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Flixist's top 5 films of London Film Festival 2019

October has proven to be a busy month for Flixist, with a fantastic array of film and gaming events covered by our busy writers at this year’s New York Film Festival and New York Comic Con. Although we've yet to figure out a way to be...

 
 
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LFF Review: Harriet

It’s remarkable that the feats of Harriet Tubman, former slave-turned-civil-rights-activist, is a story that’s not been told in film before. A woman who became an abolitionist in the lead up to the American Civil War in 1861...

 
 
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LFF Review: The Aeronauts

Spend any amount of time in the UK and you’ll soon realise that weather is a favourite topic of conversation for Brits. So, in a year that’s been full of veritable storms, heatwaves, and hurricanes, it’s only fitting tha...

 
 
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LFF Review: Knives Out

It’s taken time to properly piece together my thoughts on Knives Out. It’s the sort of film that, because it’s been so carefully thought out, lends itself to equally careful consideration. Moulded unmistakably on Agath...

 
 
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LFF Review: Bad Education

Whether or not you’re familiar with all the details of the $11.2 million public school embezzlement scandal in New York in the early 00s, you soon will be after Cory Finley takes to the screen again this festival season. Compari...

 
 
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LFF Review: Marriage Story

Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) run a theatre company together in New York. Charlie directs, Nicole acts, they’re married, and they have a son. All has been well for years, but somehow it isn't enough for Nic...

 
 
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LFF Review: The Report

An indictment of bureaucracy at an acute level, The Report is the recipient of a lot of buzz online, largely owing to its high-profile cast and imminent Netflix release. Featuring Annette Bening (in a successful run, she’s alread...

 
 
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LFF Review: The King

The King is, in a word, severe. Formidably darker than Henry V adaptations in the past, it centres on a troubled Hal (Timothée Chalamet) who reluctantly takes on the mantle of kingship from a manipulative father (Ben Mendelsohn), f...

 
 
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LFF Review: Jojo Rabbit

During the opening sequence of Jojo Rabbit, Britpop plays over a montage of Nazi paraphernalia and propaganda. Archive footage shows Hitler reaching down from a podium to girls screaming to be with him, probably crying to have his babie...

 
 
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LFF Review: The Personal History of David Copperfield

If anyone can tease out the devilish humour and absurdity from Dickens, it’s Iannucci. The creative force behind satires like The Thick of It and The Death of Stalin is so well-matched to the material, in fact, that it’s a won...

 
 
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LFF Review: Lucky Grandma

A mobster flick that puts an elderly Chinese woman into a gang war in New York, Lucky Grandma was a bit of light fun to open LFF this year. Following the story of Grandma/Nai Nai (the energetic and cunning Tsai Chin), the story finds...

 
 
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LFF Review: Waves

The word synaesthesia refers to a trait in which a person experiences merged senses simultaneously -- such as hearing colours or seeing sound. It’s the only word I can use to touch on the intensity of the visual and aural experienc...

 
 
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LFF 2018 Review: Wild Rose

Every now and then there comes a film that’s just what you need: something life-affirming, something with just the right balance of reality and fantasy, something with a big ol’ glug of Nashville warbling. Yep, Wild Rose had it ...

 
 
 
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Review: Trishna

[This film was originally posted as part of our London Film Festival coverage. It has been reposted to coincide with its wider theatrical release.] There haven't been many notable British films at this year's London Film Festival, but Trish...

 
 
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Trailer: Headhunters

Headhunters is the story of Roger, played by Aksel Hennie, Norway's most prolific corporate headhunter. He is living a life of luxury well beyond his means, and steals art to compensate his financial woes. When he is eventually introduced ...

 
 
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Review: Coriolanus

[This was originally posted as part of our coverage of the London Film Festival 2011. It has been reposted to coincide with the film's US release.] You have to credit Ralph Fiennes for bravery. Shakespeare has rarely made an easy transition...

 
 
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Review: The Artist

[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of the 2011 New York Film Festival. It has been reposted to coincide with the film's theatrical release.] While I watched The Artist, I found my thoughts constantly being drawn to t...

 
 
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London Film Festival: Flixist Awards and Recap

The London Film Festival officially ended yesterday, and Flixist's coverage along with it. In truth, it hasn't been a stand-out year, as represented by the Festival's official awards ceremony giving its top prize to Lynne Ramsey's only d...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: W.E.

A film directed by Madonna is always going to be critic proof to a certain extent, because no matter how bad it is, its defenders will always claim that the writer had an agenda against her to begin with. To be fair, I don't think I have ev...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: Rebellion

Although director Mathieu Kassovitz has had a hard time getting his Hollywood career off the ground, with such unloved productions as Babylon A.D. and Gothika under his belt, it must not be forgotten that his career began with urban drama L...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: Wuthering Heights

Period dramas are often a fair bit darker on the page than they have turned out on the screen, where many of the less audience-friendly concepts get glossed over by a dense layer of corset envy and Colin Firth going for an inadvisable swim ...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: Headhunters

I knew very little about Headhunters going in, and possibly even less when I left. Sweden may be the go-to destination for thrillers right now, but judging by this film, Norway don't seem to be taking their neighbours' successes terribly se...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: Hara-Kiri

To Western eyes, director Miike Takeshi will probably forever be associated with the blood-soaked insanity of Audition, Ichi The Killer or Dead Or Alive. In Japan, though, he is quite the journeyman, often releasing as many as five movies i...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: 360

My coverage of this year's London Film Festival kicks off with the latest movie from Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles, whom many of you may know from his outstanding 2002 crime thriller, City Of God, or perhaps his 2005 adaptation of J...

 
 
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London Film Festival: Awards and Round-up

The 54th BFI London Film Festival concluded this week and with it, Flixist's coverage. Spanning fourteen films over the past eleven days - some good, some bad, some foreign - with their own full reviews and coverage of numerous Q&A sess...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: Black Swan

The final film in Flixist's London Film Festival coverage will also be director Darron Aronofsky's last before moving into the realm of big-budget Hollywood productions with the next Wolverine movie. Although it could be taken as a posit...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: Biutiful

AlejandroIñárritu was on the receiving end of his first critical slapping for Babel, a film whose story spanned the globe but only returned with the conclusion that everyone was connected through abject misery. ...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: Cold Fish

Director Shion Sono has claimed that his film is loosely based on a true story, that of dog breeder Gen Sekine who was convicted along with his wife for murdering four people and discarding the pieces of their burnt and dismembered bodies i...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: Route Irish

When war is privatised, it becomes hidden. Deceased soldiers are no longer honoured with a military ceremony commemorating the service they gave to their country, but sent home in a crate. So said director Ken Loach during the Q&A that ...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: Sleeping Beauty

Oh, France. You started the Festival out so well and went downhill from there. Catherine Breillat is best known in her home country for adapting Charles Perrault's fairytale Bluebeard into a feminist ode to the female spirit and attacking p...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: Thirteen Assassins

For the man notorious in the West for subversively shocking work like Ichi The Killer, Audition and Happiness of the Katakuris, the first hour of Takashi Miike's Thirteen Assassins, a remake of Eiichi Kudo's identically-named 1963 jidaigeki...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: Catfish

Star Nev Schulman and director Henry Joost appeared for a Q&A session at the end of the London Film Festival Catfish screening. For once I had my camera with me. Determined to get a decent shot, I was adjusting the focus and trying to f...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: Young Girls In Black

If Of Gods And Men showed French cinema at its finest, a quietly powerful reflection on faith and its ability to both unite and divide, Young Girls In Black represents the opposite extreme. Even at ninety minutes, it drags interminably and ...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: The Pipe

At its heart, the story of The Pipe is a profound and disturbing failure of democracy. It's all too easy to take for granted the numerous controversies and immoralities that we hear of governments taking part in on the news because they alw...

 
 
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London Film Festival: Let Me In stars and director Q&A

The second big screening of the London Film Festival, Let Me In, concluded with an unannounced question-and-answer session with director Matt Reeves, producer Simon Oakes and young stars Chloë Grace Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee. The latter...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: Never Let Me Go

This adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go instilled in me a great desire to pick up the book as soon as possible. Unfortunately this was not down to the film being especially accomplished, but because much of my time in the cinema...

 
 
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London Film Festival: Opening Night Gala report

The casino sitesi 54th BFI London Film Festival kicked off last Wednesday with the cinematic adaptation of Kazuo Ishigura's novel Never Let Me Go as its Opening casino Gala event. The screening was attended by the insanely attractive trip...

 
 
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London Film Festival Review: Of Gods And Men

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Frozen 2"Thawing"

 

Ford v Ferrari"Car Wars"

 

10 Minutes Gone"Regrettably forgettable"

 

Recap: The Mandalorian (Season 1, Episode 1)"Star Wars, but with more shooting"

 

The Shed"It's actually about the vampire inside the shed"

 

Lady and the Tramp"Wait, this isn't a cash grab?"

 

Midway"戦争はつまらない"

 

Primal"Cage v. Jaguar"

 

Official Secrets"For your eyes only"

 

Doctor Sleep"Not The Shining"

 

Red Letter Day"'You were going to kill my daughter... live on the internet!?'"

 

Terminator: Dark Fate"We're fated to get more sequels"

 

Inside Game"A different kind of whistleblower"

 

Marla"IUDEAD on arrival"

 

The Lighthouse"A twisted tale of American horror"

 

Zombieland: Double Tap"New zombies, same jokes"

 

Carmen Sandiego (Season Two)"Sins of the father"

 

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil"EEEEEEEEVIIIIIIIIIIIIL"

 

Trick"Give me something good to stab (and stab and stab)"

 

Metallica: S&M²"Fight Fire With Fire"

 

LFF Harriet"Be free or die"

 

Gemini Man"Does whatever a gemini can"