Best films of the past decade

Best films of the past decade

Every decade has its gems but some of the cinema produced in the ten years KCW London has been reviewing truly makes the head and soul ring. As the Christmas break is upon us, we’ve collected some of our favourites below for you to enjoy and look back on. To...

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Mank

Mank

The year is 1940 and Hollywood screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Mank to his friends and enemies) is thirteen years away from fulfilling his lifetime ambition of drinking himself to death. Feeling, perhaps accurately, that his drunken sardonic rants have long since burned most of his bridges to the Hollywood establishment,...

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Relic

Relic

Horror deals with fear of the unknown and in most cases that ‘unknown’ is death. Our own inevitable end is frightening on such a profound level that when horror films try to scare us, they usually have to dress it up with blood-crazed werewolves or giggling ghosts. In contrast Relic,...

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The Human Voice

The Human Voice

The new short by Pedro Almodóvar makes the bold statement that getting dumped sucks. ‘Freely adapted’ (in the words of the credits) from a play by Jean Cocteau, The Human Voice whips by in a svelte, perfectly engineered thirty minutes that would leave me hungry for more if it wasn’t...

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Possessor

Possessor

The ultimate accolade for a creator (besides earning vast tranches of money) is to get your own adjective: Kafkaesque, Dickensian etc. Not only is it inarguable proof that you’ve ‘made it’ (see again: vast tranches of money) but proof that your artistic vision is so acute that anyone else attempting...

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The Devil All The Time

The Devil All The Time

If you haven’t actually read any Southern Gothic literature, it’s easy to get the wrong idea. Considering the European Gothic tradition, the mind naturally envisages ominous plantation houses with mad women locked in the attic, immaculately dressed men with dark secrets and bloody pasts and maybe even the odd ghost...

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Crunch time for videogames

Crunch time for videogames

How one of the most profitable growing industries is built on the backs of its workers Considering that humanity as a whole has spent unprecedented amounts of time locked down in their homes this year, it’s unsurprising that the videogame industry has seen the kind of profits that would have...

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Devolution

Devolution

Devolution By Max Brooks ISBN-10: 1984820192 Max Brooks, son of Mel, deals in dystopia. With World War Z he managed to take the hoariest of the horrors; the practically antediluvian zombie apocalypse and resurrected it into an urgent new form. For his new tour around the end of the world,...

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Antkind by Charlie Kaufman

Antkind by Charlie Kaufman

Whether you find Charlie Kaufman’s films enchanting or exhausting really depends on your tolerance for meta. From mysterious portals into the mind of John Malkovich, achingly sincere puppet sex or an ‘adaptation’ of The Orchid Thief where Kaufman writes himself into the script as the main character; the man’s oeuvre...

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The Great

The Great

Straight out of the gate, The Great is upfront about its blatantly ahistorical content. ‘An occasionally true story’ reads the disclaimer and if anything, that grossly undersells it. In much the manner of buses and threes, there’s been a sudden glut of prestige TV dramas about Russia’s Catherine The Great;...

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