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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Issue 200
December 2007
The Incomplete Tsai Ming-liang: Who else could combine sex with watermelons and the backdrop of an abandoned, leaking building into an ascetic musical? Roger Clarke talks to Taiwanese cinema's great poet of eroticism and loneliness.
Channelling The Past: Channel 4 is 25 years old - and to celebrate its jubilee Alkarim Jivani recalls the way it transformed the broadcasting landscape and Britain's image of itself with founder members Jeremy Isaacs, Liz Forgan and Roger Graef, current C4 head of television Kevin Lygo and experts Mark Lawson and Sarita Malik.
Twilight of the idol: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a luminous Western with lessons about hero worship and media manipulation that resonate in the 21st century. Jim Kitses celebrates a new entry in the genre that never goes away.
Now I see a darkness: What fuelled Ingmar Bergman's lifelong obsession with death? Geoffrey Macnab investigates the Bergman archives to uncover how the traumas of World War II affected the fledgling director.
Dealing dope and death: American directors are turning their attention to a nation in crisis. Nick James shows how TV shows like The Wire and films like Ridley Scott's American Gangster package political concerns into genre formats.
Dreaming low-life: Rainer Werner Fassbinder found the source novel for Berlin Alexanderplatz helped him survive a 'murderous puberty'. Tony Rayns welcomes the restoration on DVD of the 14-part television serial that represents the keystone of the director's career.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: 4:30 Air Guitar Nation The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Black Sheep Blame It on Fidel DVD review: Breathless Brick Lane Les Chansons d'amour Clubland Cocaine Cowboys A Crude Awakening The Oil Crash The Darjeeling Limited Elizabeth The Golden Age Ex Drummer The Extras Good Luck Chuck Halloween The Heartbreak Kid Hotel Harabati I Do I Don't Want to Sleep Alone I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry In Memory of Me In the Shadow of the Moon Into the Wild The Jane Austen Book Club Jesus Camp KM31 Kil?metro 31 Lagerfeld Confidential The Lookout The Magic Flute Man in the Chair Manufacturing Dissent: Uncovering Michael Moore Marigold Mr. Woodcock The Nanny Diaries Never Apologize A Personal Visit with Lindsay Anderson Planet Terror Princess Rendition Rescue Dawn The Right of the Weakest Shrooms Sicko Sigur R?s Heima Sleuth Talk to Me War The Wayward Cloud Weirdsville Wristcutters A Love Story

Issue 199
November 2007
Robert Bresson: Alias Grace: Robert Bresson produced a poetic and uncompromising body of work that defined the limits of cinema as an artform. By Michael Brooke PLUS Olivier Assayas, Aki Kaurism?ki, Paul Schrader, Bruno Dumont and Eug?ne Green describe his importance and tell why they would never have become film-makers without him.
Venice 2007: War, Lust, Spies And Quaint Conceits: This year's Venice festival unveiled a clutch of powerful American films that escape Hollywood's formulas. Nick James appreciates Todd Haynes' Dylan biopic, a new Ang Lee, a brooding Western and two films that criticise the US presence in Iraq.
Written On The Body: The 2007 Times BFI 51st London Film Festival opens with David Cronenberg's thriller Eastern Promises, about a Russian mob engaged in sex trafficking and prostitution in London's East End. The director talks to Edward Lawrenson about his return to the scene of the crime PLUS Sight & Sound recommends highlights including Juno, Cargo 200 and a restoration of Enamorada.
Back To The Future: A Cinephile's Response: Is the era of wondrous cinema over, as was claimed in Sight & Sound last month? Jonathan Romney thinks not - and looks to Hollywood, Paris and our own DVD pages to prove it.
Ken Loach: A Class Act: From Cathy Come Home to It's a Free World, Ken Loach has given a voice to the socially dispossessed. Here he talks to Richard T. Kelly about football, Yorkshire humour and the things he wishes he'd done differently.
Stealers Of Sleep: Do Lemming, Hidden and the recent Hotel Harabati constitute a new brand of French cinema that watches bourgeois anxiety spiralling surreally out of control? By Michael Atkinson.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: 3:10 to Yuma Across the Universe And When Did You Last See Your Father? The Brave One Control The Counterfeiters Day Watch Death at a Funeral Death Sentence December Boys Eastern Promises Flood Hatchet Heyy Babyy Kenny The Kingdom Lonely Hearts Mr. Brooks Mrs. Ratcliffe's Revolution My Nikifor Nancy Drew Razzle Dazzle A Journey into Dance Reprise Resident Evil Extinction Rocket Science Run Fatboy Run Seachd The Inaccessible Pinnacle Shoot 'Em Up Someone Else Stardust Superbad DVD Review: The Third Secret True North Wind Chill The Witnesses

Issue 198
October 2007
Eastern Promise: Films like The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and Palme d'Or-winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days point to Romania as the cradle for the next cinematic new wave. Nick Roddick reports.
A World Without Pity: What does Michael Winterbottom's A Mighty Heart, the story of the kidnap and murder in Karachi of American journalist Daniel Pearl, tell us about the fractured landscape of the post-9/11 world, asks Ali Jaafar PLUS Charles Gant reveals why the director wants his next project to be a Huddersfield romcom.
In A Lonely Place: For a moment in the late 1970s Joy Division expressed the cultural dislocation of a generation of northern youth. Rock photographer Anton Corbijn's feature debut Control captures it perfectly, says Nick James PLUS Edward Lawrenson talks to the director and Liz Naylor recalls the band's Manchester setting.
The End Of An Era: A Cinephile's Lament: Do the deaths of Antonioni and Bergman signal the close of a never-to-be-repeated age of luminous masterpieces? Peter Matthews looks into the digital future and finds it lacking. PLUS Mark Le Fanu and David Thompson mourn the loss of two of cinema's greatest artists.
First Love, Last Rites: Ian McEwan's Atonement revolves around a teenage would-be writer's fevered misinterpretation of events. Joe Wright has adapted it faithfully and flawlessly, says David Jays.
Vanishing Point: Can new German cinema continue to deliver? Yes, says Olaf M?ller after watching Christian Petzold's Yella, a portrait of the cold heart of capitalism seen through the dreams of a would-be emigree to the west PLUS Jason Wood talks to the director about Freud and finance.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: 12:08 East of Bucharest As You Like It Atonement Awarapan The Bourne Ultimatum Bratz Death Proof Disturbia DVD Review: The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On Evening A Few Days in September Gandhi My Father Happily N'Ever After Hot Rod License to Wed Michael Clayton A Mighty Heart Once Partner Provoked A True Story Ratatouille Rush Hour 3 The Serpent The Simpsons Movie The Singer Small Engine Repair Film of the Month: Syndromes and a Century Testosterone Tibet Cry of the Snow Lion Tough Enough We're All Christs When the Road Bends... Tales of a Gypsy Caravan The Yacoubian Building Year of the Dog Yella

Issue 197
September 2007
Love in the afternoon: D.H. Lawrence's iconic tale of unbridled passion has had many interpreters. But none has captured its title character's sensual awakening as effectively as Pascale Ferran in Lady Chatterley. Geoffrey Macnab talks to the director.
Documentary: shaking the world: Can cinema change the world? Mark Cousins believes it can. And to prove it, he's selected ten films from Europe, Asia and the US whose repercussions transformed the social, legislative or political climate.
Authentic talking cinema: Documentaries have been part of cinema history from the Lumi?res to Michael Moore, using the poetic and the political to expand the language of film. By Michael Chanan PLUS The S&S timeline chronicles a century of reality on screen.
The kino club: The British documentary movement that grew tall around John Grierson marshalled avant-garde aesthetics in the service of social change. Geoff Brown celebrates the centenaries of Edgar Anstey, Humphrey Jennings, Paul Rotha and Basil Wright.
Real appeal: How has big-screen documentary rallied from half a century of neglect to become newly fashionable in the 21st century? Nick Fraser reports PLUS Charles Gant picks out the top performers at the UK box office.
Written on the rooftops: This year's Edinburgh International Film Festival opens with Hallam Foe, a blinding Oedipal drama set in the Scottish capital. Ben Walters reports PLUS Nick James talks to DoP Christopher Doyle about filming Gus Van Sant's skater-boy movie Paranoid Park; Jonathan Romney previews Yella, Christian Petzold's cold take on modern life; Will Lawrence talks to comedy guru Judd Apatow about his new film Knocked Up; and Charles Whitehouse on Li Yang's tale of kidnapped brides, Blind Mountain.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: Hallam Foe 1408 Film of the month: Born and Bred Breach Copying Beethoven Dead Silence Dinosaurs Giants of Patagonia Evan Almighty Hairspray Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix The Hoax I for India I Have Never Forgotten You The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal DVD review: If.... In the Hands of the Gods Knocked Up Lady Chatterley Legacy Macbeth Mee-Shee The Water Giant No Body Is Perfect No Reservations Opera Jawa Rise of the Footsoldier Seraphim Falls Sparkle Sugarhouse Surf's Up This Filthy World Transformers Two Days in Paris

Issue 196
August 2007
Roll Forever: To mark a season of Andy Warhol films at the BFI Southbank, director Gus Van Sant tells Amy Taubin why he's been described as the Factory artist's alter ego.
Back to School: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is just the latest entry in a tradition of British boarding-school movies that stretches back to the 1930s. But the public-school ethos also spawned a slew of post-war films about men who refuse to grow up, argues Andrew Roberts.
75 Hidden Gems: Sight & Sound celebrates its 75th birthday by asking critics from around the world to nominate their favourite overlooked masterpiece. The result: 75 lost films you just have to track down.
Contenders: The high theatricality of Laurence Olivier and the understated realism of Marlon Brando may seem to hark from different eras. But both introduced a new naturalism, sexual ambiguity and male vulnerability to the art of acting. By Paul Ryan PLUS Graham Fuller celebrates Olivier's existential take on Henry V.
Living Rooms: Alain Resnais' Private Fears in Public Places weaves its themes of thwarted romances and warring couples around a study of personal space. Richard Combs traces the influences of theatre and documentary, time and memory in the director's work.
Film of the month: Daratt: Daratt explores issues raised by the amnesty that followed Chad's civil war through the story of a boy sent to avenge his father. Its emphasis on small gestures and cooperation bodes well for the future, says Roy Armes.
DVD Review: Psychopathia Sexualis: Bret Wood's film of a German medical text should have been a disaster. Instead, says, Tim Lucas, it's a triumph.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: * 4 Rise of the Silver Surfer, * All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, * Are We Done Yet?, * Buy It Now, * Captivity, * Cheeni Kum, * Film of the month: Daratt, * Die Hard 4.0, * Eagle vs Shark, * Electroma, * Firehouse Dog, * Frankie, * Hostel Part II, * In the Name Of, * Lucky You, * Messages, * Ocean's Thirteen, * Pirates of the Caribbean At World's End, * Private Fears in Public Places, * DVD Review: Psychopathia Sexualis, * PTU, * Running Stumbled, * Sherrybaby, * Shut Up & Sing, * Taking Liberties, * Tales from Earthsea, * Transylvania, * Waitress, * The Walker.

Issue 195
July 2007
Ken Russell: Sweet Swell Of Excess: The wild exuberance, surreal imagination and sheer vulgarity of Ken Russell's films of the 1970s and 1980s have earned him a place as patron saint of British extreme, argues Linda Ruth Williams. She talks to the director about the melody of image-making and his ongoing digital record of a cycle of seasons PLUS David Thompson remembers Russell's invention of the BBC television arts documentary.
Beyond the Horizon: To celebrate Mozart's 250th birthday, Viennese arts festival New Crowned Hope commissioned six films from Asia, Africa and South America that reflect the spirit of his music. Mark Cousins applauds their ambition PLUS James Bell talks to Dry Season director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and Geoffrey Macnab explains why funding cinema from developing nations has become a badge of honour for European festivals.
Cannes 2007: Tout va Bien: Cannes celebrated its 60th edition with a programme of films from such big-name directors as Wong Kar-Wai, Harmony Korine, Gus Van Sant, Aleksandr Sokurov, Catherine Breillat and Michael Winterbottom that promised entertainment to rival the partying. It was a year to admire actresses and to cheer the death of national cinema, says Nick James PLUS Jonathan Romney surrenders to the seductions of Carlos Reygadas' Silent Light; Geoff Andrew talks to Bela Tarr about The Man from London; and jury president Stephen Frears offers an insider's insights.
Cannes 2007: Blood Money: The Coen Brothers: The maverick Americans have proved the perfect choice to translate the harsh landscapes and laconic characters of Cormac McCarthy's elegiac borderland thriller No Country for Old Men into stunning cinema. By Nick James.
An American in Paris: Jack Valenti, head of the Motion Picture Association of America, was demonised by his European counterparts as the embodiment of US cultural imperialism. But was it justified, asks Bertrand Moullier.
DVD Review: Dont Look Back: A new edition of Pennebaker's candid and unflinching Bob Dylan portrait hits all the right notes, writes Tim Lucas.
Film of the Month: Lunacy: Michael Brooke finds Jan Svankmajer on surreal good form in a horror tale of blasphemous orgies, premature burials, madhouse revolution and raw meat that draws inspiration from de Sade and Edgar Allan Poe.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: * The Chumscrubber * DVD Review: Dont Look Back * ecoute le temps * Edmond * Exiled * Flanders * The Flying Scotsman * Fracture * Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure * Ghosts of Cite Soleil * Golden Door * Grow Your Own * Klimt * Kya Love Story Hai * Life in a Metro * Like Minds * Lovewrecked * Film of the Month: Lunacy * Magicians * Moli?re * Next * Paris je t'aime * Les Petites Vacances * Reno 911!: Miami * Shrek the Third * Shutter * Sketches of Frank Gehry * Spider-Man 3 * Taxidermia * The Tiger's Tail * Vacancy * La Vie en rose * The War on Democracy * Wedding Daze * The Wild Blue Yonder * Wild Tigers I Have Known

Issue 194
June 2007
10 Picks from the Grindhouse: Tim Lucas gets down and dirty - then takes himself off for a shower.
Radical Chic: As the Cannes film festival celebrates its 60th birthday, Chris Darke uncovers the history of political radicalism that underlies the glitz and glamour. PLUS Sight & Sound picks out ten Palme d'Or winners that have been unjustly forgotten.
Welcome to the Grindhouse: In Grindhouse Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez have produced an evening of B-movies and spoof trailers designed to take you back to your misspent youth. Nick James straps himself in for the ride.
Givers of the Viscera: Where did the thrills and spills of grindhouse come from? Mike Atkinson traces the history of a phenomenon that brought us gore-saturated torture, lesbian vampires, white-knuckle car chases and faux snuff.
Grindhouse Nights: Why did the British spoil the fun by turning trash into art? Tony Rayns recalls 1960s Soho and the pleasures of an uncensored Chinatown.
Speaking in Forked Tongues: Black Snake Moan features Samuel L. Jackson as a southern bluesman determined to cleanse Christina Ricci's nymphomaniac of her sins. It's a shame it lacks the courage of its convictions, says Ben Hervey.
The way it was: So authentic is Rolf de Heer's Ten Canoes that its story has been incorporated into Aboriginal myth. The director talks to James Bell about the process of its making.
Outsiders: The Battle of Algiers and Political Cinema: Gillo Pontecorvo's 1966 The Battle of Algiers has been both lauded by the left and studied by Pentagon hawks. But what constitutes a political film, asks Michael Chanan.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: * 28 Weeks Later, * The All Together, * DVD review: La Belle Captive, * Black Gold, * Black Snake Moan, * Blades of Glory, * The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros, * The Bothersome Man, * The Breed, * City of Violence, * Conversations with Other Women, * Flyboys, * The Future Is Unwritten, * Goodbye Bafana, * Goya's Ghosts, * Hacking Democracy, * Jindabyne, * The Last Mimzy, * Film of the Month: Longing, * The Mark of Cain, * The Messengers, * My Best Friend, * Namastey London, * The Night of the Sunflowers, * Nishabd, * Not Here to Be Loved, * Paradise Lost, * Perfect Stranger, * The Puffy Chair, * The Reaping, * Shooter, * Tell No One, * Ten Canoes, * Water, * Zizek!, * Zodiac.

Issue 193
May 2007
New Boots And Rants: It's 1983 and a victorious Margaret Thatcher has set her sights on the enemy at home. Shane Meadows' This Is England captures the era's embattled and tribal youth cultures with warmth and style. By Jon Savage.
You Must Be Joking: Roberto Rossellini followed his neorealist World War II trilogy with a biopic of St Francis of Assisi. Does its child-like blend of innocence and simplicity reveal how Italians would like to appear, asks Guido Bonsaver.
Eyes without a Face: Oscar-winner The Lives of Others offers a chilling recreation of East Germany's surveillance society. But is its tale of Stasi redemption just wishful thinking, asks Anna Funder.
Tombstone Blues: The Music Documentary Boom: Documentaries on Joe Strummer and Scott Walker are only the latest entries in a fast-growing genre. But is our obsession with past greats a tacit admission that the best years are over, asks Simon Reynolds.
Nerds on a Wire: David Fincher's real-life police procedural Zodiac represents a revolution in movie-making technology. Amy Taubin talks to the director and to DP Harris Savides.
Lights in the Dust: James Bell joins the celebrations in Burkina Faso around FESPACO, Africa's showcase cinema event. But how will the festival's films ever reach a local audience?.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue:.
* Film of the Month: 300, * Alpha Dog, * Away from Her, * Beyond Hatred, * Bridge to Terabithia, * The Caiman, * Catch and Release, * Close to Home, * Curse of the Golden Flower, * Dans Paris, * Eklavya The Royal Guard, * Ghost Rider, * The Hills Have Eyes II, * The Hitcher, * Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., * I Want Candy, * The Lives of Others, * Meet the Robinsons, * Midnight Movies From the Margin to the Mainstream, * Mr Bean's Holiday, * Mutual Appreciation, * Norbit, * Outlaw, * The Painted Veil, * Path??nder, * Popcorn, * Premonition, * Reign over Me.
* DVD review: Schoolgirl Report #1: What Parents Don't Think Is Possible, * Scott Walker 30 Century Man, * Straightheads, * This Is England, * TMNT, * Typhoon, * Unknown, * Wild Hogs.

Issue 192
April 2007
Sound And The Fury: Terence Davies: The Long Day Closes captures the sounds of a postwar iverpool childhood and the redeeming power of the picturehouse. But why can't director Terence Davies keep in regular work asks David Thompson.
Unknown Soldiers: Days Of Glory: Rachid Bouchareb's World War II drama Days of Glory reveals how France was liberated by North African soldiers whose efforts were wiped from history. What happened to their fight for freedom when they got home, asks Ali Jaafar.
Tragedies Of Ridiculous Men: The Consequences of Love provided a stylish spin on the theme of foolish men and beautiful women. Now Paolo Sorrentino is back with The Family Friend, the tale of an ugly loanshark told with breathtaking panache. By Jonathan Romney.
The Best Years In The Life of Richard Linklater: Unpredictable, frustrating, overreaching, underrated - Richard Linklater is a film-maker for our times. Here he tells Tim Robey why he took on the meat-processing industry expose Fast Food Nation.
Berlin: Coming In From The Cold: Americans Clint Eastwood, Steven Soderbergh and Robert De Niro flew into the festival with World War II and Cold War reruns, but it was two French costume dramas based on English classics that impressed Nick James and Jonathan Romney PLUS Tony Rayns uncovers the camp heart of the Forum; Geoff Andrew on Golden Bear winner Tuya's Marriage; Ali Jaafar on Beaufort's Silver Bear.
American Indies: That's Entertainment: Is today's American indie cinema anything more than a refuge for slumming stars in tales of dysfunction and depression, funded by the very system it supposedly opposes? Mike Atkinson reports PLUS Amy Taubin, Howard Feinstein, B. Ruby Rich and Hannah McGill offer their pick of US indie highlights.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: * Back in Business, * Because I Said So, * Becoming Jane, * Blood and Chocolate, * Brasileirinho, * Catch a Fire, * Days of Glory, * Duelist, * Eden, * Epic Movie, * Factory Girl, * The Family Friend, * Freedom Writers, * Funny Ha Ha, * Fur An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, * The Good Shepherd, * Half Nelson, * Hannibal Rising, * Hot Fuzz, * The Illusionist, * Inland Empire, * Lights in the Dusk, * Material Girls, * Music and Lyrics, * My Name Is Albert Ayler, * The Namesake, * The Number 23, * DVD: Red Angel, * The Reef, * Salaam-e-Ishq, * Satan, * Sleeping Dogs, * Stomp the Yard, * Sunshine, * The Truth about Love.

Issue 191
March 2007
The Ceremony Of Innocence: From Mick Jagger to Allen Ginsberg, Peter Whitehead captured the personalities and politics of the 1960s in films such as Tonite Let's All Make Love in London and The Fall. What drove him to give it all up in pursuit of falconry, asks Paul Cronin.
Degraded Dupes Steven Soderbergh: The Good German explores the shadowy underworld of political manoeuvring in post-war Berlin. Amy Taubin talks to its director Steven Soderbergh about confounding our expectations and capturing the look of the 1940s.
Daydream Believer David Lynch: Inland Empire is a typically Lynchian miasma of overlapping stories and identities, dream and consciousness, shot on digital in Los Angeles and Poland by the director himself. By Roger Clarke. Plus David Lynch tells Mike Figgis about fishing for ideas, the process of painting and why he'd rather die than return to celluloid.
Obituaries: January to December 2006: Sight & Sound pays tribute to the year's departed. By Bob Mastrangelo. Plus Philip Kemp on Shelley Winters; Ginette Vincendeau on Philippe Noiret and Gerard Oury; Donald Richie on Imamura Shohei; Tony Rayns on Cherd Songsri; Bob Mastrangelo on Henry Bumstead; and Nick James on Robin Buss and Andi Engel.
Josephine Baker An American In Paris: Josephine Baker starred in only four features, but her energetic performance style made her the best-paid black woman of her generation. Robin Buss traces her flight from US apartheid and fight to escape her jungle-girl image.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: * 9th Company, * After the Wedding, * Amazing Grace, * Arthur and the Invisibles, * Asterix and the Vikings, * Blue Blood, * The Bridge, * Charlotte's Web, * Climates, * Dark Horse, * Dreamgirls, * Eragon, * Fast Food Nation, * For Your Consideration, * The Fountain, * Goal II Living the Dream, * Gone, * The Good German, * Gridiron Gang, * A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, * I See You, * Letters from Iwo Jima, * Little Red Flowers, * Miss Potter, * DVD: Murder ? la Mod, * Night at the Museum, * Orchestra Seats, * Play, * A Prairie Home Companion, * The Pursuit of Happyness, * The Return, * Rocky Balboa, * School for Scoundrels, * Welcome to Dongmakgol, * White Noise: The Light, * Zoom.

Issue 190
February 2007
Sleeping With The Enemy: Back in 2003 Paul Verhoeven said that he had to leave Hollywood to save his soul. Now Black Book sees him return to his native Holland for a story that injects sex and adventure into the ambiguous realities of World War II resistance heroism. Linda Ruth Williams talks to the director about his obsessions.
African Cinema: Invisible Classics: To coincide with a London season of African cinema presented by Sight & Sound, Mark Cousins surveys the continent's directing talents and the unmissable movies that changed his view of the possibilities of film. Plus Abderrahmane Sissako, director of Bamako, on how he made the personal political.
African Cinema: Africa On Screen: Sight & Sound, Curzon Cinemas and the Ritzy are presenting a season of African films in London from 11 February to 18 March.
Robert Altman: Death And The Maidens: Death stalks Robert Altman's last film A Prairie Home Companion - in the form of a blonde in a white trenchcoat. Here Richard Combs traces the suicides and pregnancies, sisters and doubles, gamblers and shape-shifters that weave their way through the late director's oeuvre.
Under The Weather: Climates, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's follow-up to Uzak, once more has a snow-bound landscape and an emotionally isolated photographer at its centre - but this time he and his young girlfriend are played by Ceylan and his wife. By Nick James. Plus Ali Jaafar chain-smokes with the director and Geoff Andrew reviews a show of his stunning panoramic photography.
African Cinema: White Guides, Black Pain: The Last King of Scotland, Blood Diamond and Catch a Fire are just three recent films that look at Africa through white eyes. Their focus on beautiful landscapes and exotic danger obscures the facts of African lives, says Dave Calhoun. Plus Kevin Macdonald talks to Ali Jaafar about The Last King...
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: * Apocalypto, * Babel, * Bamako, * Black Book, * Black Christmas, * Blood Diamond, * Bobby, * The Covenant, * Dej? Vu, * Deck the Halls, * Esma's Secret, * Ghosts, * Grounded, * Happy Feet, * The Heart of the Game, * The Holiday, * Infamous, * Into Great Silence, * Iraq in Fragments, * It's a Boy/Girl Thing, * Kabul Express, * The Last King of Scotland, * Libero, * The Lives of the Saints.
* DVD: The Magus, * The Nativity Story, * Notes on a Scandal, * Old Joy, * Running with Scissors, * Smokin' Aces, * Suburban Mayhem, * Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, * Them, * Umrao Jaan, * Venus, * The West Wittering Affair.

Issue 189
January 2007
Features #British Cinema Now: The Lost Leader Colin MacCabe recalls Derek Jarman - and the joys of Super-8, queer politics and arthouse funding. Plus Melissa Gronlund on how film artefacts are filling the galleries #Before The Flood Gary McMahon walks the streets of New Orleans and recalls the city's finest cinematic moments. Plus Kaleem Aftab talks to Spike Lee about When the Levees Broke #The Films Of 2006: The Full List We asked our regular reviewers to choose five films they were impressed by in 2006. Whether these were the best, their favourite or the most culturally significant was left up to the writers. What follows is the full commentary of an edited version that appears in the magazine. #The Films Of 2006: Top Ten And the results are... British Cinema Now: Almost Rosy The BBC and Channel 4 are back in the business of financing films. Long may it last, says Nick Roddick. Plus Charles Gant reviews a strong year for UK films at the box office British Cinema Now: Greenlit Unpleasant Land UK cinema shows a welcome return to reflecting British life and a renewed interest in politics. But it needs to become great, not just good, argues Nick James British Cinema Now: Coming Through Slaughter When Paul Andrew Williams set out to make London to Brighton he sidestepped the usual grant-giving bodies and found a funding angel. He tells his story to Kieron Corless British Cinema Now: Thinking Outside The Box Political documentary has taken the box office by storm. But will new modes of distribution encourage a more adventurous aesthetic, asks Kieron Corless. Plus Jason Wood talks to Nick Broomfield about Ghosts Clint Eastwood: Tunnel Vision Flags of Our Fathers looks at World War II through the medium of the photograph that announced the capture of Iwo Jima. It might sound postmodern, but it's proof of the director's prowess as a classical film-maker, argues Richard Combs.
The complete list of films reviewed in this issue: * DVD: The Anniversary * Barnyard * Casino Royale * Dead Man's Cards * Employee of the Month * The Escape Clause * Fated * Flags of Our Fathers * Flushed Away * Frostbite * The Grudge 2 * Heroes and Villains * It's Winter * Jaan-e-Mann * Jackass Number Two * Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man * Little Children * New Police Story * Perfume The Story of a Murderer * Rampage * The Santa Clause 3 * Saw III * Something New * Step Up * Stranger than Fiction * The U.S. vs. John Lennon * The Upside of Anger * Waist Deep * Zindaggi Rocks

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