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La La Land: The Wonderful Sound of Nostalgia
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La La Land: The Wonderful Sound of Nostalgia

Traffic jams can be frustrating, you don’t mind waiting a little bit – it’s part of 21st century living – but after a while you get bored, the car starts overheating and the rumbles of road rage begin to be felt. Soon you feel like Michael Douglas in Falling Down. You want to get out of the car and…

The devastating sound of Martin Scorsese's Silence
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The devastating sound of Martin Scorsese's Silence

Two Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) are told a rumour suggesting their mentor (Liam Neeson), who had travelled to Japan to spread the gospel, has apostatised (renounced his faith), taken a wife and is now living the life of a Japanese. The two young priests set out for Japan to find their teacher, discover the truth and bring him back to God.

The epic intimacy of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai
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The epic intimacy of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai

1950s Japan was a very futile time for movies with some of the greatest and most artistic films ever made being released. It was a time of Kurosawa, Osu, Mifune, Honda and Mizoguchi, filmmakers whose influence have left an indelible mark on our cultural history. They introduced Japanese culture to the rest of the world, giving us everything from samurai to gigantic monsters with the minutiae of family life in between. It also marked a wider re-emergence of Japan onto the world stage after the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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