December 2008

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#Radical Chic

Is The Baader Meinhof Complex a thoughtful examination of Germany's recent past or does it glamorise terrorism? By Andrea Dittgen. PLUS James Bell talks to producer Bernd Eichinger

#Game for a century

As the great Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira turns 100, Jonathan Romney celebrates his life and champions his work

#The DVDs of 2008

Our critics choose their personal favourite DVDs from 2008

The greatest story of our time

Oliver Stone talks to Nick James about W., his portrait of the most destructive American president in history. PLUS Michael Atkinson on the cinema of the Bush era

A soldier's tale

Ari Folman's Waltz with Bashir, Israel's first animated feature, is a hallucinatory account of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon. Here Folman describes his unusually haunting imagery in detail to Ali Jaafar

Emotional rescue

The Dardenne brothers take a surprising new plot-driven direction in their immigration drama The Silence of Lorna explains Geoff Andrew

Sketches of the ghost

What ever happened to Abel Ferrara, the director who made Bad Lieutenant and The King of New York, and why are his recent films so hard to see? By Brad Stevens

Selected reviews

#DVD Review: How the West Was Won

It packed movie theatres in the 1950s and now it's back: Tim Lucas on the panoramic Cinerama effect

#Film of the Month: To Get to Heaven First You Have to Die

The Tajik director Djamshed Usmonov's latest film, 'To Get to Heaven First You Have to Die', is a darker work than its predecessors but confirms its creator as a bright talent of post-Soviet cinema, says Michael Brooke

Reviews in this issue:

  • Año uña
  • Appaloosa
  • The Baader Meinhof Complex
  • Belle toujours
  • Blindness
  • Body of Lies
  • Chocolate
  • Choke
  • Choking Man
  • City of Ember
  • Conversations with My Gardener
  • Death Race
  • Eagle Eye
  • Easy Virtue
  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • Ghost Town
  • High School Musical 3 Senior Year
  • DVD Review: How the West Was Won
  • Igor
  • Incendiary
  • Lakeview Terrace
  • Let's Talk about the Rain
  • Mutant Chronicles
  • Nights in Rodanthe
  • OSS 117 Cairo, Nest of Spies
  • Patti Smith Dream of Life
  • Quantum of Solace
  • Redbelt
  • Righteous Kill
  • Rivals
  • Saas bahu aur Sensex
  • Scar
  • The Silence of Lorna
  • Sisterhood
  • Special People
  • Film of the Month: To Get to Heaven First You Have to Die
  • Waltz with Bashir
  • Zombie Strippers!
  • 'Tis Autumn The Search for Jackie Paris
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011