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The Ten Best Films I Saw In 2011

There were some great films released in 2011. Lars VonTrier, despite his Hitler comments at Cannes, produced another great work in Melancholia. Woody Allen served up his best film in years with Midnight In Paris. Kevin Smith tried something different and almost succeeded with his off-beat horror film Red State. Margin Call and The Ides Of March proved that decent drama is not yet dead. The much-maligned Apollo 18 breathed new life into the slowly fading mockumentary sub-genre, much like last years’ The Troll Hunter…

The King Of Comedy (1983)

In 1983, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese had already collaborated on four films together, culminating in De Niro’s Oscar for Raging Bull in 1980. This dynamite team had been at the forefront of the groundbreaking decade of cinema known as the 1970s, and when they made The King Of Comedy in ‘83, the pair had reached a level of singular sophistication in their method and delivery…

Se7en (1995) • Face/Off (1997) • GoodFellas (1990)

Se7en is one dour film, but this production design and the accompanying incessant rainfall gave the film a look that felt far more noir than any noir could. Aside from all of this, the film afforded director Fincher (a) the attention he so obviously deserved; and (b) respect for standing up to the studio execs who wished for a happy Hollywood ending to this unforgiving tale…

A PRAYER FOR THE DYING FORMATS, & those who shall covet them…

File sharing you ask? Yep, us 80s kids invented that. We kept tape-manufacturers Casio and TDK in business twenty-five years ago. We also kept biro makers Bic and Artline and Kilometrico out of the red too, by adorning our mix-tapes with arty scrawl that personalised the journey for ourselves and our friends as we swapped them back and forth in the schoolyard. I still have boxes of tapes that I made (and from friends) that lie scratched and dusty and tired, due to their high-rotational history…

Langley Parks: Soundscapes, Themes & Noise – free individual track download…

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