June 2010

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#That was then, this is now

You might not have noticed, but the past ten years saw the advent of a new ‘golden generation’ of British television-drama writers. So says Mark Duguid, looking back at the decade’s key works

Cover feature: Hearts of darkness

Werner Herzog partners with actor Nicolas Cage for oddball cop film The Bad Lieutenant. It’s the latest in a mini-genre of pictures, where the police are as, if not more, corrupt than the villains they pursue. Inspecting a line-up of suspects, Nick James identifies the prime offenders

PLUS Peter Keough interviews Nicolas Cage and Mark Greenleaf interviews Werner Herzog

Inside out

In Michael Winterbottom’s adaptation of Jim Thompson’s Texas-set noir The Killer Inside Me, the violence is shocking and misogynistic. That’s the point, the director tells Hannah McGill

PLUS Joseph Bevan on Thompson’s unhappy experiences in Hollywood

Dangerous liaisons

Beneath the cool and steely surfaces of Austrian director Götz Spielmann’s gripping thriller Revanche is a film of affecting tenderness and muted soulfulness. Spielmann talks to Catherine Wheatley

Selected reviews

#Film of the month: Four Lions

Bomb-making pratfalls and meathead jihadis abound as controversy-courting satirist Chris Morris tackles Islamic fundamentalism in his debut feature Four Lions, but tragedy lurks beneath the farce, says Ben Walters

#DVD review: Ride with the Devil

Ang Lee’s film about the American Civil War is an understated, undervalued classic, writes Graham Fuller

#Film review: The Happiest Girl in the World

A small-town teenager finds winning a fruit-juice competition the road to calamity in this acerbic portrait of consumer culture. Michael Brooke admires another dispatch from the Romanian new wave

#Film review: Lebanon

Samuel Maoz’s Venice Golden Lion-winner depicts the 1982 Israeli-Lebanon war entirely from the Stygian interior of an Israeli tank. Roger Clarke feels the brutalisation of the tank’s four young occupants

Reviews in this issue:

  • Agora
  • American The Bill Hicks Story
  • The Back-up Plan
  • The Bad Lieutenant Port of Call: New Orleans
  • Beeswax
  • Black Death
  • The Brothers Bloom
  • The Calling
  • City of War
  • Clash of the Titans
  • Cop Out
  • Erasing David
  • Eyes Wide Open
  • Film of the month: Four Lions
  • Furry Vengeance
  • Gentlemen Broncos
  • The Girl on the Train
  • Give Me Your Hand
  • Film review: The Happiest Girl in the World
  • Heartless
  • Hot Tub Time Machine
  • It’s a Wonderful Afterlife
  • The Joneses
  • The Killer Inside Me
  • The Last Song
  • Film review: Lebanon
  • Nanny McPhee & the Big Bang
  • Petropolis Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands
  • Repo Men
  • Room and a Half
  • Salvage
  • Shelter
  • The Story of John Rabe
  • The Time That Remains
  • Tooth Fairy
  • Videocracy
  • Vincere
  • DVD review: Ride with the Devil
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011