June 2007

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#10 Picks from the Grindhouse

Tim Lucas gets down and dirty - then takes himself off for a shower

#Radical Chic

As the Cannes film festival celebrates its 60th birthday, Chris Darke uncovers the history of political radicalism that underlies the glitz and glamour PLUS Sight & Sound picks out ten Palme d'Or winners that have been unjustly forgotten

Welcome to the Grindhouse

In Grindhouse Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez have produced an evening of B-movies and spoof trailers designed to take you back to your misspent youth. Nick James straps himself in for the ride

Givers of the Viscera

Where did the thrills and spills of grindhouse come from? Mike Atkinson traces the history of a phenomenon that brought us gore-saturated torture, lesbian vampires, white-knuckle car chases and faux snuff

Grindhouse Nights

Why did the British spoil the fun by turning trash into art? Tony Rayns recalls 1960s Soho and the pleasures of an uncensored Chinatown

Speaking in Forked Tongues

Black Snake Moan features Samuel L. Jackson as a southern bluesman determined to cleanse Christina Ricci's nymphomaniac of her sins. It's a shame it lacks the courage of its convictions, says Ben Hervey

The way it was

So authentic is Rolf de Heer's Ten Canoes that its story has been incorporated into Aboriginal myth. The director talks to James Bell about the process of its making

Outsiders: The Battle of Algiers and Political Cinema

Gillo Pontecorvo's 1966 The Battle of Algiers has been both lauded by the left and studied by Pentagon hawks. But what constitutes a political film, asks Michael Chanan

Selected reviews

#DVD review: La Belle Captive

Alain Robbe-Grillet's films are more read about than seen. Tim Lucas hopes a new DVD release will change all that

#Film of the Month: Longing

'Longing' probes the fragile nature of happiness and the desires that bubble unbidden beneath seemingly idyllic lives. It's a reinvention of the Heimat films with the quiet detail of the Dardennes, says Catherine Wheatley

Reviews in this issue:

  • 28 Weeks Later
  • The All Together
  • DVD review: La Belle Captive
  • Black Gold
  • Black Snake Moan
  • Blades of Glory
  • The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros
  • The Bothersome Man
  • The Breed
  • City of Violence
  • Conversations with Other Women
  • Flyboys
  • The Future Is Unwritten
  • Goodbye Bafana
  • Goya's Ghosts
  • Hacking Democracy
  • Jindabyne
  • The Last Mimzy
  • Film of the Month: Longing
  • The Mark of Cain
  • The Messengers
  • My Best Friend
  • Namastey London
  • The Night of the Sunflowers
  • Nishabd
  • Not Here to Be Loved
  • Paradise Lost
  • Perfect Stranger
  • The Puffy Chair
  • The Reaping
  • Shooter
  • Tell No One
  • Ten Canoes
  • Water
  • Zizek!
  • Zodiac
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011