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    Cannes 2015: ‘Macbeth’ and the reliable charm of Michael Fassbender

    The final film in competition, Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth delivers a spectacle of dripping blood, slow-motion battle scenes, sprawling Scottish highlands and Michael Fassbender. Fassbender stars as the Scottish warrior turned regicide and paranoid monarch, who after a particularly bloody battle has a vision of three witches predicting he will be King of Scotland. Macbeth starts out as an honorable soldier loyal to King Duncan (David Thewlis) and decides to only become king the “natural way”. However, after imprudently sharing the witches’ prophecy with his wife, played by Marion Cotillard, Macbeth finds himself constrained by her ambitious power lust. More

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    Wide World of Horror: ‘Snowtown (The Snowtown Murders)’

    Snowtown (The Snowtown Murders) Written by Shaun Grant Directed by Justin Kurzel Australia, 2011 When does using a trope devalue a film? That’s a question that far too often horror filmmakers aren’t willing to ask of themselves. Snowtown is yet another example of a film dragged down by its dogmatic adherence to a common horror […] More

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    Ricky D’s 50 Favourite Films of 2012 (Part Two)

      25: The Dark Knight Rises Directed by Christopher Nolan Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan 2012, USA The Dark Knight Rises feels as if it was made up of two equal halves, with the most critical moment of the film breaking the movie in half, almost literally. While the second half may have […] More

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    Ricky D’s 50 Favourite Films of 2012 (Part One)

    2012 wasn’t a bad year for movies. It was actually a great year. The problem is, the movies we were most anticipating, specifically the Hollywood blockbusters like Prometheus and The Hobbit, didn’t live up to our expectations. With that said I still managed to make a list of 50 films I loved. Maybe I just […] More

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    ‘The Snowtown Murders’ has no qualms wallowing in dread

    The Snowtown Murders Directed by Justin Kurzel Written by Shaun Grant Australia, 2011 Snowtown possesses a constant bleak and dreary atmosphere that uniquely cloaks the characters that inhabit the film. Although the film tells the true story of Australia’s most notorious serial killer, it’s a film less about the how and why of the killings, and […] More

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    2012: The Best Movies of February

    Every thirty days, I like to post a list of my favorite films I’ve recently watched. Here are the best films I’ve seen throughout the month of September. This list is based on movies theatrically released here in Canada, and I do not include what I have seen at film festivals. **** 1: The Turin […] More

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    2012′s Great Movie Moments: February

    At the end of each month, the Sound On Sight staff will band together to write an article about their favourite scenes in films released. Here are our favourite scenes from the month of February. **** A Separation – Opening scene A Separation opens with a simple but wonderful stationary shot that quickly sets everything […] More

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    ‘The Snowtown Murders’, a strong directorial debut, showing great promise for a first time filmmaker

    The Snowtown Murders Directed by Justin Kurzel Screenplay by Shaun Grant 2011, Australia First-time director Justin Kurzel and screenwriter Shaun Grant, using pointers from the books The Snowtown Murders and Killing for Pleasure, tell the story of John Bunting, Australia’s most notorious serial killer, whose modus operandi led to his 1990s killing spree – dubbed […] More

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