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SIGHT AND SOUND
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)
- Website: www.bfi.org.uk

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Issue 188
December 2006
Features #Girl Interrupted Set against a backdrop of the vicious reprisals that marked the end of the Spanish Civil War, Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth creates a beautiful and terrifying fantasy netherworld for the young girl at its centre. Could it be an update of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Mark Kermode asks the director #Isabelle Huppert: The Big Chill Veering between intellectual coldness and perverse sexual passion, Isabelle Huppert has become the face of the French arthouse. Ginette Vincendeau surveys her career to date and asks what her performances tell us about the state of contemporary French womanhood The Grand Illusion Told in the director's trademark flashbacks, Christopher Nolan's The Prestige is a story of two Victorian magicians locked in poisonous rivalry both on and off stage. It's magic, says Kim Newman All Together Now German cinema of the past three years has produced a crop of new films that interrogate their country's past and present, says Nick James. S&S picks the best. Plus: A round-table of critics and directors analyse the conditions that have swelled the latest new wave; Katja Hofmann surveys the state of the industry; and James Bell talks to Hans-Christian Schmid, the director of Requiem Red River Memories of Murder director Bong Joon-ho has cannibalised Hollywood creature features and contemporary Korean reality to produce the top-grossing The Host. It's enough to remind you why you started going to the movies in the first place. By Nick Roddick.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: * 37 Uses for a Dead Sheep * All the King's Men * The Aryan Couple * DVD: The Big Animal * Big Nothing * Breaking and Entering * Candy * Children of Men * Deep Water * The Departed * Gabrielle * The Gigolos * A Good Year * The Guardian * Havoc * Hollywoodland * Joy Division * KZ * Lage Raho Munna Bhai * London to Brighton * Middletown * Open Season * The Page Turner * Pan's Labyrinth * The Prestige * Puritan * Requiem * The Rocket Post * Shortbus * Sixty Six A True...ish Story * Snuff * Special (RX) Specioprin Hydrochloride * Stick It * The Story of the Pamir Kirghiz * The Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Beginning * Twelve and Holding * We Shall Overcome


Issue 187
November 2006
Features #Jewels In The Crown The Venice festival combined Hollywood blockbusters with more innovative indie film-making from Europe and the US. But it was a series of films from Asia and Africa commissioned in Vienna that was its strongest suit. By James Bell #The Times BFI 50th London Film Festival: Mean Streets Andrea Arnold's Red Road is a sexual revenge thriller with a twist in the tale. By Hannah McGill #The Times BFI 50th London Film Festival: The World Bank Put On Trial Abderrahmane Sissako's Bamako reinvents the political fiction film, says Nick James #The Times BFI 50th London Film Festival: Sight & Sound Selection Sight & Sound selects 12 of the best #The Times BFI 50th London Film Festival: Mysteries Of Puberty Times and Winds by Turkish director Reha Erdem is one of the discoveries of the year, an exquisite affirmation of film as art. By Hannah McGill Martin Scorsese: Faith Under Pressure To mark the release of The Departed, which translates the police and mobster moles of Infernal Affairs to Irish-American Boston, the director talks to Ian Christie about his twin obsessions with the underworld and the Catholic church, and his hope of continuing his exploration of faith and temptation in an adaptation of Japanese novel Silence Alan Bennett: A Little Learning Alan Bennett's The History Boys, filmed by its stage director Nicholas Hytner, seems a return to his familiar territory of deferred desires and class-bound aspirations in a northern provincial town. David Jays uncovers the undertones of hidden violence and anger that also haunt the writer's work The Times BFI 50th London Film Festival: Bushwacked By Hollywood Do the dark worlds of The Black Dahlia and Hollywoodland signal a neo-noir revival, asks Graham Fuller Sofia Coppola: Portrait Of A Lady Marie Antoinette depicts the doomed queen as a young woman lost in an adult world who redeems her identity through culture and fashion. It's a position director Sofia Coppola knows well, says Pam Cook.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: * DVD: 49 Up * Accepted * Antibodies * Beerfest * The Black Dahlia * Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan * Brothers of the Head * Container * DOA Dead or Alive * Earthlings Ugly Bags of Mostly Water * Frozen Land * The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael * Gypo * The History Boys * Hoodwinked * The Host * I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed * Kaabi Alvida Naa Kehna * The Last Kiss * Life and Lyrics * Little Man * Marie Antoinette * Mischief Night * Neil Young Heart of Gold * The Plague * Pulse * The Queen * Rabbit Fever * Rabbit on the Moon * Red Road * Ritual des B?sen * Romanzo criminale * Scenes of a Sexual Nature * Snakes on a Plane * Starter for Ten * The Wicker Man * World Trade Center


Issue 186
October 2006
Features #Out Of The Rubble Oliver Stone's World Trade Center tells the heartwarming story of two policemen plucked from the rubble. But is garnering sympathy for America's 9/11 tragedy now a lost cause, asks B. Ruby Rich #Royal Blues The Queen, directed by Stephen Frears, shows the royal facade crumbling - and Tony Blair relishing his finest hour - as the public mood turns against the monarchy following the death of Princess Diana. By Philip Kemp. #I'm Not A Political Filmmaker Goddamit! Web Exclusive! Oliver Stone in conversation with Sight & Sound's Ali Jaafar. This candid interview, conducted in September of this year, came a little too late to make it into our 9/11 special. Enjoy the complete transcript exclusively here. Living On Thin Air Shot on a remote Tibetan plateau with a crew depleted by freezing temperatures and altitude sickness, Mountain Patrol (Kekexili) recreates a tale of volunteers who track down poachers of antelope. Director Lu Chuan tells James Bell about filming in an extreme landscape In a lonely place Lodge Kerrigan's films - Clean, Shaven, Claire Dolan and now Keane - explore the haunted psyches of the mentally ill and others who drift through the margins of American life. Geoff Andrew talks to a director who acknowledges he could easily be one of them Jean-pierre Leaud - Lord Of The Left Bank After his signature role at age 14 as Fran?ois Truffaut's screen incarnation in Les Quatre Cent Coups, Jean-Pierre Leaud became a talisman of the French New Wave's youthful rebellion. But how did it all go wrong, asks Chris Darke? PLUS Keith Reader draws out the tragic undertones in the actor's roles for Jean-Luc Godard.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: * Allegro * Bad Spelling * Clerks II * Click * Crank * Destricted * Dirty Sanchez The Movie * Driving Lessons * Echo Park L.A. * Idlewild * Unconscious * Johanna * John Tucker Must Die * Keane * Mountain Patrol (Kekexili) * Krisana * Lady in the Water * Little Miss Sunshine * Man Push Cart * Miami Vice * My Angel * Night Listener, The * Nina's Heavenly Delights * Omkara * Profils paysans Chapitre 2: Le Quotidien * Right at Your Door * Shut Up! * DVD: Eric Rohmer's Six Moral Tales * Snow Cake * Talladega Nights The Ballad of Ricky Bobby * The Devil Wears Prada * Trust the Man * You, Me and Dupree * Zidane A 21st Century Portrait


Issue 185
September 2006
Features #Edinburgh 2006: Giant Steps US cinema in the early 1970s is a story of film-makers who refused to sell out. David Thomson celebrates a programme of their work at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. #Edinburgh 2006: Ten Sight & Sound Edinburgh Selections S&S selects the best of the rest. Which Way Is Up? Michael Mann's Miami Vice TV cop show was a high-stakes morality play with pulp beauty, stylistic delirium and an MTV vibe. How well has it translated into a feature film, asks Graham Fuller. Plus Timothy Shary explores the flawed masculinity at the core of the director's 1981 debut Thief. China: 21st-century Tiger China's economic boom has transformed the country's cities and the lives of its citizens, yet little of that reality makes its way to western screens. Michael Berry shows us what lies beyond the martial-arts costume dramas. Plus Shanghai Dreams director Wang Xiaoshuai tells Roger Clarke about the new liberalisation. Gold Leaf And Shadow-play Fin-de-si?cle Vienna was remembered by classic Hollywood film-makers in exile as a city of culture and romance with a heart of darkness. Geoffrey Macnab asks if films from Max Ophuls' La Ronde to Ra?l Ruiz's new portrait of the painter Klimt capture its essence. Everyday White With Atanarjuat The Fast Runner Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn gave visual form to an Inuit myth that had never been written down. Their new film The Journals of Knud Rasmussen recharts the first encounter with Danish explorers from an Inuit point of view. S.F. Said spent ten weeks in the Arctic searching for authenticity.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: * 11:14 * A Lion in the House * A Scanner Darkly * Adrift * Akeelah and the Bee * Alpha Male * An Inconvenient Truth * Angel-A * The Ant Bully * Be with Me * C.S.A. The Confederate * DVD: Electric Shadows * Garfield 2 * Harsh Times * Krrish * Look Both Ways * Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School * Monster House * Nacho Libre * Paper Clips * Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest * The Sentinel * Severance * Shanghai Dreams * Sisters in Law * States of America * Stormbreaker * Superman Returns * Terkel in Trouble * This Film Is Not Yet Rated * Tideland * To Die in San Hilario * Volver * Warrior King * Wilderness


Issue 184
August 2006
Features #Animation: Timeline Andrew Osmond assesses the new innovative directions being taken with Animated cinema releases this Summer. This timeline is a longer version of what appears in the magazine. #Songs For Swinging Lovers With Three Times Hou Hsiao-Hsien has created an exquisite, dreamlike study of romance. Tony Rayns traces how the director has reinvented Taiwanese arthouse #Confessions Of An Opium Eater Philippe Garrel spent the 1970s hooked on heroin and Nico. Les Amants reguliers looks back to 1968 - but its characters seem more interested in drugs than in politics, says Jonathan Rosenbaum #The Power And The Glory The Fallen Idol: Philip Kemp on the underrated centrepiece of Carol Reed's trio of post-war classics. Come Into My World Michel Gondry's The Science of Sleep fizzes with optical illusions and crazy ideas. Are its childlike protagonist and dream sequences a reflection of the director's own mindscape, asks Sam Davies Chasing The Ambulance The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, a black-comic trek around Bucharest's crumbling hospitals, has won Cristi Puiu numerous awards. He talks to Ryan Gilbey about bearing witness and banning suspense Animation: Step Into The Mask Christian Volckman's noir thriller Renaissance brings humanity to a virtual world. By Andrew Osmond Animation: Lost In The Loop Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly replicates Philip K. Dick's druggy dystopia. By Nick Bradshaw. Plus Paul Ward meets Rotoshop inventor Bob Sabiston Animation: Loud Candy Has a souped-up Cars driven Pixar off track, asks Jonathan Romney Last Of The Dharma Bums After years in TV Westerns, Repo Man and Paris, Texas made Harry Dean Stanton cool. By Danny Leigh.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: * Atomised * DVD: The Atrocity Exhibition * Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! * The Benchwarmers * Bl,.m * The Break-up * Cars * The Death of Mr. Lazarescu * Ellie Parker * Fanaa * The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift * Fearless * Half Light * Innocent Voices * Ju-On: The Grudge 2 * Just My Luck * The Lake House * Les Amants reguliers * Little Fish * The Notorious Bettie Page * Over the Hedge * Renaissance * The Science of Sleep * Three Times * Viva Zapatero! * Who Killed the Electric Car?


Issue 183
July 2006
Features #Cannes 2006: American Decadence And Other Tales Adulterated meat, surveillance and US excess proved the abiding themes of Cannes 2006. Some anticipated films proved duds, but smaller pleasures abounded says Nick James. #Cannes 2006: Unpopular Culture Jonathan Romney visits the fringes #Cannes 2006: East Of Egypt Ali Jaafar views terror and war subjects #Cannes 2006: Uncertain Regard Geoff Andrew looks at the Europeans #Cannes 2006: Help Me Make It Through The Night Amy Taubin surveys the young Americans Border Crossing Gael Garc?a Bernal, in Cannes to promote Alejandro Gonz?lez I??rritu's Babel, is using his success to help new talent, he tells Ali Jaafar. Plus Tales from the globetrotting set of Babel by Fernanda Sol?rzano Tropical malady Sex tourism gives expression to the sexuality of middle-aged white women in Laurent Cantet's Haiti-set Heading South. But what about the black beach gigolos - and their country, asks Bonnie Greer Deep Seijun 82-year-old Suzuki Seijun is a cult figure in the UK. Princess Raccoon may achieve wider access for his dazzling films, says Tony Rayns Water drops on burning rocks Ennio Morricone has no peers as the all-time most prolific and various composer of music for films. He talks to Guido Bonsaver No place like the present Long withheld from the public, Antonioni's The Passenger, starring Jack Nicholson, is a key insight into the 1970s, says Mark Le Fanu Sympathy for the trophy wife Who cares about the girl on the arm of a rich man? That's the key question of Forty Shades of Blue. Director Ira Sachs and his actress Dina Korzun talk to Nick James.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: * The Last Stand * 10th District Court * An Unfinished Life * Aquamarine * The Cave of the Yellow Dog * Curious George * The Da Vinci Code * Dave Chappelle's Block Party * Dumplings * Forty Shades of Blue * Friends with Money * Hard Candy * Heading South * Instants d'Audiences * Little Manhattan * Mission: Impossible III * The Omen * One Day in Europe * Poseidon * Pretty Persuasion * Princess Raccoon * Pusher 3 * Reeker * RV * Secuestro Express * Silent Hill * Stay Alive * Tell Them Who You Are * Thank You for Smoking * Things to Do Before You're 30 * Ultraviolet * United 93 * The Wild * The Wind That Shakes The Barley * X-Men: The Last Stand


Issue 182
June 2006
Features #Women, Windmills And Wedge Heels With Volver Pedro Almod?var has made a welcome return to comedy, the country and his favourite actresses. By Paul Julian Smith #Shimura Takashi: The Last Samurai Kurosawa is best known for his director-actor partnership with Mifune Toshiro, but his relationship with Shimura Takashi started earlier and lasted longer. Alex Cox celebrates the actor who embodied the contradictions of post-war Japan. The Silvio Lining Nanni Moretti's Il caimano presents a passionate criticism of the outgoing Italian prime minister and an Italy fashioned in his image. By Lee Marshall. Plus Guido Bonsaver on political comedy Viva Zapatero! Auteur Heaven This year's Cannes competition offers an impressive roster of big-name directors. S&S previews four films sure to generate a buzz on the Croisette including Paul Greengrass' United 93, which recreates events on the 9/11 flight that fought back. By Jessica Winter Kind Hearts and Bayonets In The Wind That Shakes the Barley Ken Loach offers a partisan view of the birth of the IRA. By Nick James Torture Garden Films where subjects are tied up and tortured are no new thing, but Hostel raises the stakes by having its American kids the victims of resentful Europeans. Kim Newman marks the point at which the horror genre turned political. Plus S&S selects five films where it helps to keep your eyes closed.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: * 16 Blocks * 36 * American Dreamz * Ask the Dust * Black Sun * Brick * The Dark * The Devil and Daniel Johnston * District 13 * Don't Come Knocking * Down in the Valley * El Lobo * Election * Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room * The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos * Failure to Launch * Fateless * Freedomland * Glastonbury * Ice Age The Meltdown * Initial D Drift Racer * Iqbal * Les Poupees russes * Metal: A Headbanger's Journey * Mistress of Spices, The * The Moguls * Offside * Once in a Lifetime * Overcoming * Quo Vadis, Baby? * Russian Dolls * Scary Movie 4 * Slither * Take the Lead * The King * The Thief Lord * Three III * Tony Takitani * Wah-Wah * Waiting... * Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price * Yours, Mine & Ours


Issue 181
May 2006
Features #Under The Influence Dominik Moll's Lemming shows the influence of Hitchcock's The Birds. How far has the French thriller tradition been shaped by the work of the master metaphysician - and does it matter, asks Robin Buss. Plus James Bell talks to Moll about the world beyond appearances, the role of the outsider and working with Charlotte Rampling #Mud In Your Eye It's hard to capture the bizarre test of energy and endurance that is Glastonbury festival but festival regular Julien Temple, with the help of footage donated by past fans, seems to have managed it, says Charles Gant. Plus James Bell picks the top of the pops of recent concert movies Monday's Child Emmanuelle Beart is undeniably beautiful, but have her looks helped or harmed her career? Ginette Vincendeau profiles a star caught between sex and suffering. Plus Nick James watches Beart's latest film Hell and asks if we should blame Kieslowski for the curse of the Miramax movie? James Coburn The Hired Hand With his lean physique, expressive hands and unexpected grin, James Coburn slept or danced his way through a series of seminal movies from The Magnificent Seven to A Fistful of Dynamite!. He was much cooler than Steve McQueen, argues Richard Combs Children of the Revolution Will Iran's new hardline regime prove soft on film? Geoffrey Macnab visits a Berlin film festival market swamped by Iranian Promoters. PLUS Ali Jaafar identifies the underlying trends in a new crop of Iranian movies and Geoff Andrew reviews an exhibition that links Abbas Kiarostami and Victor Erice.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: * Alien Autopsy * Ballets Russes * Basic Instinct 2 * C.R.A.Z.Y. * Confetti * Derailroaded * Diameter of the Bomb * Eight Below * Firewall * Hostel * Inside Man * Kidulthood * Magician,The * New York Doll * Palais Royal! * Paradise Now * Pierrepoint * Ringer, The * Rollin with the Nines * Shaggy Dog, The * She's the Man * Stay * Strayed * Time to Leave * U-Carmen eKhayelitsha * Unknown White Male * Ushpizin * V for Vendetta * When a Stranger Calls * Year without Love, A


Issue 180
April 2006
Weight Of Water: The Dardenne brothers' special brand of realism has twice won them the Palme d'Or. As their most recent Cannes triumph L'Enfant (The Child) - about a young father who unthinkingly sells his baby - gets a UK release, Jonathan Romney talks to them about how they fictionalise the world around them.
Bomb Culture: Hany Abu-Assad's controversial Oscar-nominated Paradise Now takes us inside the world of the suicide bomber. It's much more than educational, says B. Ruby Rich.
Interview: Jonathan Romney talks to Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne.
Frame Grab: You've seen when Bogart first kissed Bacall, right? Not unless you've seen the trailer. Trailers contain more of our favourite films than we know. By Gary F. McMahon.
Days Of The Dead: Tommy Lee Jones has turned director for a visceral Tex-Mex border Western The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, scripted by Amores perros writer Guillermo Arriaga. It's the kind of hellish parable of which Peckinpah might have been proud. By Jim Kitses. Plus Rancher Tommy Lee Jones talks about his love of the border landscape to Marianne Gray.
Berlin: Home Truths: It may have been a weak year for new films, but the Berlin festival found redemption in some strong German cinema, a Miike Takashi standout and the news buzz around The Road to Guantanamo. Highlights reported by Nick James, Tony Rayns and Jonathan Romney.
Laurence Harvey A Dandy In Aspic: He was a snappy dresser from Lithuania who faked the English gentleman and got a bad rap for it. But the actor is much better than history allows, says Andrew Roberts.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: An American Haunting, The Ballad of Jack & Rose, Big Momma's House 2, The Big White, Cockles & Muscles, Date Movie, Extra?o, Favela Rising, Final Destination, The Forest for the Trees, Hell, The Hills Have Eyes, Imagine Me and You, Last Holiday, Lemming, Lost Embrace, Lucky Number Slevin, The Pink Panther, Pulse/Kairo, Rent, Seducing Doctor Lewis, Seven Swords, Shooting Dogs, Syriana, These Foolish Things, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Transamerica, Tristan + Isolde, Tsotsi, Two for the Money, The White Countess.


Issue 179
March 2006
Ballad Of The Wild Boys: Nick Cave and John Hillcoat's Australian outback Western The Proposition combines beauty with brutality. Nick Roddick talks to its makers about drugs, music, poetry and Peckinpah.
Natural Selection: Nicloas Winding Refn's Pusher trilogy adds black humour to its bleak picture of Denmark's criminal fringe. He tells Jonathan Romney why crime doesn't pay.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind: With Good Night, and Good Luck and Syriana George Clooney has confirmed his status as Hollywood's premier card-carrying liberal. Graham Fuller assesses the impact in the United States while Ali Jaafar asks him about combining entertainment with Social Commitment. Plus Ali Jaafar talks to Syriana director Stephen Gaghan.
Waiting for the Hangman: Truman Capote's portrait of a killer In Cold Blood may have secured his literary reputation, but it almost cost him his sanity. Capote exposes the machinations behind its making - but is the film too hard on its flamboyant subject, asks Nick James.
Guru Dutt Such Sweet Sorrow: Actor-director Guru Dutt extended the range of Bollywood cinema in the 1950s by inserting a stillness of mood into the whirlwind of action. By Mark Cousins.
Obituaries: Bob Mastangelo pays his respects. Plus tributes to Richard Pryor, Simone Simon, Tom Milne, Guillermo Cabrera Infante and Marc Lawrence.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: Aeonflux, Capote, Casanova, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Chicken Little, The Child, Evil Aliens, Feed, Fun with Dick and Jane, Good Night, and Good Luck, Junebug, Manderlay, Mirrormask, Munich, North Country, Proof, Romance & Cigarettes, Rumor Has It..., Running Scared, Song of Songs, The Squid and the Whale, The Ice Harvest, The Ketchup Effect, The Little Polar Bear The Mysterious Island, The Proposition, The Roost, The Weather Man, The World's Fastest Indian, Underworld Evolution, Wild Country, Zathura A Space Adventure.


Issue 178
February 2006
Vengeance Is Theirs: Think of Korean cinema and you probably conjure scenes of gangster glamour and extreme violence. But how accurate are western perceptions, asks Grady Hendrix
Interview: Park Chan-wook: Ali Jaafar talks to Lady Vengeance director Park Chan-wook
Interview: Kim Jee-woon: James Bell asks Kim Jee-woon what inspired his A Bittersweet Life
Secrets, Lies & Videotape: Michael Haneke's Hidden continues his probing of western audiences' guilt at their own privilege. But are the threats we perceive all in the mind, asks Catherine Wheatley
The Postmodernist Always Wings It Twice: After 24 Hour Party People Michael Winterbottom wanted to work again with Steve Coogan - and chose an audacious adaptation of Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy to do so. Liese Spencer talks to star and director about blurring the boundaries between life and art
An Auteur's Politics: In the early 1930s Jean Renoir was the Communist Party's darling but by 1938 the dream had turned sour. Robin Buss finds out why
The Greatest Show On Earth: With the documentaries Grizzly Man and The Wild Blue Yonder Werner Herzog has re-established his position as one of our most innovative film-makers. Nick James explores the director's fascination with fear, guilt and survival and shows how his approach and interests rhyme with the times
Mission Intractable: Munich, Steven Spielberg's film about the Israeli response to the 1972 Palestinian attack, points up the inadequacies of revenge. It may be his most trouble-courting movie yet, argues David Thomson
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: A Bittersweet Life, A Cock and Bull Story, The Chronicles of Narnia The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CryWolf, Derailed, Drink Drank Drunk, Exiles, Fate, The Fog, Frozen, Get Rich or Die Tryin', Greyfriars Bobby, Grizzly Man, Hidden, Just Friends, King Kong, Lady Vengeance, Live and Become, The Matador, Memoirs of a Geisha, The New World, Noel, Pavee Lackeen The Traveller Girl, Prime, The Producers, Screaming Masterpiece, The Piano Tuner of EarthQuakes, Walk the Line


Issue 177
January 2006
Mexico Rising: Interview: Ra?l Ruiz talks about medieval religion and chaos theory and asks whether cinema is one of the three hundred known arts
Western Special: Lonesome Cowboys: Brokeback Mountain is not only a gay Western but also one of the greatest cinematic love stories of all time. Roger Clarke salutes director Ang Lee's achievement
Rushes: Cinema At The Crossroads: James Bell reports from the Eurasia film festival in Kazakhstan. This is a longer version of what appears in the issue.
Sight & Sound's Top Ten Films Of The Year: How the critics voted
Climb Every Mountain: Sight & Sound's films of the year
Court Jester: Woody Allen's first London-set film Match Point revisits themes of guilt and personal responsibility and represents a return to form. Graham Fuller examines the director's new perspective on a rake's progress and wonders at the magic of Scarlett Johansson
Such Sweet Sickness: Neil Jordan's Breakfast on Pluto mixes political passion and sexual transgression in its tale of a glam-rock-era transvestite finding his feet in the big smoke. He talks to Geoffrey Macnab about being excommunicated from Ireland's film circles and how the Irish patronise the British
Western Special: Man To Man: Sexual politics killed the Western argues Edward Buscombe as he surveys a fistful of films from the days when cowboys saw themselves as partners for life
Western Special: The Gun Beneath The Bubbles: Our Actors series looks at the career of Eli Wallach, star of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. By John Exshaw
Mexico Rising: It's only three years old, but the Morelia International Film Festival in central Mexico has become an explosive showcase for digital cinema that explores the contradictions of a culturally and politically turbulent nation. Nick James reports.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: 13 Tzameti, 2 Young, After Midnight, Breakfast on Pluto, Brokeback Mountain, Calvaire, Crossing the Bridge, Doom, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Jarhead, Keeping Mum, Lassie, Match Point, Merry Christmas, Niagara Motel, Rocky Road to Dublin, Saw II, Scorched, Shopgirl, Steamboy, Stray Dogs, Taj Mahal An Eternal Love Story, The Family Stone, The Hidden Blade, The Night We Called It a Day, The Sound of Istanbul, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, Tresor Berlin The Vault and the Electronic Frontier, Ultranova, William Eggleston in the Real World.

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