Mar 132015


Thanks to Matthew Pejkovic for this addition to The Forgotten series. You can read more of Matt’s writing here [Ed].

Talk to you average movie fan about filmmaker Martin Scorsese and the usual films we pop up: Goodfellas; Taxi Driver; Raging Bull… Yet constantly lost in the shuffle is the 1973 classic Mean Streets, a film that is not only authentic in feel and immensely personal in its subject matter, but also marked the arrival of Scorsese and his unique brand of urban filmmaking.

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Mar 122015



Thanks to Courtney Small for this addition to The Forgotten series. You can find more of Courtney’s writing at Cinema Axis [Ed].

One of the benefits of having a controversial film like 50 Shades of Grey dominate the box office is that it gets people talking about a subject that has been on my mind a lot recently: Sex.  Let me clarify as not to come off as a pervert – though my recent admission on Twitter to enjoying trashy films like Wild Orchid and The Hot Spot may suggest otherwise – my thoughts are not so much of the act itself, but rather focused on the way it is portrayed on-screen.  I have been asking myself for days where does the line between art and pornography begin?  Is their art in porn?  I am sure Jack Horner, Burt Reynolds’ character in Paul Thomas Anderson’s ode to the porn industry Boogie Nights, would argue there is.  Conversely, can there be porn within art?  Are they both intertwined in a complicated and passionate embrace?

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Mar 092015


Thanks to Ella Donald for this very special edition to The Forgotten, complete with video essay! You can read more of Ella’s writing here [Ed].

In 2011, a film made for only a fraction of most (including many in its genre), premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and became the most talked about premiere that year, winning the Alfred P. Sloan prize. Shot over the course of a year for around $100 000, using director Mike Cahill’s hometown of New Haven, a lot of favours, and funding from non-profit organisation Artists Public Domain, Another Earth continued the post-Primer low-budget, philosophical sci-fi trend of the digital filmmaking age. 2011 was a year of many excellent films, and Another Earth, one that has since slipped out of the conversation, is one of the best.

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Mar 082015



Thanks to Ruth Richards for this addition to The Forgotten series. You can read more of Ruth’s writing here [Ed].

Another year, another Oscar’s ceremony has come and gone. I can’t claim that I pay particularly close attention, but I was very excited to see the nominees for this years Best Animated Feature Film at the Oscars. The range of animation styles on show, from the hand-drawn grace that is The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, the quirky stop-motion of The Boxtrolls and even Disney’s Big Hero 6 (the eventual winner) – make for an impressive group of films. I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed every one of the nominees I’ve seen, but it’s the one I haven’t seen that I’m most looking forward to…

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Mar 062015

Thanks to Matthew Pejkovic for this addition to The Forgotten series. You can read more of Matt’s writing here [Ed].

In 2011 the world looked on in morbid fascination as actor -and self-declared “warlock”- Charlie Sheen imploded in a very public and bizarre meltdown following his termination from the popular TV comedy Two and a Half Men.

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Sep 212014


In this edition of The Forgotten, Andrew Gillman explains why The Truth About Cats and Dogs is far more than just another generic rom-com. Thanks for contributing this piece Andrew, it’s a great read. [Ed]

I am a rom-com tragic. This is an odd juxtaposition of terms since (a) romantic comedies are supposed to be all meet-cute to happily ever after ending with only a minor third act detour into sadness of any kind and, (b) Any suggestion of tragedy pre-supposes that Christopher Nolan is now making films about “wuv twu wuv” (The Princess Bride) which I am fairly certain hasn’t happened.

Through thick and thin, from Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn/ Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan good to Matthew McConaughey and Drew Barrymore bad, I have watched romantic comedies through every rose-strewn, diamond-twinkled rise and fall in the much-maligned genre’s fortunes.

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Sep 152014


In this edition of The Forgotten, Steve Parkes (Cinema Cope) explains why Super (James Gunn, 2010), an underrated super hero movie of sorts (which was dwarfed by bigger films released around the same time) is worth  a watch. Thanks for sharing this film with us Steve. [Ed]

Around 2009/10 at least four Superhero-as-vigilante films came out, including the completely forgotten Defendor (with Woody Harrelson and Kat Dennings), and the most successful of them, Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass, based on the Mark Millar comic book series.

I enjoyed Kick-Ass, but the best of these movies is the nearly forgotten Super. If Super is on some people’s radar at all at the moment, that’s probably because it gets the occasional mention in articles about its writer/director, James Gunn. Gunn is getting a lot of attention at the moment thanks to the success of Guardians of the Galaxy. Prior to Guardians, he had only directed Super, and the 80s-set horror-comedy Slither.

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