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The Films That Made Me: Wings of Desire (1987, West Germany / France)

The Films That Made Me: Wings of Desire (1987, West Germany / France)

In our rush to analyse, dissect and debate, we often forget that one of the functions of art, in this case cinematic art, is simply to give pleasure. Pleasure is subjective – what might give you pleasure might not appeal to someone else. It’s futile to disagree on this point unless of course, we can all exchange opinions in ways that might be mutually enlightening. Some of the most fascinating conversations I’ve had with cinephiles is when they enthuse about the films that made them fall in love with the medium. It is that which has prompted me to discuss some of the ‘films that made me’

“There are angels on the streets of Berlin.”

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Keanu Reeves in REPLICAS on Digital Download 22 April & Blu-ray/DVD 29 April from Lionsgate UK

Keanu Reeves in REPLICAS on Digital Download 22 April & Blu-ray/DVD 29 April from Lionsgate UK

Offering a fresh take on the Frankenstein myth, Replicas is a taut and action-packed sci-fi thriller about family, loss and the dangerous questions surrounding emerging scientific technologies. Starring Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch and John Ortiz. Directed by Jeffery Nachmanoff.

Replicas is available on digital download 22nd April, and Blu-ray/DVD 29th April from Lionsgate UK.

“Some humans are unstoppable.”

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Almighty Thor (2011, USA)

Almighty Thor (2011)

The Asylum film company is pretty famous in certain cinematic circles as the company that puts out knock offs based on blockbuster hits. Snakes on a Plane became Snakes on a Train, while Transformers became Transmorphers! When they do it right, The Asylum are capable of crafting hilarious pieces of cinematic cheese. But when they do it wrong, boy do they mess up! Almighty Thor falls into the later category. It is heartbreaking when a film that could have been a trash classic falls so far from the mark. The budget was obviously an issue.

“The legend is born!”

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