aka "Sight & Sound"
General, Mainstream Monthly Magazine from London ,United Kingdom

- First issue: 1991
- General cinema.
- Took its present form in May 1991 with the incorporation of Monthly Film Bulletin. Prior to that it was published quarterly.
- Half the magazine contains great articles on various topics and the other half has the film reviews for the contemporary releases. I especially like the full synopsis given for every movie: No surprises when you 're watching The Crying Game for the first time.
- Published by the British Film Institute.
- Monthly, 70 colour pages in A4 format.
- Published by British Film Institute (BFI)
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CONTENTS: 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 All GALLERIES: 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 All

Issue 152
December 2003
What a carve up!: Horror films endlessly devour and regurgitate characters and ideas. Mark Kerrnode asks what new versions of 1970s shockers The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Alien might mean for today's audiences. Plus Kim Newman celebrates horror film-makers' independence.
Crazy about the weather: The Dream Life, a new book by J. Hoberrnan, relives the movies and mores of the 1960s. David Thomson looks back on an era when cinema embodied our dreads and dreams.
The white stuff: Cremaster's a five-film series by Matthew Barney that reflects on sexual differentiation and the creative process. Mark Cousins celebrates its completion; Francis McKee talks to the director.
Killing me softly: Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself; a new film from Dogme director Lone Scherfig, invests its themes of death and bereavement with unexpected humour. By Geoffrey Macnab.
Film reviews: Mer Life/(Three] Apres la vie, The Amazing Couple/[Two] Un couple epatant, Bollywood Queen, Cabin Fever, Cinemania, Concert for George, Cremaster 1, Cremaster 4, Decasia, The Five Obstructions/De Fern benspaend, House of 1000 Corpses, In America, In the Cut, The Italian Job, Kill Bill Vol I, Krampack, Love Actually, The Mother, Mr In-between, Mystic River, Noi Albinoi, Octane, On the Run/[One] Cavale, Seabiscuit, Secondhand Lions, Taking Sides/Der Fall Furtwangler, Ten Minutes Older The Trumpet Visions of Time, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, thirteen, Together/Ha ni zai yi qi, Traces of a Dragon Jackie Chan & His Lost Family, Underworld, White Oleander, XX/XY.

Issue 151
November 2003
Play Madigan For Me: Clint Eastwood has returned to pre-Dirty Harry days to make a crime film that matches the best of his Westerns. Adrian Wootton dissects the moral universe of Mystic River.
Sex And Self-Danger: Jane Campion's In the Cut a steamy New York tale of female masochism, shows following your instincts is safer than doing what your mother told you, says Graham Fuller.
The Times LFF: Luck Of The Drawn Blade: In Zatoichi Kitano Takeshi has reinvented Japan's most popular 1960s film hero. He tells Tony Rayns why he added a male geisha and a tap-dancing finale to the mix.
Moving At The Speed Of Emotion: Martin Scorsese rates Thorold Dickinson's Gaslight as superior to George Cukor's lavish remake. He tells Philip Home about Britain's unluckiest film-maker.
Plus Ben Walters on S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine, Nick James on The Decay of Fiction and the Sight & Sound LFF top ten.
Film reviews: Bad Boys II, Blackball, El Bonaerense, The Boy David Story, Bright Young Things, Bugs!, Calendar Girls, Citizen Verdict, Comandante, Crimson Gold/Tralaye sorgh, Down with Love/Down with Love-Zum Teufel mit der Liebe!, Emotional Backgammon, Finding Nemo, Freddy vs. Jason, Gigli, The Hard Word, Hollywood Homicide, Intolerable Cruelty, It Runs in the Family, Kirikou and the Sorceress/ Kirikou et la Sorciere, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen/Die Liga der ausergewohnlichen Gentlemen, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Long Way Home/Raising Victor Vargas, Matchstick Men, Ned Kelly, 9 Dead Gay Guys, Okay, Once upon a Time in Mexico, The Order/The Sin Eater, Party Monster, Spellbound, This Is Not a Love Song, Time of the Wolf/Le Temps du Loup/Wolfzeit, Waiting for Happiness/Heremakono En attendant le bonheur.

Issue 150
October 2003
Turning on a dime: As volume one of Kill Bill is released, Quentin Tarantino tells Mark Olsen how he gets his audience just where he wants them and why he makes movies in his head.
Darkness falls: Michael Haneke's Time of the Wolf imagines a post-apocalyptic world whose survivors struggle to rebuild society. It's not science fiction, the director tells Nick James.
24 hour party people: Bright Young Things, Stephen Fry's adaptation of Vile Bodies, teases out the salacious undercurrents in Evelyn Waugh's world of reckless uncertainty, argues David Jays.
Border control: Once upon a Time in Mexico is Robert Rodriguez's homage to Sergio Leone. Edward Buscombe explores the mix of myth and modernity in Westerns set south of the border.
Supertramp: Charlie Chaplin is 20th-century cinema's most enduring icon and most exacting auteur. And he's funny. S&S asked film-makers and critics including Woody Allen, Rowan Atkinson, Baz Luhrmann, Nick Park and Slavoj Zizek what Chaplin means to them.
Film reviews: American Pie: The Wedding/American Wedding, Blind Spot/Im Toten Winkel Hitlers Sekretarin, Le Chignon d'Olga, Confidence, Cypher, Le Divorce, Double Whammy, Food of Love/Manjar de amor/Menja d'amor/Fruchte der Liebe - Food of Love, Jeepers Creepers II, Lara Croft Tomb Raider The Cradle of Life , The Man of the Year, The Man Who Sued God, The Most Fertile Man in Ireland, Petites Coupures. Piglet's Big Movie, Rivers and Tides/Fluss der Zeit/Virtoja ja vuorovetta, Rugrats Go Wild, Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas, Spy Kids 3D Game Over, Swimming Pool, Tears of the Sun, Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines/Terminator 3 - Rebellion der Maschinen, Vendredi soir, Veronica Guerin, What a Girl Wants, Young Adam.

Issue 149
September 2003
Eurocentric: Edinburgh 2003: From a festival with a 'New Europe' theme we feature Mike Hodges' thriller I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, a dark revenger's tragedy. The director talks to Stephen Chibnall about self-loathing and London buses Plus Our festival highlights; the glorious fatalism of Henri-Georges Clouzot; a new kind of trilogy.
Written on the body: Young Adam is a winningly spare version of Scottish Beat icon Alexander Trocchi's cult novel of sex, death and fear of commitment, says Ryan Gilbey Plus Nick fames talks to director David MacKenzie about the volatile mix of Ewan McGregor, Peter Mullan and Tilda Swinton.
Eager beaver: Richard Attenborough is a British film industry in his own right who has never lost his optimism or energy. Geoffrey Macnab talks to him about football, politics and why cinema must make a difference.
Ageing cool: Charlotte Rampling got a name for images of sexual perversity in films like The Night Porter. Francois Ozon's Swimming Pool clothes that image in a veneer of Brit repression. By Ginette Vincendeau.
Books special: Our quarterly round-up of the latest titles.
Film reviews: Agent Cody Banks, All the Real Girls, Ange de repaule droite, L'/Angel on the Right/L'angelo della spalla destra/Farishtay kifti rost Angela, Animal Factory, Belleville Rendez-vous/Les Triplettes de Belleville, Biker Boyz, Camp, Cowboy Bebop Tengoku no tobira/Cowboy Bebop The Movie, Daddy Day Care, Dragonflies/Oyenstikker/Gryningsland, Dumb and Dumberer When Harry Met Lloyd, The Four Feathers, Gods and Generals, Good Bye Lenin!, The In-Laws, Jeremy Hardy versus the Israeli Army, Legally Blonde 2 Red White & Blonde, Ma vie/Ma vraie vie a Rouen, Otherworld/Y mabinogi, Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl, Respiro, Roger Dodger, The Safety of Objects, Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi/Spirited Away.

Issue 148
August 2003
Shock Around The Clock: The second series of 24 understands the fears that drove America to war in Iraq, claims David Thomson, as he re-imagines the show directed by David Lynch and Tarantino.
In The Company Of Motormouth: Want to get your script into production? Drink more coffee, Dylan Kidd advises Geoffrey Macnab as they discuss his sharp feature debut Roger Dodger.
Archbishop Inquisitor: What brought Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel to Malaga to work on an independent film by a little-known Irish director? Lanie Goodman visits the set of The Bridge of San Luis Rey to find out.
On The Waterfront: Fassbinder's Querelle visualises gay dreams with a radicalism unmatched by anything in Queer Cinema, argues Armond White.
East Of Eden: Good bye, Lenin! is the nearest cinema has come to exploring former East Germans' disappointment with reunification. And it's funny, says Dina Iordanova.
Lust For Life: Maurice Pialat put his own life and loves at the centre of films that swept away the rules of cinema. David Thompson mourns the director most admired by present-day French film-makers.
Film reviews: Army Go Home/Buffalo Soldiers, Bad Guy/Nabbeun namja, Basic, Brown Sugar, Bruce Almighty, Charlie's Angels Full Throttle, The Clay Bird/L'Oiseau d'argile/Matir moina, The Crime of Padre Amaro/El crimen del Padre Amaro/Le Crime du pere Amaro, Etre et avoir, Hoover Street Revival/Le Diable est un menteur, Hulk, The Hunted, Ichi the Killer/Koroshiya Ichi, Identity, I'll Be There, Minimal Stories/Historias minimas, Mon-rak Transistor, Nicholas Nickleby, Public Enemy/Gongongeui jeok, Rain, Sex Is Comedy, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Tadpole, The Truth about Charlie, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Whale Rider, Wrong Turn.

Issue 147
July 2003
Thieves like us: Lars von Trier's Dogville was the talking point at this year's Cannes. On an exclusive visit to the set, Stig Bjorkman talked to the director and his star Nicole Kidman Plus our round-up of Cannes 2003.
How to be good: Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickelby is a perennial favourite for screen adaptation. As a new version is released, Michael Eaton asks how the novel's themes mesh with present -day politics.
Everywhere and nowhere: The Matrix won a following among both philosophers and fan boys. As Reloaded breaks box-office records, Jonathan Romney explores the myth and the marketing.
Back to basics: Eire et avoir is an exquisite documentary set in a tiny school in rural France. Richard Falcon talks to the director about defeating his fear of the classroom.
Bewitched: Carl Dreyer's classic films have a reputation for austere formal rigour. As a season of his work is launched, Mark Le Fanu finds deeply felt emotions at their core.
Film reviews: Anger Management, Broken Wings/Knafayin shevuroth, La Comunidad, Criminal Lovers/Les Amants Criminels, Dark Water/Honogurai mizuno sokokara, Dirty Deeds, Extreme Ops, Fausto 5.0, feardotcom, Full Frontal, Fulltime Killer/Quan zhi sha shou, Girls Can't Swim/Les Filles Ne Savent Pas Nager, Half Past Dead, Igby Goes Down, In the Name of Buddha, The Jungle Book 2, Kangaroo Jack, The Matrix Reloaded, Max, Old School, Pot Luck/L' Auberge Espagnole, Ripley's Game/Il Gioco di Ripley, A Snake of June/Rokugatsu No Hebi, Springtime in a Small Town/Xiao Cheng Zhi Chun, Summer Things/Embrassez Qui Vous Voudrez, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance/Bokseuneun Naeui Geos, Unknown Pleasures/Ren Xiao Yao, Winged Migration/Le Peuple Migrateur.

Issue 146
June 2003
Sympathy for the devil: Max, a fictional account of Hitler's early days as a struggling artist, seeks to reveal the man behind the monster. Demetrios Matheou and Richard Black ask why other Hitler portraits resort to ridicule.
Puppet love: Dolls meshes stories of Kitano Takeshi's past loves with traditional Japanese theatre. He talks to Tony Rayns about fame, fashion and why he wants to be second best.
Hot rod rumble: The Fast and the Furious was an unexpected hit that made a star of Vin Diesel. As audiences await the sequel this summer, Charles Whitehouse unravels the tangled history of the hot-rod genre.
You are the night and the music: The 1937 film Swing High, Swing Low only survives because its director Mitchell Leisen kept a copy. David Thomson applauds a love story that dares to tell it how it is.
Bollywood ending: As Bollywood conquers the west, Hindi films are losing money at home. J. Geetha asks if it's time to look for a new direction. Plus Anupama Chopra on the pulling power of song and dance.
Film reviews: Antwone Fisher, Blue Crush, El Bola, Bringing Down the House, Bulletproof Monk, Chihwaseon Drunk on Women and Poetry/Chi-hwa-seon, Darkness Falls, Dolls/Dooruzu, Dreamcatcher, Le Fate Ignoranti/Tableau de famille, Ghosts of the Abyss, Girl from Rio/Chica de Rio, The Happiness of the Katakuris/ Katakuri-ke no koufuku, The Hot Chick, The Last Great Wilderness, Life or Something Like It, The Little Polar Bear/ Der kleine Eisbar, A Man Apart, Mostly Martha/Drei Sterne/Ricette d'amore, Secretary, Seeing Double, Shiri, Son of the Bride/ El hijo de la novia, Thomas Pynchon A Journey into the Mind of p., To Kill a King, Trembling Before G-d, X-Men 2/X2 .

Issue 145
May 2003
Don't fence me in: Jack Nicholson gave 1970s cinema a new kind of leading man, and he's gone on making unpredictable choices ever since. But are his best roles those where he's least comfortable, asks Danny Leigh.
Raising mum: Gillies MacKinnon's Pure is a sensual film about a boy and his mum that belies the grimness of its drugs-and-poverty storyline. Geoffrey Macnab talks to the director about the thrills of making movies fast and cheap. What she wants: In Sex Is Comedy Catherine Breillat fictionalises her own experience of directing demanding and risky sex scenes. Ginette Vincendeau looks at the problems of female authorship and authority.
Death becomes Visconti: Luchino Visconti's later films end with chillingly opulent images of death. Why is their meaning so hard to penetrate, asks Michael Wood.
Satan's lonely man: The long-awaited prequel Exorcist The Beginning, directed by Paul Schrader, was shooting in Morocco when Kevin Jackson visited the set. It looks classy, but will it pack the original's raw-nerved punch?
Film reviews: The Actors, Ararat, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress/Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse chinoise, The Core/The Core Der innere Kern, Cradle 2 the Grave, Dark Blue, Fogbound, A Guy Thing, The Heart of Me, Heartlands, Hope Springs, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days/Wie werde ich ihn los - in 10 Tagen?, I Capture the Castle, Intacto, Johnny English, Just Married/Noll verheiratet, Life and Debt, Lilya 4-ever/Lilja 4-ever, Puckoon, Pure, Shanghai Knights , Le Souffle, Stealing Harvard, Trapped, Virgil Bliss, Welcome to Collinwood/Safecrackers Diebe haben's schwer.

Issue 144
April 2003
Going down: Spike Lee's 25th Hour translates the fear and anxiety of its jail-bound anti-hero into a hymn to post-9/11 New York. By Amy Taubin.
Eastern Bloc: Berun 2003: Berlin 2003 played host to Hollywood's Oscar contenders, but it was Asian and German films that most impressed. S&S reviews the best of the festival.
Trading places: Lukas Moodysson's impressive Lilya 4-ever exposes the nasty illegal trade in young women that underlies the Russian dream. By Julian Graffy.
Murder in mind: In The Son the Dardennes have produced a film more pared-down than anything from Dogme. Nick James describes an experience where body language says it all Plus Melanie Goodfellow explores Liege's rich tradition of socially aware film-making.
Starmaker: He was Garbo's favourite director and he established Joan Crawford's popular image. So why has Clarence Brown slipped through the critical net, asks Gwenda Young.
Film reviews: Bollywood/Hollywood, Daredevil, Equilibrium, Evelyn, Final Destination, Hejar/Buyuk adam kucuk ask/Nagy ember kis szerelem, L' Homme du train, In This World, Jiyan, Kaante/Thorns, The Life of David Gale/Das Leben des David Gale, Moonlight Mile, National Security, Nowhere in Africa/Nirgendwo in Afrika, Open Hearts/Elsker dig for evigt, Personal Velocity Three Portraits, Phone Booth, The Recruit, The Ring, The Rules of Attraction/Regeln des Spiels, Russian Ark/Russki Kovcheg/Venalainen arkki, Stark Raving Mad, Two Weeks Notice, Werckmeister Harmonies/Werckmeister harmoniak/Die Werckmeisterschen Harmonien/Les Harmonies de Werckmeister/Le armonie di Werckmeister.

Issue 143
March 2003
Magnificent Obsession: With his new film Far from Heaven director Todd Haynes, like Fassbinder before him, has been inspired to new heights by Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows. Plus Nick James discusses the Sirk style with Todd Haynes.
Keeping It Clean: The Magdalene Sisters exposes the church's virtual enslavement of young Irishwomen with clear-eyed outrage. Nick James talks to writer-director Peter Mullan about Catholicism, cleanliness and community theatre.
Self-made heroes: Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman's Adaptation puts the self-obsession of the screenwriter centre stage. Henry Bean thinks it's something to celebrate . Plus Michael Eaton talks Robert McKee with Brian Cox.
Gamblers anonymous: Neil Jordan's remake of Bob le flambeur gives a global spin to a film that already wedded American gangster style to a very French sense of place. Ginette Vincendeau on the cultural identity of The Good Thief.
Obituaries: Farewell to 2002'S roll of lost and lamented. Compiled by Bob Baker Plus tributes to Naseem Banu, Phyllis Calvert, James Cobum, J. Lee Thompson and Andre de Toth.
Film reviews: Adaptation, Analyze That, Auto Focus, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Derrida, Elling, Far from Heaven, Le Fils/The Son, Frida, The Good Thief, Grateful Dawg, The Hours, Innocence, Irreversible/Irreversible, Jackass The Movie, japon, The Magdalene Sisters, Maid in Manhattan, The One and Only, Solaris, The Tuxedo, 25th Hour, Undercover Brother, The Wild Thomberrys Movie.

Issue 142
February 2003
A Good place to die: A young Mexican's debut feature tackles love, death, redemption and cross-generational sex with skill and sensitivity. Demetrios Matheou talks to Carlos Reygadas about Japon.
Future soul: Solaris may be just Steven Soderbergh trying his hand at another genre, but its elegance still dazzles, says Jonathan Romney Plus Graham Petrie and Vida Johnson revisit the 197OS USSR and the world of Tarkovsky's original.
Horror movie: Is Irreversible a juvenile bid to gain attention or an illuminating take on the rape-revenge movie? Nick James and Mark Kermode argue the toss.
Day in the life: David Hare and Stephen Daldry's The Hours takes sexual politics and Virginia Woolf into the mainstream. Sheila Johnston talks to the creative team behind its production.
California sweet: Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch- drunk Love has failed to attract the acclaim of Boogie Nights or Magnolia. David Thomson thinks he might know what the director's up to.
Film reviews: The Banger Sisters, Barbershop, Catch Me If You Can, Chicago, 8 Mile, Gangs of New York, Goyangireul butakhae/Take Care of My Cat, Herr der Ringe Die zwei Turme, Der/The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers, Hey Arnold! The Movie, Homme sans passe, L'/The Man without a Past/Mies vailla menneisyytta/Der Mann ohne Vergangenheit, I Spy, Joe Somebody, Live Forever, Love Liza, Mad Dogs, Narc, Perfume de violetas/Perfume de violetas Nadie te oye, Der Pianist/The Pianist/Le Pianiste/Pianista, Punch-drunk Love, Real Women Have Curves, Revengers Tragedy, Star Trek Nemesis, Treasure Planet.

Issue 141
January 2003
Odd Man Out: Director David Cronenberg and star Ralph Fiennes both identify with Spider, the shabby schizophrenic misfit at the heart of Cronenberg's new film. Kevin Jackson and Nick James find out why.
Zero Gravity: Santa Claus is killed by children and soldiers shoot paintings - Divine Intervention director Elia Suleiman talks to S.F. Said about the fact and fantasy of Palestinian life under Israeli occupation.
Manhattan Asylum: Gangs of New York has led Martin Scorsese to reflect on what it means to be American and his relationship with his father. He tells Ian Christie about the origins and techniques of his long-awaited epic.
Stealing Beauty: They've drawn inspiration from him, stolen from him and unearthed powerful memories of their childhoods - four leading directors tell Geoffrey Macnab what Ingmar Bergman means to them
Angels with dirty faces: City of God is a painful portrait of teenage violence in Rio's favelas told like a rap action thriller. Ismail Xavier explains why the film has taken Brazil by storm.
Film reviews: About Schmidt, Big Shot's Funeral/Da Wan, Blood Work, Butterfly Man, Cidade de Deus/City of God/Stadt Gottes/La Cite de Dieu, City by the Sea, Curse of the Jade Scorpion, The/Im Bann des Jade Skorpions, Deathwatch, Die Another Day, Divine Intervention/Intervention divine/Gottlicher Eingriff, Eight Crazy Nights, 11'09''01 September 11, Ghost Ship, The Good Girl, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets/Harry Potter und die Kammer des Schreckens, The Kid Stays in the Picture, The Santa Clause 2, Spider, Sweet Home Alabama, They, Transporteur, Le/The Transporter, Trouble Every Day.

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