body: Film Review

Slow-burn drama Small Body is a delicately realised portrait of a mother on a quest to find peace for both herself and her stillborn baby.