Viewing 19 posts by Nathanael Smith

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    Film Review: Silence

    A black screen. The escalating hum of cicadas. One word appears on screen as the noise stops. Silence. Then, the camera slowly reveals hot springs in the Japanese... Read more
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    The Film Year in Review

    2016 has been one of the most exciting and busy years for me yet, but the flip-side is that I’ve seen far fewer films than normal. Never letting something like that... Read more
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    Film Review: Moana

    Disney are back once again with Moana and the extent to which you already appreciate the studio will determine how much you get out of their latest. I’m an unabashed... Read more
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    When Marnie Was There - Review

    When Marnie Was Thereis the final film from Studio Ghibli, the Greatest Animation Studio Ever according to... well, me. I've been a huge fan of the Japanese animators... Read more
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    Film Review: Risen

    In the recent Coen Brothers’ film Hail, Caesar!, which is set on a Hollywood studio lot, George Clooney’s character Baird Whitlock is starring in a Roman epic (also... Read more
  • ‘The Witch’ – A Review and Some Thoughts on Christians and Horror Movies image

    ‘The Witch’ – A Review and Some Thoughts on...

    Towards the start of The Witch, a horror film set on the Puritan frontier of America, a baby is killed and, in the darkness, a woman rubs blood over her naked body.... Read more
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    Film Review: Spotlight

    Cinema, at its best, is a medium that reveals emotional truth. In the case of Spotlight, when you see a victim of clerical abuse break down in tears, when the extent of... Read more
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    Film Review of the Year 2015

    As with last year, I’ve not really compiled a traditional top ten, as such. Instead, this is a collection of the films I’ve rated most highly over the course of... Read more
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    Film Review: Steve Jobs

    Here's a quick lesson taken from the Screenwriting 101textbook.

    “If you are portraying a man best known for creating something, especially technology, compare him...
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    ‘Captive’ and the Christian Film Industry

    Last Sunday I was on the radio talking about the new film Captive, the 'inspirational' true story about a drug addict who gets taken hostage by a mass murderer, only for... Read more