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    Best Films of 2015 so far (part 1)

    Picking the best movies that come out in any given year is no easy feat. With over 800 movies released theatrically, there’s plenty to digest. As we reach the halfway point of the year, we decided to publish a list of our favourite movies thus far, in hopes that our readers can catch up on […] More

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    SOS This Week #8: Remakes, Reboots, and Rehashes

    It seems like just about every movie coming out nowadays is either a reboot or remake of a classic film. With a slate of summer movies that includes this week’s Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it seems every more likely that Hollywood won’t stop digging into […] More

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    Watch the trailer for experimental Cannes smash ‘The Tribe’

    “Love and hate need no translation.” Heralded as a daringly experimental drama, The Tribe is a Ukranian film set at a boarding school for the deaf. There is no spoken dialogue, and no subtitles for the sign language used throughout. But that doesn’t keep this first trailer from appearing any less intense. Here’s the official […] More

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    Obsessed with Pop Culture: Best of the Week

      Departure Day: When it comes to TV, is closure important? If you happen to follow a decent number of TV critics on Twitter, you may have noticed a minor eruption of late. A schism has emerged, prompted by accounts like The Cancellation Bear, which concerns itself solely with the topic of whether or not series […] More

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    LFF 2014: ‘The Tribe’ an original, provocative, brutal, and discombobulating work

    Once every few years a film comes along which immediately feels so original, vital and provocative that your preconceived expectations of the art-form are challenged. Whilst that inspiring instinct is invoked by The Tribe, it is also suppressed by the film’s unrelenting brutality, on both a physical and metaphorical level. The film charts the devastating experience of a serious minded youth, Sergey (Grigoriy Fesenko) ,who is assigned to a chilly and dilapidated boarding school. Falling under the sway of the institution’s gang, Sergey experiences a brutal hazing exercise and then becomes enmeshed with the school’s alpha delinquents, meddling in a mugging here and some narcotic abuse there, whilst the crew also conduct their own brutal protection racket and, rather more seriously, pimp out two young girls, Anna (Yana Novikova) and her friend (Rosa Babiy) to sexually service the nearby trucker community. This may sound like a somewhat conventional pathway for a serious and dour minded example of contemporary world cinema, but The Tribe has one fascinating ace up its sleeve – the boarding house is a school for the deaf and all the non-professional actors communicate only in sign language, the film yielding no consideration for audience comfort with no voiceover, no subtitles, and (quite frankly, as the plot gains traction) no mercy. More