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British Independent Film Awards 2014: The winners

British Independent Film Awards 2014: The winners | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it

Here is a full list of the winners.

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM

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Is a film's length a sign of its quality?

Is a film's length a sign of its quality? | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
A few months ago, Stuart Heritage wrote an article for the Guardian entitled "How to spot a bad film without even seeing it".  It used th
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‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe’: what Blade Runner 2049’s dystopia tells us about 2017

‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe’: what Blade Runner 2049’s dystopia tells us about 2017 | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
The best sci-fi films hold up a mirror to the age in which they are made. So what can we learn from the future – and what it means to be human – in Denis Villeneuve’s film?
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Pan’s Labyrinth – review

Pan’s Labyrinth – review | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
Written by Monster Awarness Month team member, Harry Markov Celebrating the monsters in cinema can’t be complete without mentioning the monsters in our mythology. Pan’s Labyrinth is the perfect example of how the monstrous in our folklore can be assimilated in the cinematic format, creating a modern, dark fairy tale for adults. Unlike a lot…
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Blade Runner 2049 early reactions call sequel ‘stunning’, ‘Oscar-worthy’

Blade Runner 2049 early reactions call sequel ‘stunning’, ‘Oscar-worthy’ | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
It’s nothing but praise for Denis Villeneuve’s newest
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Blade Runner 2049 Director Denis Villeneuve on Seeing the Original for the First Time | WIRED - YouTube

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Lord of the Flies to Ocean’s Eight: how Hollywood reboots are flipping gender

Lord of the Flies to Ocean’s Eight: how Hollywood reboots are flipping gender | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
The plan for an all-girls remake of the dystopian 1960s classic is just one of many new projects reimagining hit films with female leads
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Hasta la vista: why not even James Cameron can save 3D movies

Hasta la vista: why not even James Cameron can save 3D movies | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
A new 3D take on Terminator 2: Judgment day is about to hit cinemas. But with high ticket prices, shrinking box office figures and poor image quality, is the new age of 3D film over before it has even begun?
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Reception

Reception | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
Christopher Nolan's Inception is the first movie I've seen at the multiplex this summer for which I felt I got my money's worth. When it was over, I decided I would sit back for a week and enjoy the memory of the entertaining and intellectual film before reading what others had to say about it. I only like reading reviews of a movie after I've already seen it and formed my own opinions, and this post will fall in line with that approach, which is to say: don't read this unless you've already seen the film (spoiler alert!).
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Through a Glass, Darkly: ‘The Lady From Shanghai’ and the Legend of Orson Welles

Through a Glass, Darkly: ‘The Lady From Shanghai’ and the Legend of Orson Welles | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
Orson Welles needed $50,000 to pay for costumes, so on opening night, in desperation, he called the president of Columbia Pictures and asked for a loan. Welles was frequently in desperation in 1946, and he frequently tried to talk his way out of it. His play, an adaptation of Jules Verne’s adventure novel Around the World in Eighty Days, was an audacious disaster, featuring giant mechanical elephants and music by Cole Porter; Welles had to finance it himself when the producer stormed out, and he was broke. His film career, which began six years earlier when he wrote, directed, and starred in Citizen Kane at the age of 25, was sputtering. His second film, The Magnificent Ambersons, had been taken out of his hands and butchered by the studio. Since then, he’d developed a reputation for fighting with producers, wasting money, and turning in work that played to studio heads as insultingly uncommercial. Just 31, he was seen as headstrong and difficult, the increasingly unsalvageable shipwreck of a self-appointed genius.
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Orson Welles' The Lady From Shanghai

Orson Welles' The Lady From Shanghai | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
All film is documentary, is verite. It documents everything the eye can see, so all that remains hidden is dream... and within dream, the subjective truth. While the narrative of Welles' The Lady From Shanghai appears obscure at times, its failures are really the material of its success. You read that the original cut was one hour longer, is lost -- so this is why it doesn't work. You read that Welles went on a drunken safari on Errol Flyn's yacht, had to scrap most of the location footage as unusable. You read that the studio interfered, brought in its own editor, shot its own inserts. Blah blah -- the usual Orson Welles saga of misunderstood genius and creative posturing.

The reason this film has art is because you are forced back into its symbolic subtext in order to understand its logic. The courtroom scene is absurd, obeys its own protocol. The judge plays chess on a huge board that makes San Francisco a mere landscape extension. The defending lawyer is allowed to interrogate himself as a friendly witness. O'Hara escapes by mingling with the jury. Where does he hide? In a theatre in Chinatown where a traditional Chinese play is in progress.
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Great Scenes: “Do the Right Thing”

Great Scenes: “Do the Right Thing” | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
Up to the film’s shocking climax, Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” plays like a documentary on everyday life in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. We get to know the inhabitants through their interactions on a single hot summer day. Lee uses carefully picked out music, dialogue, and artistic scenes full of energy to…
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Fish Tank

Fish Tank | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
With a terrific performance by debutant Katie Jarvis, this gritty Essex drama shows that director Andrea Arnold is Ken Loach's natural successor, says Peter Bradshaw
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Fish Tank: An England Story

Fish Tank: An England Story | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
Andrea Arnold seemed to emerge out of nowhere with Red Road (2006), her revelatory, shrewdly observed debut feature about voyeurism and sexual revenge. That film won Arnold multiple awards, and she had already earned an Oscar for her short .
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Blade Runner versions

Blade Runner versions | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
Seven versions of the film Blade Runner exist, but only the Director's Cut and International Cut are widely known and seen:

The U.S. Theatrical Cut (also known as Original Version), released in the U.S. in June 1982.
The International Cut (also known as Criterion Edition), which included more graphic violence than the U.S. theatrical release was released theatrically outside the U.S. and was the version released on VHS and Laserdisc, most notably as part of The Criterion Collection.
The workprint discovered in 1989, shown only as an audience test preview and occasionally at film festivals; this was distributed in 1991, as a Director's Cut without Scott's approval.
The Ridley Scott-approved 1992 Director's Cut; prompted by the unauthorized 1991 release.
Ridley Scott's (2001-2007) Final Cut, was briefly released theatrically and onto various home media formats by Warner Home Video in late 2007.
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Mise en Scene: Discover 15 Powerful Strategies Used By Filmmakers

Mise en Scene: Discover 15 Powerful Strategies Used By Filmmakers | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
Dramatically improve your Mise en Scene with these 15 simple strategies. Click here to learn how to make your audience love your film today.
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Pan's Labyrinth – A Psychological Analysis | SD Entertainer Magazine

Pan's Labyrinth – A Psychological Analysis | SD Entertainer Magazine | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
The following is a psychological look into the 2006 Academy Award winning film Pan's Labyrinth. The essay delves into Freudian concepts and their prevalence in
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Ridley Scott Breaks Down His Favorite Scene from Blade Runner | Blade Runner 2049 | WIRED - YouTube

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‘Blade Runner 2049’: 7 Things You Need to Know Before Seeing Denis Villeneuve’s Sequel

‘Blade Runner 2049’: 7 Things You Need to Know Before Seeing Denis Villeneuve’s Sequel | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
“Blade Runner 2049” is gearing up for release on October 6, and with it comes 35 years of expectations and anticipation from die-hard fans of Ridley Scott’s iconic original. The film’s marketing has done a solid job at preserving spoilers and selling the movie’s jaw-dropping visuals, so all that’s left is for audiences to show up and be amazed at whatever Denis Villeneuve has in store.

Read More:Jared Leto Went So Method for ‘Blade Runner 2049’ That He Blinded Himself During Filming
The director has assembled an enviable cast and crew, which combines franchise stalwarts and newcomers alike. If Villeneuve can stay true to the original atmosphere while crafting a unique adventure, he should have no problem making “Blade Runner 2049” just as much of a sci-fi classic for this generation as “Blade Runner” was for the last.

Here’s everything you need to know about the sequel before seeing it.

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Not so super: why Hollywood's cinematic universes are on the way out

Not so super: why Hollywood's cinematic universes are on the way out | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
Marvel’s interlinked superhero movies transformed industry thinking, but now rival studios are increasingly reverting to simpler, old-school storytelling
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Emma Stone named 2017's highest-paid female actor with $26m

Emma Stone named 2017's highest-paid female actor with $26m | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
The Oscar-winning star of La La Land was placed ahead of Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lawrence on Forbes’ annual list of Hollywood’s top earners
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Understanding One of Christopher Nolan's Greatest Mysteries: An Analysis of 'Inception'

Understanding One of Christopher Nolan's Greatest Mysteries: An Analysis of 'Inception' | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
Studying the intricate details of films is a great way of becoming a better filmmaker, and we're definitely big fans of the work Darren Foley does in analyzing some of cinema's great modern films.. In yet another great film analysis, Foley breaks down Christopher Nolan's cerebral thriller about dreams within dreams within dreams. Find out how Inception lures its audience into their own dream state through "disorientation", as well as the subtle hints that let them know whether what they're watching is real or a dream.
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The Lady from Shanghai | Film Review | Slant Magazine

The Lady from Shanghai | Film Review | Slant Magazine | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it

It derives its tension from its almost pointed meaninglessness, which would appear to be a subterfuge for a personal expression that’s never quite achieved.
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The Lady from Shanghai • Senses of Cinema

The Lady from Shanghai • Senses of Cinema | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
The Lady from Shanghai (1948 USA 87 mins) Source: Columbia/Tristar Prod Co: Columbia Exec Prod: Harry Cohn Prod, Dir: Orson Welles Scr: Orson Welles, adapted from Sherwood King’s novel If I Die Before I Wake Phot: Charles Lawton, Jr Ed: Viola Lawrence Art Dir: Stephen Gooson, Sturges Carne Mus: Heinz Roemheld Cast: Orson Welles, Rita …
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Fish Tank

Fish Tank | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
British director Andrea Arnold won the Cannes Jury Prize for the intense and invigorating Fish Tank, about a fifteen-year-old girl, Mia (electrifying newcomer Katie Jarvis), who lives with her mother and sister in the housing projects of Essex.
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Fish Tank, Andrea Arnold, 124 mins, (15)

Fish Tank, Andrea Arnold, 124 mins, (15) | A Level Film Studies | Scoop.it
It's only at the end of Fish Tank that we discover the name of the heroine's dog: Tennent's.
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