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Interview: Screenwords meets Daniel Rezende

Interview by Rachael Kaines

You may not have heard of Daniel Rezende, but there’s a good chance that you’ve seen his work. He was nominated for an Oscar, and won a BAFTA for editing 2002’s City of God, he edited other Brazilian gems such as The Motorcycle Diaries, Elite Squad and it’s sequel, City of Men (City of God’s sequel), and Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life.

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Film Review: Mountains May Depart

Reviewed by Rachael Kaines

Mountains May Depart is the latest film from Chinese writer and director Jia Zhang-ke. The film offers an insightful and measured look at the effects of globalisation, as well as a meditation on the current and future state of diaspora and the dissolving of culture. Mountains May Depart is a movie split into three parts: the nostalgic and hopeful past of 1999, the unpleasant present of 2014, and the alien future of 2025.

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Best Films of 2017 by Rachael Kaines

Screenword’s own Rachael Kaines selects her favourite films of 2017.

1 – Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino)

Could you imagine anything better than spending a summer somewhere in Northern Italy, reading, swimming, and falling in love? Me either.

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Best Films Of 2017 By Robert Chandler

Continuing our end of the year series, writer and producer Robert Chandler picks his favourite films of 2017 for Screenwords.


It won me over. I was cautious. A somewhat sequel to The Last Detail, one of the great American films of the early 1970s, a film that dealt with life and the inevitability of death, through the journey of three young soldiers: two of them, Jack Nicholson and Otis Young, escorting the third, Randy Quaid, across country to a military prison. Last Flag Flying is a “somewhat” sequel because it features the same three men in essence, thirty-five years later (they have the same character traits, but their names are slightly different). Both films are based on novels by Darryl Ponicsan.

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Film Review: Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

Reviewed by Freda Cooper

The word Jumanji immediately conjures up misty eyed memories of the 1995 family comedy starring Robin Williams and a young Kirsten Dunst. With a magical board game at its heart, it boasted some special effects that weren’t just impressive for their day, they also stand up surprisingly well now. 22 years later, we have an updated version for today’s generation, in theory a standalone, but who knows?

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Best Films Of 2017 By Lee Hill

1-Twin Peaks: The Return (David Lynch)
More than just a revival of a cult TV show, this was an 18-hour feature as mysterious, surreal and heartbreaking as Mulholland Drive and perhaps the closest a filmmaker has come to the novelistic reach of Gravity’s Rainbow or John Updike’s Rabbit books since RW Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz.

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Film Review: Brigsby Bear

Reviewed By Freda Cooper

If you ever obsessed over a TV series as a kid, then you’ll have more than a little sympathy for James (Kyle Mooney) in Brigsby Bear.

He’s grown up with Brigsby Bear Adventures, a weekly show about a loveable teddy in outer space, part fun, part education. He knows every plot line down to the minutest detail, can recite chunks of dialogue and his bedroom is full of Brigsby memorabilia. Yet it’s hard to work out why he’s so fascinated. The show is so primitive, it looks home made. That’s because it is. And James is 27.

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Film Review: The Dinner

Reviewed By Rachael Kaines

The Dinner is a drama set, unsurprising, around a dinner. Written and directed by Oren Moverman, the film follows Paul Lohman (Steve Coogan) and his wife Claire (Laura Linney) as they have dinner with Paul’s brother Stan (Richard Gere) a U.S. Senator and his wife Katelyn (Rebecca Hall). The couples discuss what to do about their children, who have put themselves in a bad situation.

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Film Review: The Disaster Artist

Reviewed by Rachael Kaines

James Franco, (much like Tommy Wiseau the man he plays), directs, produces, and stars in The Disaster Artist, easily his finest film to date. Based on a book by Greg Sestero about the nightmare experience of making a horrendous movie called The Room, and the extremely strange experience of being friends with the writer, director, producer, and star, Tommy Wiseau.

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