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Last update: 2011-11-23

Guilty Pleasures: The Peacemaker

2011-11-23
Length: 10m 14s

Barry Norman and I seem to be the only two human beings on the planet who rather like Mimi Leder's The Peacemaker (1997).  It might be a by-the-numbers action thriller, Nicole Kidman might have terrible hair and George Clooney might just be playin…

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Terrence Malick: The New World - Part Two

2011-11-16
Length: 17m 48s

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Terrence Malick: The New World - Part One

2011-11-09
Length: 16m 58s

Part One of Two.  Exploring the context of Malick's fourth feature film The New World (2005).  The greatest American film since The Thin Red Line (1998) and the most …

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Overlooked Gems: The Mosquito Coast

2011-11-02
Length: 14m 33s

Peter Weir is a craftsman director, one who operates in service to the story.  Here he brings Paul Theroux's book to life via Paul Schrader's screenplay and Harrison Ford's remarkable performance against type.

Written and presented by M…

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Television Special: Prime Suspect

2011-10-26
Length: 14m 4s

The Helen Mirren staring police procedural is the best British television series of the 1990s, this week Left Field Cinema explores some of the reason why.

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.

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Ingmar Bergman: The Virgin Spring

2011-10-19
Length: 9m 21s

Bergman's tale of revenge and faith is as devastating today as it was in 1960.  The Virgin Spring represents his most award winning film and the only one to be remade into an American video nasty in the form of Wes Craven's Last House on the Left.…

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Asian Avant-Garde: Soi Cowboy

2011-10-12
Length: 15m 43s

British director Thomas Clay's Thailand-set, art house inspired slow burning and difficult film is either an inspired homage or pretentious garbage.  For once we at Left Field Cinema can't make up our minds!

Written by Wilson McLachlan …

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Guilty Pleasures: Passenger 57

2011-10-05
Length: 11m 49s

Kevin Hook's masterfully dreadful action caper Passenger 57 (1992) represents the very worst of the genre.  It fails on every conceivable level (and there are many) but is a bloody good laugh.

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.<…

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Krzysztof Kieslowski: Three Colours Red

2011-09-28
Length: 13m 3s

The final part of Kieslowski's masterful pan-European trilogy.  Three Colours Red examines fraternity via privacy, a glorious swan song for the great Polish director.

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.

Quotations read…

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Krzysztof Kieslowski: Three Colours White

2011-09-21
Length: 11m 51s

Released in 1994, the second film in the unrivaled trilogy, based on the French National Motto.  Three Colours White (

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Krzysztof Kieslowski: Three Colours Blue

2011-09-14
Length: 18m 13s

For the 200th episode of Left Field Cinema, we examine the first part of Kieslowski's cinematic swan song, his magnificent exploration of liberty through the emotion of grief.  

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.

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American Masterpiece: Dead Man

2011-09-07
Length: 13m 10s

Jim Jarmusch's only masterpiece, Dead Man (1995), is the very model of an anti-western, through metaphor and semiotics he deconstructs the cannibalistic tendencies of American industry.

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.

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American Masterpiece: Trouble in Paradise

2011-08-31
Length: 13m 27s

Ernst Lubitsch's screwball romantic comedy Trouble in Paradise (1932) is a fine example of a pre Hays Code American film and features a trio of brilliant comic performances.  

Written by Wilson McLachlan.  Additions written by Mike…

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World Cinema Masterpiece: Possession

2011-08-24
Length: 11m 24s

Andrzej Zulawski's masterpiece of horror Possession (1981) was unfairly branded a "video nasty" in the 1980s.  It is an influential example of expressionistic cinema and is only now coming into its own as the various bans have been lifted.

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World Cinema Masterpiece: Come and See

2011-08-17
Length: 13m 28s

In 1985, at the height of his powers Elem Klimov wrapped his career up with Come and See (Idi i smorti) a powerful and disturbing war film which is as effective today as it was nearly three decades ago.

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.<…

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Overlooked Gems: Galaxy Quest

2011-08-10
Length: 11m 32s

Dan Parisot's Galaxy Quest (1999) is a parody bordering on post-modern science fiction adventure.  Generally mis-marketed it fell foul of box office obscurity but has gained a cult following on VHS and DVD.  A paradoxical film, its very exist…

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Hidden Classics: Stolen Kisses

2011-08-03
Length: 14m 5s

Francois Truffaut's 1968 film Stolen Kisses (Share this episode

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American Masterpiece: Bad Day at Black Rock

2011-07-27
Length: 10m 35s

American paranoid hysteria boiled down to a gritty modern noir wrapped in an anti-western.  John Sturges' stunning film is a unique, tightly written film that tackles a big subject in a small context.

Written and presented by Mike Dawso…

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Television Special: The Sopranos - Part One

2011-07-05
Length: 19m 41s

Part One of Three of this extended examination of David Chase's gangster series The Sopranos (1999-2007).  Part One is a critical overview for the show and a reflection on how HBO produces such literate television.

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Television Special: The Sopranos - Part Two

2011-07-05
Length: 19m 12s

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Television Special: The Sopranos - Part Three

2011-07-05
Length: 17m 21s

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Special: Listener Reviews - Sixth Edition

2011-06-29
Length: 25m 11s

Two reviews of two films by two writers in this the sixth edition of the Left Field Cinema listener reviews. A review of The Silent Villiage (1943) directed by Humphrey Jennings.  Then continuing the World War II theme, a damning analysis of Steve…

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Comparative Examination: Unrelated and Archipelago

2011-06-22
Length: 13m 58s

Joanna Hogg is the best British director you've never heard of; Unrelated (2007) and Archipelago (2011) are two of the most exciting films to emerge from these islands for many a year, the pair dovetail each other magnificently and study that most unno…

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Krzysztof Kieslowski: The Scar and Camera Buff

2011-06-15
Length: 10m 26s

Kieslowski's career had a perfect upward trajectory and with this in mind, his first films The Scar (1975) and Camera Buff (1979) are easily the weakest of his cinematic output.  However there is much of interest to be found here, partic…

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Andrei Tarkovsky: Nostalgia

2011-06-08
Length: 12m 51s

Tarkovsky's sixth film as director, Nostalgia (1983) is a departure in many ways from his previous work.  It is his first film abroad, but paradoxically it is his most patriotic film as well.  Often regarded as one of his weaker films, but if…

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Overlooked Gems: City Hall

2011-06-01
Length: 12m 7s

Harold Becker's conspiracy thriller City Hall (1996) could have been one of the most popular thrillers of the 1990s thanks to its impressive script and excellent performances - but instead it faded into relative obscurity.  This episode examines b…

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Guilty Pleasures: Moulin Rouge!

2011-05-25
Length: 9m 12s

More emphasis on "guilt" than "pleasure" in this weeks examination of Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! (2001).  Please listen, I've not lost the plot.  Honest.

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.

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Analysis: The Opening Sequence of When Harry Met Sally

2011-05-18
Length: 10m 47s

Rob Reiner's When Harry Met Sally (1989) written by Nora Ephron, is generally considered one of the best romantic comedies of all time.  Its opening sequence is something special as it perfectly foreshadows what is to come and sets the stage for t…

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Analysis: The Films of Anh Hung Tran - Part Two

2011-05-11
Length: 19m 52s

Part Two of Two.  Anh Hung Tran is one the greatest directors working today, in this episode of Left Field Cinema we examine his two latest films which move away from Tran's native Vietnam. Starting with cacophonic masterpiece I Come with the Rain…

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Analysis: The Films of Anh Hung Tran - Part One

2011-05-04
Length: 20m 3s

Part One of Two.  Anh Hung Tran is one the greatest directors working today, in this episode of Left Field Cinema we examine his first three films also known as "The Vietnam Trilogy". Starting with his debut The Scent of Green Papaya (1993), his w…

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Analysis: Ghostbusters – A Family Fantasy or Adult Comedy?

2011-04-27
Length: 15m 30s

It's a tale of a director and two writers.  Director Ivan Reitman wanted to produce a family oriented film, screenwriters Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis appear to be aiming for an older crow.  But who won the battle? 

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Analysis: Wild River and the Politics of Elia Kazan

2011-04-20
Length: 17m 28s

Elia Kazan's testimony before the HUAC in 1952 was the defining event of Kazan's career.  From this point on his politics and sense of personal morality have been questioned by many in Hollywood and his actions have never been fully forgiven. &nbs…

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Guilty Pleasures: Jumpin' Jack Flash

2011-04-13

Penny Marshall's Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986) is an acute example of the bizarre trend in the 1980s of blending comedies and thrillers.  For Whoopie Goldberg it makes an excellent example of her often underrated work as an actor.

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Analysis: The Romanian New Wave - Part Four

2011-04-06

Part Four of Four.  Occasionally the Romanian New Wave moves away from reality, in this episode we explore metaphysics in relation to Cristian Nemescu's California Dreamin' (2007) and Catalin Mitulescu's How I Spent the End of the World (2006). &n…

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Analysis: The Romanian New Wave - Part Three

2011-03-30
Length: 18m 17s

Part Three of Four.  Radu Muntean is the most prolific filmmaker of the Romanian New Wave, but he's also the least known and the most unusual.  Muntean's three films The Paper Will Be Blue (2006); Boogie (2008) and Tuesday, After Christmas (2…

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Analysis: The Romanian New Wave - Part Two

2011-03-23
Length: 18m 55s

Part Two of Four.  Comedy and politics make for important elements of the Romanian New Wave, in this episode we examine two films by Corneliu Porumboiu, 12:08 East of Bucharest (2006) and Police, Adjective (2009) as well as Cristian Mungiu's Tales…

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Analysis: The Romanian New Wave - Part One

2011-03-16
Length: 20m 12s

Part One of Four.  In this introduction to the extraordinary Romanian New Wave, we'll examine the causes of the movement and Cristi Puiu's seminal feature film The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005) the first feature film in the wave.

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Documentary Milestone: Boxing Gym

2011-03-09
Length: 16m 50s

An example of Direct Cinema, in Frederick Wiseman's Boxing Gym (2010) a balletic portrait of a fitness institution.

Written by Wilson McLachlan.  Additions written by Mike Dawson.  Presented by Mike Dawson.

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Guilty Pleasures: Fear City

2011-03-02
Length: 14m 10s

In a career with more lows than highs, why are Abel Ferrara's films so watchable?  This and other questions are asked in this edition of Left Field Cinema, as we examine Ferrara's lowest basest work to date Fear City (1984).

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Hidden Classics: Children of the Beehive

2011-02-23
Length: 10m 44s

Hiroshi Shimizu's Children of the Beehive (1948) is a forgotten gem in the rubble of cinema, a Japanese feature film post World War II with echos of Dickens and a socially aware commentary on the orphans left behind at the end of that great conflict.

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Overlooked Gems: Birth

2011-02-16
Length: 15m 4s

Jonathan Glazer's second feature film Birth (2004) is a fascinating drama in the vain of Rosemary's Baby, The Shining and other paedophobic horror films.  Featuring a stand-out performance from Nicole Kidman.

Written and presented by Mi…

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Contemporary Obscurity: The Stoning of Soraya M.

2011-02-09
Length: 15m 11s

Anger and cinema are here explored via Cyrus Nowrasteh's film The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008) which walks a fine line between moral crusading and islamophobia.

Written and presented by Mike Dawson. 

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Analysis: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - The Group Meeting Scene

2011-02-02
Length: 16m 36s

A beat-by-beat scene analysis of the second group meeting in Milos Forman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).

Written by Margit Keerdo.  Presented by Mike Dawson.

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Analysis: The Films of Christopher Nolan - Part Two

2011-01-26
Length: 21m 38s

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Analysis: The Films of Christopher Nolan - Part One

2011-01-19
Length: 17m 37s

Part One of a special two-part analysis exploring the films of Christopher Nolan.  This week examining Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight (2008).

Presented by Mike Dawson. Written by Alec Price and Mike Dawson.

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Television Special: Battlestar Galactica - Part Two

2011-01-12
Length: 21m 19s

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Television Special: Battlestar Galactica - Part One

2011-01-05
Length: 19m 17s

Part One of this special edition of Left Field Cinema examining Ronald D. Moore and David Eick's Science Fiction masterpiece Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009).

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.

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Special: Top Ten Films of 2010 - Part Two

2010-12-29
Length: 22m 40s

Find out which films make numbers 05-01 of the Left Field Cinema Top Ten of 2010.

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.

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Special: Top Ten Films of 2010 - Part One

2010-12-22
Length: 19m 48s

Find out which films make numbers 10-06 of the Top Ten of 2010.

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.

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Special: The Worst Film of 2010

2010-12-15
Length: 13m 23s

A special edition of Left Field Cinema examines the worst film of 2010, James Nguyen's low-budget Hitchcock homage Bidemic: Shock and Terror.  

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.  

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Special: Preview of 2011 - Part Two

2010-12-08
Length: 17m 32s

A special look ahead to som…

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Special: Preview of 2011 - Part One

2010-12-01
Length: 17m 27s

A special look ahead to some films coming to a cinema near you in the coming year. Part One examines Mohamed Al Daradji’s Son of Babylon, Share this episode

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Special: Listener Reviews - Fifth Edition

2010-11-24
Length: 18m 43s

Two reviews of three films by two writers in this the fifth edition of the Left Field Cinema listener reviews.  A comparison of Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast (1946) and Disney's Beauty and the Beast (1991).  A review of Luca Guadagnino'…

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Overlooked Gems: The Claim

2010-11-17
Length: 24m 12s

The Claim (2000) Michael Winterbottom's hidden gem is the best Western of the last decade with a tour-de-force central performance from Peter Mullan.  This episode featuring a look back at the career of the director.

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Comparative Examination: El Mariachi, Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico

2010-11-10
Length: 17m 40s

Robert Rodriguez took the film world by storm in 1992 with his $7,000 budgeted feature film El Mariachi.  The film is an excellent example of low budget filmmaking and what can be achieved with very little money.  The sequels Desperado (1995)…

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Analysis: Morality, Sexism, Infidelity and Fatal Attraction

2010-11-03
Length: 18m 20s

Adrian Lyne's Fatal Attraction (1987) is very much a product of the 1980's, a horror film wrapped in a very human drama.  But where does the film stand on the morality of its central characters and what statement does it make about the moral conse…

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Contemporary Obscurity: Afterschool

2010-10-27
Length: 12m 54s

27 year old director Antonio Campos' film Afterschool (2008) examines the relationships between the consumer and the producer, using modern technology as weapons of terror, from videography to the internet.

Written and presented by Mike Daws…

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Asian Avant-Garde: Thirst

2010-10-20
Length: 19m 26s

Park Chan Wook's latest film Thirst (Bakjwi) is an excellent subversion and contortion of the vampire genre.  This episode features an extended look back at the career of South Korea's most famous director.

Written and presented by Mike…

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Hidden Classics: Where the Sidewalk Ends

2010-10-13
Length: 17m 15s

Otto Preminger is an underrated master of the Noir genre, in Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) the director re-unites the cast of Laura (1944) for one of the grittiest films the genre would offer at the time.

Written and presented by Mike Dawso…

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Asian Avant-Garde: City of Life and Death

2010-10-06
Length: 13m 45s

Chuan Lu's City of Life and Death (Nanjing! Nanjing!) is easily the most brutal, gut wrenching and disturbing war movie in recent years, cataloging the infamous Rape of Nanking in stunning monochrome and with relentless realism.  

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Guilty Pleasures: Mulholland Falls

2010-09-29
Length: 12m 46s

Lee Tamahori's Mulholland Falls (1996) is a classic case of "the cinema of mistakes".  A peculiar and paradoxical bracket which implies that sometimes the more errors a film makes the better it becomes. This poor mans L.A Confidential is a lot bet…

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Andrei Tarkovsky: Stalker

2010-09-22
Length: 17m 3s

1979 Andrei Tarkovsky released his fifth feature film as director, Stalker (Сталкер).  The production is often thought to be responsible for the great director's eventual de…

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Terrence Malick: The Thin Red Line - Part Three

2010-09-15
Length: 19m 57s

Part Three of Three of this extended edition of Left Field Cinema examining Terrence Malick's masterpiece of the war movie genre - The Thin Red Line (1998).  In this episode we examine the films themes, meaning and interpretive possibilities.

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Terrence Malick: The Thin Red Line - Part Two

2010-09-08
Length: 22m 28s

Part Two of Three of this extended edition of Left Field Cinema examining Terrence Malick's masterpiece of the war movie genre - The Thin Red Line (1998).  Part Two examines what makes the film so unique within the width and breadth of cinema.&nbs…

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Terrence Malick: The Thin Red Line - Part One

2010-09-01
Length: 22m 16s

Part One of Three of this special extended edition of Left Field Cinema examining Terrence Malick's masterpiece of the war movie genre - The Thin Red Line (1998).  Part one will examine the film extra-textually in relation to Steven Spielberg's Sa…

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Contemporary Obscurity: The Consequences of Love

2010-08-25
Length: 15m 18s

Paolo Sorrentino's The Consequences of Love is a flawed yet highly distinctive modern gangster film, boasting stunning photography, unusual pacing and a nuanced central performance from Toni Servillo.

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.&nb…

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Asian Avant-Garde: Nobody Knows

2010-08-18
Length: 18m 9s

Continuing Left Field Cinema's exploration of the work of the great Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda, this episode explores one of his best films to date, a tragic drama centered around the abandonment of four children to fend for themselves in mode…

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Analysis: The Films of Hirokazu Koreeda

2010-08-11
Length: 18m 12s

Hirokazu Koreeda is the unsung great director of Japanese cinema.  Koreeda is his nation's equivalent of Michael Winterbottom, a chameleonic filmmaker who has never told the same story twice and is a master of all styles.  Paradoxically thoug…

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Comparative Examination: Cannibal Holocaust and The Blair Witch Project

2010-08-04
Length: 19m 3s

Originality vs. Good Filmmaking is explored in this edition of Left Field Cinema as we compare Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust (1980) and Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez's The Blair Witch Project (1999), two horror classics with the same conceit…

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Overlooked Gems: Julia

2010-07-28
Length: 14m 53s

Erick Zonca's Julia (2008) is an excellent pastiche of the thrillers directed by John Cassavetes.  Tilda Swinton provides a memorable performance in the titular role of Julia - the constantly dissembling alcoholic.

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Contemporary Obscurity: Father of My Children​

2010-07-21
Length: 15m 56s

Actor turned writer director Mia Hansen-Løve's second feature film Father of My Children​ (Share this episode

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Analysis: The ‘burbs - An Inditement or a Celebration of Suberban Paranoia and Moral Panic?

2010-07-14
Length: 16m 14s

Joe Dante's The 'burbs (1989) is an succinct demonstration of how every single element of a film is of the utmost importance and how floundering on a single component can completely destroy a movie's moral balance sheet.

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Documentary Milestone: Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno

2010-07-07
Length: 14m 52s

Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno (L'enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot) catalogues the events that …

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Special: Listener Reviews - Fourth Edition

2010-06-30
Length: 23m 35s

Three reviews by three writers of three films in this the fourth edition of the Left Field Cinema Listener Reviews. This week we examine Greg Mottola's Adventureland (2009), Peter Doctor, David Silverman and Lee Unkrich's Monster's Inc (2001) and Eric Roh…

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Guilty Pleasures: The Long Kiss Goodnight

2010-06-23
Length: 18m 31s

Renny Harlin may have directed The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) but this action-comedy thriller is most definitely writer Shane Black's film.

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.

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World Cinema Masterpiece: Dersu Uzala

2010-06-16
Length: 16m 37s

Akira Kurosawa is widely considered a titan of world cinema, this episode examines his career through six decades with numerous outstanding classics to his name. Dersu Uzala (1975) represents a departure in setting for the Japanese director to the mysteri…

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Hidden Classics: Room at the Top

2010-06-09
Length: 14m 48s

At the start of the British New Wave (AKA: The Angry Young Men) came one of the best British films of that era.  Jack Clayton's Room at the Top (1959) is a gritty uncompromising slice of northern life which made Oscar history in several categories bu…

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Theodoros Angelopoulos: The Beekeeper

2010-06-02
Length: 15m 10s

In 1986 Angelopoulos moved away from the cinematic symphonies he is well known for and attempted a chamber piece.   The resulting film was one of his most flawed if intriguing productions - The Beekeeper (O melissokomos).


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World Cinema Masterpiece: Tropical Malady

2010-05-26
Length: 13m 46s

Tropical Malady (Sud pralad) represents Apichatpong Weerasethakul's third feature film as director and confirms him as an outstanding directorial talent on the world stage and one of the finest contemporary filmmakers.   This episode also features a …

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Contemporary Obscurity: Gravesend

2010-05-19
Length: 13m 28s

Salvatore Stabile's directed Gravesend (1997) a low budget American Indie while he was still a teenager.  This impressive and violent drama shows immense promise in the same ways as the early works of Martin Scorsese.


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Contemporary Obscurity: To Get to Heaven First You Have to Die

2010-05-12
Length: 13m 0s

Jamshed Usmonov's third feature film To Get to Heaven First You Have to Die (Bihisht …

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Contemporary Obscurity: Last Night

2010-05-05
Length: 16m 3s

Is Don McKellar's end-of-the-world-movie Last Night (1998) a uniquely Canadian drama?  Or does the film present a more universal theme and message?


Written and presented by Mike Dawson

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Ingmar Bergman: The Best Intentions

2010-04-23
Length: 14m 23s

An examination of Billie August's 1992 feature film The Best Intentions, written by Ingmar Bergman about the first ten years of his parent's relationship.  The film prompts interesting questions of causality and proves that even Bergman wasn't the on…

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Contemporary Obscurity: Valhalla Rising

2010-04-20
Length: 19m 6s

Valhalla Rising is a highly effective fusion of poetic meditations on religion and blood thirsty violence.  Featuring a mesmerising central performance from Mads Mikkelsen as a brutal silent Viking killer.  This episode also features a look back…

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World Cinema Masterpiece: Sound of the Mountain

2010-04-07
Length: 20m 29s

Mikio Naruse is a commonly overlooked Japanese director, one whose works deserve to be more widely seen. This episode examines his 1954 masterpiece Sound of the Mountain (Yama no oto) a domestic melodrama starring the great Setsuko Hara in one of the l…

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Guilty Pleasures: Black Rain

2010-03-31
Length: 14m 53s

Ridley Scott's flawed cop thriller Black Rain (1989) has a far more complex and innovate subtext than a film as formulaic as this deserves. This episode explores the subtext and the films subtle contortions of cop thri…

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Analysis: Starship Troopers - The Sociopolitical Satire

2010-03-28
Length: 20m 3s

Paul Verhoeven's 1997 science fiction epic Starship Troopers is actually a socio-political attacking American militarism and globalisation.  Unfortunately the films political message that "war makes fascists of us all" was lost on the average viewer.…

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Asian Avant-Garde: Spirited Away

2010-03-24
Length: 19m 20s

Hayao Miyazaki's 2001 film Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi) is easily the best animated feature film of the last decade. Miyazaki…

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Overlooked Gems: Morvern Callar

2010-03-17
Length: 11m 54s

Lynne Ramsay's sophomore feature film Morvern Callar (2002) is a beautiful if aimless tale of a vacant super market employee who travels to Ibiza after her boyfriend commits suicide.  The Guardian ranked this as the most under rated film of the la…

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Ingmar Bergman: Three Strange Loves

2010-03-10
Length: 14m 2s

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Overlooked Gems: Capricorn One

2010-03-03
Length: 16m 12s

Part conspiracy thriller, part science fiction, part action adventure.   Peter Hyams' under rated 1977 fake-mars-landing centred feature film Capricorn One demonstrates what a talent Hyams had for high-octane action and witty dialogue early in his…

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Contemporary Obscurity: Katalin Varga

2010-02-24
Length: 15m 26s

Peter Strickland's utlra low budget revenge tale Katalin Varga (2009) is a great example of how to make a highly effective film with only the essentials. Where Hollywood so frequently flounders with excessive finance, Strickland succeeds with barely an…

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Analysis: The Politics of the Jack Ryan Movies

2010-02-17
Length: 24m 9s

Tom Clancy's spy novels have been adapted to the silver screen for many years.  John McTiernan's The Hunt For the Red October (1990), Phillip Noyce's Patriot Games (1992), Clear and Present Danger (1994) and Phil Alden Robinson's Sum of All Fears …

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Krzysztof Kieslowski: No End

2010-02-10
Length: 12m 42s

No End (Bez Konca) is Krzysztof Kieslowski's fourth feature film as director.  It is part ghost story, part political drama, b…

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Television Special: Homicide: Life on the Street - Part Two

2010-02-03
Length: 19m 59s

Part two of this double episode examining Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson's 1990's cop drama based on David Simon's book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.  This episode continues the examination of the characters, looks at the best episodes …

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Television Special: Homicide: Life on the Street - Part One

2010-01-27
Length: 20m 6s

Part one of a two-part examination of NBC's triumphant 1990's Baltimore-set cop drama. Based on David Simon's excellent true-crime novel Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.  This week examining how the show worsened progressively as the show…

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American Masterpiece: Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

2010-01-20
Length: 17m 48s

Sam Peckinpah's less known (but superior) Western is a forgotten masterpiece of the genre and explores the theme of dying like no other film before or since.  Produced in 1973 it is years ahead of its time and features brilliant performances from …

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Special: Top Twenty Films of the Decade - Part Two

2010-01-13
Length: 23m 15s

Find out which films make numbers 10-01 of Left Field Cinema's Top Twenty Films of the decade.

Written and Presented by Mike Dawson.

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Special: Top Twenty Films of the Decade - Part One

2010-01-06
Length: 22m 27s

As the 2000's have drawn to a close it's time to look back on Left Field Cinema's twenty best films of the past ten years. Numbers 20-10 are discussed in this episode.

Written and Presented by Mike Dawson.

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Guilty Pleasures: Strange Days

2009-12-30
Length: 16m 19s

The first in the new Guilty Pleasures Series, this week examining Kathryn Bigelow's messy 1995 Science Fiction thriller Strange Days, set ten years ago on New Years Eve 1999 it's about five films wrapped into one but has moments of greatness which over…

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Special: Top Ten Films of 2009 - Part Two

2009-12-23
Length: 19m 12s

Find out which films make numbers 5-1 of the Left Field Cinema top ten films of 2009.

Written and Presented by Mike Dawson.

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Special: Top Ten Films of 2009 - Part One

2009-12-16
Length: 21m 32s

Find out which films make numbers 10-6 of the Left Field Cinema top ten films of 2009. Part Two to follow in the next episode.

Written and Presented by Mike Dawson.

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Special: Listener Reviews - Third Edition

2009-12-09
Length: 24m 7s

Three reviews from three writers, in this the third edition of the Left Field Cinema listener reviews where you get to write the episode.  This weeks reviews include Alan J. Pakula's All the Presidents Men (1976), Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Wee…

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British Masterpiece: The Lady Vanishes

2009-12-02

Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 comedic spy thriller The Lady Vanishes is a work of pure genius merging genres and proving that in his early years the London-born director really could make great movies.  Also featuring an extended look back at Hitchcock'…

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Asian Avant-Garde: Last Life in the Universe

2009-11-25
Length: 18m 17s

Pen-Ek Ratanaruang may have employed parts of his team from Hong Kong and Japan for his 2003 film, but Last Life in the Universe (Ruang rak noi nid mahasan) is most assuredly a Thai picture in every way that counts.

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American Masterpiece: Five Easy Pieces

2009-11-18
Length: 22m 16s

In many ways Bob Rafelson's 1970 feature film Five Easy Pieces represents the start of the second golden age of American cinema, coming at the very start of the decade famous for it's subversive and intellectual movie making, this represents one of the…

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Krzysztof Kieslowski: The Double Life of Veronique

2009-11-11
Length: 17m 56s

The Kieslowski series continues, this time examining his 1991 masterpiece and arguably greatest feature film The Double Life of Veronique (La double vie de Véronique), a study of the invisible connections between human beings, boasting a beautif…

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Overlooked Gems: Devil in a Blue Dress

2009-11-04
Length: 12m 50s

Carl Franklin's 1995 Neo Noir Devil in a Blue Dress doesn't garner the same level of plaudits as the likes of China Town or L.A. Confidential, but it is an overlooked gem worthy of your attention. Starring Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle.

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Theodoros Angelopoulos: The Travelling Players

2009-10-28
Length: 14m 14s

The last of Left Field Cinema's five favourite directors, starting this series with his four hour in length 1975 Brechtian masterpiece The Travelling Players.

Presented by Mike Dawson.  Written by Mike Daw…

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Documentary Milestone: Looking For Richard

2009-10-21
Length: 11m 40s

Al Pacino is probably best known for his film acting in 1970's classics like The Godfather and Dog Day Afternoon. What might surprise you is that he also directs and what might surprise you more is the sort of film he likes to direct. Looking For Rich…

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Andrei Tarkovsky: Mirror

2009-10-14
Length: 28m 10s

For the 100th episode of Left Field Cinema, a special extended examination of Andrei Tarkovsky's greatest masterwork, the 1975 feature film, Mirror (Зеркало). A miracle of a film by the fact of its very existence, a film which may well change the way y…

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Analysis: The First Ten Minutes of Serenity

2009-10-07
Length: 22m 32s

Joss Whedon's film adaptation of the flop TV series Firefly (2002) had to both inform new viewers of its complex context whilst avoiding potential alienation of the die-hard fans. This edition examines the perfectly balanced pre-title sequence of Seren…

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American Masterpiece: The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

2009-09-30
Length: 14m 19s

John Cassavetes' crime thriller is one of the forgotten classics of 1970's American cinema. A brilliant central performance from Ben Gazzara and a intense naturalistic presentation of events make The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) an unmi…

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Asian Avant-Garde: Eureka

2009-09-23
Length: 17m 35s

In 2000 Shinji Aoyama's visually stunning three and a half hour meditation on the nature of trauma was released. Eureka (Yûrika) is one of the finest Japanese films of the decade.

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.

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British Masterpiece: King Lear

2009-09-16
Length: 14m 8s

Peter Brook's 1971 screen adaptation of William Shakespeare's famous tragedy King Lear. This relentlessly brutal and experimental film is an almost perfect merging of Shakespeare and Ingmar Bergman.

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.

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Terrence Malick: Days of Heaven

2009-09-09
Length: 23m 41s

The second installment of the Left Field Cinema series examining the films of America's greatest living film maker Terrence Malick, this time his Richard Gere staring sophomore subversion of the Western genre - Days of Heaven (1978).

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Analysis: The Sexual Context and Subtext of Internal Affairs

2009-09-02
Length: 18m 52s

Mike Figgis' 1990 cop thriller Internal Affairs maybe the most highly sexualised film of its genre, this edition tackles the many facets of sexual conduct, insecurities and associative connections explored within the film.

Written and prese…

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World Cinema Masterpiece: The Child

2009-08-26
Length: 12m 20s

2005 saw the release of the Brothers Dardenne's realistic and bleak story of a young man who sells his own child.  The Child (L'enfant) is a masterpiece of European cinema and the finest example of their work to date.

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Overlooked Gems: The Last Supper

2009-08-19
Length: 14m 29s

Stacy Titles' 1995 black comedy The Last Supper is a rare gem of a film which satirises political ideology rather than politics in general. Featuring great gags and a thought provoking central premise.

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.<…

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World Cinema Masterpiece: Fear Eats the Soul

2009-08-12
Length: 11m 32s

Rainer Werner Fassbinder was one of the German "Mad House" directors of the 1970's. Whilst there are dozens of his films to be seen it is his 1974 feature film Fear Eats the Soul (Angst essen Seele auf) that remains his most accessible a…

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Misunderstood Modern Cinema: Dune

2009-08-05
Length: 16m 31s

The second part of Left Field Cinema's David Lynch double bill, this episode examins one of his most critically hated films. Often regarded as an incoherent mess, there is actually an underlining simplicity to his adaptation of Frank Herbert's seminal …

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American Masterpiece: Blue Velvet

2009-07-29
Length: 24m 29s

The first of a David Lynch double bill, this episode centering on his 1980's masterpiece and arguably his greatest film Blue Velvet. Twisted homages and ironical referencing to the past works of the Hollywood mainstream, with a dark and mysterious but …

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World Cinema Masterpiece: Let the Right One In

2009-07-22
Length: 18m 10s

Tomas Alfredson's highly successful Swedish vampire tale Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in) is one of the very best films of 2009 so far - this episode attempts to decipher why.

Written and presented by Mike Dawso…

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Analysis: Aliens - The Vietnam War Metaphor

2009-07-15
Length: 20m 42s

James Cameron's high profile sequel to Alien is more complex than it's predecessor and as such Aliens (1986) is open to interpretive possibilities including the view that the film is actually a Vietnam War metaphor.

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Asian Avant-Garde: Silence

2009-07-08
Length: 21m 35s

Masahiro Shinoda should be as highly regarded as the 1950's Japanese greats if his 1971 masterpiece Silence (Chinmoku) is anything to go by. Soon to be remade my Martin Scorsese, this exploration of religious devotion under the most unbearable circumst…

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Comparative Examination: 24 Hour Party People and Control

2009-07-01
Length: 18m 3s

Comparing and contrasting the vastly differing approaches to a shared subject matter as found in Michael Winterbottom's 24 Hour Party People (2002) and Anton Corbijn's Control (2007) which surround Joy Division and Factory Records.

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Hidden Classics: The Round-Up

2009-06-24
Length: 12m 59s

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Comparative Examination: United 93 and World Trade Center

2009-06-17
Length: 27m 43s

Paul Greengrass and Oliver Stone directed two of the first 9/11 feature films United 93 and World Trade Center, both released in 2006. This week we take an extended look at the fundamental differences between their cinematic approaches and the drastic …

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Andrei Tarkovsky: Solaris

2009-06-10
Length: 16m 55s

The first adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's novel, produced in 1972, Solaris (Солярис) was Tarkovsky's third feature film and his first attempt at directing an anti-science fiction film something he would later succeed in doing with his fifth film Sta…

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Comparative Examination: Star Trek and Star Trek - The Motion Picture

2009-06-03
Length: 24m 50s

Surprisingly the first and latest Star Trek feature films have a lot in common. From Robert Wise's slow and thoughtful odyssey Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) to J.J Abrams sexed up high octane action bonanza Star Trek (2009).

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Misunderstood Modern Cinema: The Godfather Part III

2009-05-27
Length: 17m 39s

The final film in Francis Ford Coppola's epic gangster saga The Godfather Part III (1990) explores the missing chapter in the tragedy of Michael Corleone. Left Field Cinema examines this most wrongfully chastised of films - its nume…

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Krzysztof Kieslowski: Dekalog - Episodes 06-10

2009-05-20
Length: 16m 47s

Part two of two tackling a mini-series of ten one-hour films each examining one of the ten commandments, this edition of Left Field Cinema looks at the last five episodes of Kieslowski's Dekalog (1989), and tries to clarify what makes the second h…

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Analysis: Is Panic Room a Black Comedy?

2009-05-13
Length: 23m 40s

In this episode Left Field Cinema examins one of David Fincher's most under rated films Panic Room (2002) starring Jodie Foster and Forest Whitaker. Is this chamber piece thriller actually a black comedy in disguise?  Also featuring an extended lo…

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Contemporary Obscurity: Autumn Ball

2009-05-06
Length: 18m 9s

An examination of Veiko Ounpuu's feature film debut and the first Estonian cinematic masterpiece. You can read an exclusive interview with Ounpuu on leftfieldcinema.com/articles. If you wish to purchase a copy of Autumn Ball (Sugisball) it is available…

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Special: Listener Reviews - Second Edition

2009-04-29
Length: 19m 17s

Three reviews of three films from three writers. This is the second edition of the Left Field Cinema listener review series where you get to write the episode, this episode includes reviews of Pedro Almodóvar's Kika (1993), Mathieu Kassovit…

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Television Special: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People

2009-04-22
Length: 16m 23s

The magnificent BBC adaptations of John le Carre's Cold War novels Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People directed by John Irvin in 1979 and Simon Langton in 1982 respectively. The greatest television productions to ever come out of the …

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Ingmar Bergman: The Silence

2009-04-15
Length: 14m 0s

Part three of The Faith Trilogy, Bergman's theologically centered films which question the existence of a silent God in a post World War II Europe. This week examining his 1963 film The Silence (Tystnaden).

Written and presented by Mike Daw…

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Ingmar Bergman: Winter Light

2009-04-08
Length: 17m 35s

Part two of The Faith Trilogy, Bergman's theologically centered films which question the existence of a silent God in a post World War II Europe. This episode examines Bergman's greatest masterpiece 1962's Winter Light (Share this episode

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Ingmar Bergman: Through a Glass Darkly

2009-04-01
Length: 14m 50s

Part one of The Faith Trilogy, Bergman's theologically centered films which question the existence of a silent God in a post World War II Europe.  This episode examines his 1961 masterpiece Through a Glass Darkly (Share this episode

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World Cinema Masterpiece: Werckmeister Harmonies

2009-03-25
Length: 27m 29s

An extended examination of Bela Tarr's modern masterpiece; 2000's Werckmeister Harmonies (Werckmeister harmóniák)

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Misunderstood Modern Cinema: Heaven's Gate

2009-03-18
Length: 19m 28s

Heaven's Gate (1980) is Michael Cimino's critical and commercial disaster from 1980. The biggest movie flop of all time, in the form of an epic Western staring Kris Kristofferson, Isabelle Huppert and Christopher Walken is actually a hidden masterpiec…

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Analysis: The First Five Minutes of Die Hard

2009-03-11
Length: 19m 52s

A shot by shot, moment by moment analysis of the first five minutes of John McTiernan's 1988 action movie classic Die Hard. What do these moments establish for the remainder of the film?

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.

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Contemporary Obscurity: The Addiction

2009-03-04
Length: 14m 18s

An examination of Abel Ferrara's bleak, metaphysical vampire film - The Addiction (1995).  A great example of 1990's American Independent cinema. Also featuring a look back on Ferrara's roller-coaster career.

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Overlooked Gems: My Left Foot

2009-02-25
Length: 11m 19s

Jim Sheridan's biopic My Left Foot (1989) follows the life of Irish painter and poet Christy Brown and his search for romantic love. Featuring a power-house performance from Daniel Day-Lewis which would establish him as one the worlds greatest perform…

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Asian Avant-Garde: Dolls

2009-02-18
Length: 11m 51s

Takeshi Kitano's 2002 meditation on unconditional devotion.  Dolls boasts a multi-stranded narrative, slow pace, and the absence of Kitano as performer. This is one of Kitano's finest films and a clear member of the Japanese Avant Garde.

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Analysis: The Blues Brothers - Is it a Musical?

2009-02-11
Length: 13m 38s

Genre is examined in relation to the cult classic The Blues Brothers (1980), John Landis' critically disastrous but culturally successful screw-ball comedy is tonally erratic which is both its greatest strength and its greatest weakness.

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Contemporary Obscurity: Frozen Land

2009-02-04
Length: 13m 0s

2005 saw the arrival of Aku Louhimies excellent hidden masterpiece Frozen Land (Paha maa), this Finnish film is based on Leo Tolstoy's short story The Forged Coupon and beautifully blends comedy and drama.

Written and presented by Mike Daws…

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Documentary Milestone: The Fog of War - Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

2009-01-28
Length: 16m 13s

The first in the Left Field Cinema Documentary Milestone series. Up for examination is Errol Morris' inventive and brilliantly singular documentary, Share this episode

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Contemporary Obscurity: The Glaciation Trilogy

2009-01-21
Length: 15m 12s

An examination of Michael Haneke's trilogy from the late 1980's and early 1990's. Three films which tackle social ills within modern Europe, 1989's The Seventh Continent (Der Siebente Kontinent), 1992's Benny's Video and 1994's 71 Fragments of the Chr…

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Hidden Classics: This Happy Breed

2009-01-14
Length: 14m 42s

An examination of a hidden British classic from legendary writer Noel Coward - This Happy Breed (1944). This episode starts with a look back at the career of the films director David Lean.

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.

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Misunderstood Modern Cinema: Miami Vice

2009-01-07
Length: 20m 24s

Michael Mann's 2006 film adaptation of his 1980's TV show Miami Vice is a victim of its own marketing and the expectation built-up by the reputation of its origins, making it a piece of misunderstood modern cinema.

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Special: Top Ten Films of 2008 - Part Two

2008-12-31
Length: 24m 26s

Find out which films make numbers 5-1 in the concluding part of the Left Field Cinema top ten films of 2008.

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.

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Special: Top Ten Films of 2008 - Part One

2008-12-24
Length: 21m 56s

Find out which films make numbers 10-6 of the Left Field Cinema top ten films of 2008. Part two to follow in the next episode.

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.

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Special: The Worst Film of 2008

2008-12-17
Length: 13m 11s

A special episode examining the weakest film of 2008 - Colin and Greg Strause's AVPR:Alien Vs Predator - Requiem. Asking the question: is the worst film of the year also the most unwatchable or the least entertaining?

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Special: Preview of 2009 - Part Two

2008-12-10
Length: 14m 20s

Part 02 of Left Field Cinema's preview for next year, this week six new films are reviewed. Something for everyone, horror, drama, thriller, comedy, all coming in the next twelve months.

Written and presented by Mike Dawson. 

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Special: Preview of 2009 - Part One

2008-12-03
Length: 14m 56s

Part 01 of Left Field Cinema's preview for next year, this week six new films are reviewed. Something for everyone, horror, drama, thriller, comedy, all coming in the next twelve months.

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.

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Special: Listener Reviews - First Edition

2008-11-26
Length: 20m 37s

To celebrate the first birthday of Left Field Cinema, we have the first edition of the Listener Reviews. Three reviews of three different films from three different listeners including: Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971), Rodrigo Plá's …

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Andrei Tarkovsky: Andrei Rublev

2008-11-19
Length: 14m 27s

Continuing the exploration of the works of Andrei Tarkovsky, this episode examines his second feature film from 1966 Andrei Rublev (Andrey Rublyov). A frustrating but impressive historical epic about Russia's greatest iconographer.

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Comparative Examination: Infernal Affairs and The Departed

2008-11-12
Length: 21m 27s

One of the many Asian films to be remade by Hollywood, this week the examination exposes the expansions and the retractions which are involved in taking Wai-keung Lau and Alan Mak's 2002 film Infernal Affairs (Mou gaan dou) out of Hong Kong and moving …

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Hidden Classics: The Phantom Carriage

2008-11-05
Length: 13m 17s

Victor Sjostrom's silent 1921 film The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen) Share this episode

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Misunderstood Modern Cinema: The Way of the Gun

2008-10-29
Length: 16m 52s

Christopher McQuarrie's 2000 directorial debut The Way of the Gun was under rated on release by critics and unfairly compared to Quentin Tarantino's films and The Usual Suspects of which it bares little resemblance to.

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Analysis: Which is the Superior Quentin Tarantino Film?

2008-10-22
Length: 15m 54s

An examination of all six of the pop culture king's directorial efforts to date, Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill Vol.1 (2003) Kill Bill Vol.2 (2004) and Death Proof (2007).

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Terrence Malick: Badlands

2008-10-15
Length: 18m 42s

The first in a series of episodes examining all of Terrence Malick's films, starting here with his 1973 debut Badlands, which features Martin Sheen in a career best performance as Kit, the cold blooded killer.

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British Masterpiece: Hamlet

2008-10-08
Length: 13m 22s

One of sixty six filmed versions of the Bard's greatest tragic play, Hamlet, this is the first sound version produced in 1948 and as such it has remained definitive, winning major awards for its director and star Laurence Olivier. It is arguably the b…

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Overlooked Gems: Kiss of the Spider Woman

2008-10-01
Length: 13m 19s

Hector Babenco's 1985 feature film Kiss of the Spider Woman, which went on to win William Hurt numerous awards for his portrayal of Luis Molina.

Written and presented by Mike Dawson.

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Analysis: Horror Movies as Modern Day Morality Tales - Conclusions

2008-09-24
Length: 12m 21s

Part five of five in a series asking whether horror movies are the modern day equivalent of the classical morality tales from the years before cinema. This week draws conclusions from the content discussed in the previous episodes and through comparis…

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Contemporary Obscurity: Satantango

2008-09-17
Length: 13m 54s

Bela Tarr's seven and a half hour feature film from 1994 Satantango (Sátántangó)Share this episode

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Asian Avant-Garde: Memories of Murder

2008-09-10
Length: 14m 32s

South Korea maybe the current leader in unorthodox contemporary cinema and Joon-ho Bong is one director helping his nations success in this sense. This episode of Left Field Cinema examines his 2003 sophomore film Memories of Murder (Share this episode

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American Masterpiece: The Conversation

2008-09-03
Length: 20m 25s

This episode examines Francis Ford Coppola's under appreciated masterpiece The Conversation (1974), the film which gave Gene Hackman a career defining turn as the surveillance expert Harry Caul. We also take an extended look back at the long and varie…

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Analysis: Horror Movies as Modern Day Morality Tales - Halloween and Friday the 13th

2008-08-27
Length: 17m 13s

Part four of a five part series asking whether horror movies are the modern day equivalent of the classical morality tales from the years before cinema. This episode examines the question in relation to the 1970's and 80's slasher movies Halloween and …

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Misunderstood Modern Cinema: The Matrix Reloaded

2008-08-20
Length: 11m 59s

This episode examines Andy and Lana Wachowski's The Matrix Reloaded, the 2003 sequel to the 1999 smash hit The Matrix. In order to appreciate this film you must be aware of it's context and at the same time, paradoxically, dismiss the other films in t…

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Krzysztof Kieslowski: Dekalog - Episodes 01-05

2008-08-13
Length: 15m 45s

Part one of two tackling Krzysztof Kieslowski's 1989 mini-series of ten one-hour films each examining one of the ten commandments, this edition of Left Field Cinema looks at the first five episodes of Dekalog and tries to clarify what makes first half …

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Television Special: The Wire

2008-08-06
Length: 25m 36s

A special extended episode examining all five seasons of David Simon and Ed Burn's excellent Baltimore set series The Wire (2002-2008), truly the greatest Television drama ever produced by the US. For the uninitiated; this is an examination of the seri…

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Analysis: Horror Movies as Modern Day Morality Tales - The Silence of the Lambs and Se7en

2008-07-30
Length: 17m 48s

Part three of a five part series asking whether horror movies are the modern day equivalent of the classical morality tales from the years before cinema. This episode examines the question in relation to Jonathan Demme's 1991 award winning horror The S…

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Comparative Examination: Alien and Sunshine

2008-07-23
Length: 15m 41s

Comparing two notable science fiction films, Ridley Scott's terrifying classic Alien (1979), and Danny Boyle's highly derivative but utterly engaging Sunshine (2007). Exploring the differences, the similarities, the sub genre as a whole and both films …

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Contemporary Obscurity: Lovers of the Arctic Circle

2008-07-16
Length: 11m 18s

Left Field Cinema examines Julio Medem's 1998 feature film Lovers of the Arctic Circle, with special attention also paid to his inferior 2001 follow-up Sex and Lucia.…

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Ingmar Bergman: Shame

2008-07-09
Length: 14m 17s

This week Left Field Cinema continues a series of episodes examining the greatest work of Ingmar Bergman. Looking back at his unrelentingly bleak 1968 war film Shame.…

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Analysis: Horror Movies as Modern Day Morality Tales - The Exorcist

2008-07-02
Length: 15m 43s

Part two of a five part series asking whether horror movies are the modern day equivalent of the classical morality tales from the years before cinema. This weeks episode examines the question in relation to William Friedkin's 1973 horror classic. Part th…

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Hidden Classics: The Passionate Friends

2008-06-25
Length: 11m 31s

Celebrating the David Lean centenary, this episode of Left Field Cinema reviews a hidden classic from earlier in his career. The thematic sister film to Brief Encounter, featuring outstanding performances from Claude Rains and Trevor Howard. …

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Comparative Examination: Funny Games and Funny Games U.S.

2008-06-18
Length: 12m 36s

This weeks episode compares Michael Haneke's breakthrough feature Funny Games with its now notorious shot for shot english language remake Funny Games U.S.…

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Misunderstood Modern Cinema: Eyes Wide Shut

2008-06-11
Length: 17m 30s

Part four of the misunderstood modern cinema series.  This week an examination of Stanley Kubrick's final film. Often unfairly dismissed as his worst, this episode will argue that it is an excellent contortion of male fantasies and narrowly survives …

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Analysis: Horror Movies as Modern Day Morality Tales - Introduction

2008-06-04
Length: 13m 7s

Part one of a five part series asking whether horror movies are the modern day equivalent of the classical morality tales from the years before cinema. This weeks episode examines the question in a general sense, introducing the concept which will be exp…

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World Cinema Masterpiece: Chungking Express and Fallen Angels

2008-05-28
Length: 21m 3s

This weeks show examines two Kar Wai Wong masterpieces, and takes a look back at the films and themes of his career.

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Analysis: Is Cloverfield a 9/11 Analogy?

2008-05-21
Length: 14m 46s

An analysis of the new Matt Reeves film Cloverfield. Is it a 9/11 analogy or simply a monster movie informed by the current political climate?…

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Krzysztof Kieslowski: Blind Chance

2008-05-14
Length: 13m 59s

The first episode in a series which will examine all the fiction films of Krzysztof Kieslowski, another of Left Field Cinema's top five directors. This week is an examination of his third feature film.…

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Analysis: Memento In Relation to Reception Theory

2008-05-07
Length: 16m 34s

This weeks episode examines Christopher Nolan's 2000 film Memento with special attention to reception theory.…

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British Masterpiece: Get Carter

2008-04-30
Length: 11m 42s

The first in the British masterpiece series, this week examining the Mike Hodges version of Get Carter.…

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Asian Avant-Garde: Zatoichi

2008-04-23
Length: 12m 50s

The first of the Asian Avant-Garde series; this week examining Takeshi Kitano's samurai oddity, Zatoichi. Also including a look back at the career of the director.…

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Analysis: Planet Terror in Relation to the Films it Parodies

2008-04-16
Length: 11m 41s

An examination of Robert Rodriguez's segment of the ill fated Grindhouse. Planet Terror (2007) in relation to other exploitive horror of the 70's and 80's. Featuring shameless horror movie name dropping!  

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Hidden Classics: Odd Man Out

2008-04-09
Length: 10m 42s

Another Hidden Classic, this week examining Carol Reed's excellent Northern Ireland set thriller Odd Man Out.…

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Misunderstood Modern Cinema: Star Trek III - The Search For Spock

2008-04-02
Length: 12m 51s

Part three of Misunderstood Modern Cinema, this week examining the most underrated of the Star Trek films.…

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Andrei Tarkovsky: Ivan's Childhood

2008-03-26
Length: 13m 0s

The first in a series of episodes which will examine all seven Tarkovsky feature films, beginning here with his debut - the Russian war film Ivan's Childhood.…

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Comparative Examination: Tokyo Story and Ikiru

2008-03-19
Length: 13m 56s

The first in the comparative examination series, this weeks episode take a look at the similarities and differences of two 1950's Japanese classics.…

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American Masterpiece: The Hours

2008-03-12
Length: 14m 47s

Stephen Daldry's 2002 of Michael Cunningham's novel The Hours is examined this week, an overlooked masterpiece of American and British cinema featuring stand-out performances from Ed Harris, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep.

W…

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Analysis: Is Citizen Kane the Greatest Film Ever Made?

2008-03-05
Length: 9m 8s

A general analysis of Orson Welles' American classic with special regard to its critical position.…

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Contemporary Obscurity: The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

2008-02-27
Length: 10m 50s

An examination of Werner Herzog's 1974 obscurity and a look back at the career of the director.…

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Analysis: The Political Context of Glengarry Glen Ross

2008-02-20
Length: 14m 51s

The latest edition of the Left Field Cinema Analysis series.…

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Ingmar Bergman: Scenes from a Marriage

2008-02-13
Length: 14m 6s

First of a new series of episodes examining the work of Swedish film making legend Ingmar Bergman.…

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Overlooked Gems: Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

2008-02-03
Length: 9m 59s

A look back at the career of Sidney Lumet and a review of his latest thriller.

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Overlooked Gems: Things We Lost in the Fire

2008-02-03
Length: 10m 30s

A look back at the career of Susanne Bier and her new film and first American production.

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Misunderstood Modern Cinema: Licence to Kill

2008-01-30
Length: 11m 22s

Part two of the misunderstood modern cinema series, this week examining the Bond franchise.…

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Contemporary Obscurity: Interrogation

2008-01-23
Length: 8m 24s

The first episode in the Left Field Cinema Contemporary Obscurity series. This week is a review of the Polish film Interrogation.…

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American Masterpiece: No Country For Old Men

2008-01-16
Length: 11m 56s

A look back on the work of the Coen Brothers and a review of their latest feature film.

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World Cinema Masterpiece: L'Atalante

2008-01-09
Length: 7m 8s

This week is an examination of Jean Vigo's influential film L'Atalante - a true masterpiece of world cinema.…

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Analysis: Is Scream a Parody, Pastiche, or Post Modern Thriller?

2008-01-02
Length: 10m 44s

The first in the Left Field Cinema Analysis series.…

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Special: Top Ten Films of 2007 - Part Two

2007-12-26
Length: 17m 8s

Find out which films make numbers 5-1 as the best films of the year for Left Field Cinema.…

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Special: Top Ten Films of 2007 - Part One

2007-12-19
Length: 18m 11s

Find out which films make numbers 10-6 as the best films of the year for Left Field Cinema.…

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Hidden Classics: Haxan - Witchcraft Through the Ages

2007-12-12
Length: 6m 8s

First in the Hidden Classics series, examining the 1920's Danish documentary.…

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American Masterpiece: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

2007-12-05
Length: 9m 45s

This week Andrew Dominik's latest offering, subverting the Western genre and meditating on how the act of murder effects the individual.

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Misunderstood Modern Cinema: Alien 3

2007-11-28
Length: 9m 43s

Welcome to the very first episode of Left Field Cinema. The first movie up for analysis is David Fincher's 1992 Science Fiction sequel Alien 3.

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