12 movies (almost) ruined by studio interference

We have spoken about it before and now Alex Garland’s follow-up to 2015’s Ex-Machina, an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation (the first book in the Southern Reach trilogy), is upon us. However, recently, it hasn’t been an easy road for Garland and the folks behind the film, with test screenings …

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The best new independent films of 2018

Happy New Year and happy new blog post. Let’s begin 2018 with a list of independent, foreign language and documentary features scheduled for release this year and are deserving of your attention. The Other Side of the Wind Distributor: Netflix After a crowdfunding campaign that came up short, one of …

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What is the best film adaptation ever? Here are some contenders.

Another blog post, another list of recommendations, but then again, that’s why you’re here. This time, let’s talk adaptations. Taking an existing source material and adapting it to another form (be it book, cinema, radio, TV etc.). Obviously we are familiar with some adaptations such as the Harry Potter film …

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Battleship Potemkin

5 more essential World Cinema films

We have more for you. Yes, this is part two of a list of foreign language features recommended to you by us at musicMagpie. For more information on what this thread is about, read part one of this blog post. Battleship Potemkin (1925) Country: Russia Director: Sergei Eisenstein Okay this …

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Pan's Labyrinth

5 essential World Cinema films

I have written eighteen blogs (this one included) during my time as a writer for musicMagpie. Through them I have introduced you to countless forms of cinema from mainstream to the more outer limits (e.g. arthouse and experimental) and in a range of different languages. And it’s the latter I …

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Metropolis poster

5 essential films to watch before Blade Runner 2049

After eighteen years in the pipeline and following on from the original sci-fi neo-noir classic of 1982 (an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), the highly anticipated Blade Runner 2049 is almost upon us. This time, original director Ridley Scott takes a back seat for …

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