The visual style of a film isn’t something that we understand innately – we do understand it without thinking about it, but we don’t usually understand that we understand it, because it’s developed to be largely invisible. But we learn to read it, just as we learn to read text; it’s just that, unlike learning to read text, we don’t notice ourselves becoming familiar with the messages woven through visual style… … More A Quick Guide to Visual Style
As The Found Footage Phenomenon hits Shudder’s streaming platform, we take a look at, well, the phenomenon of found footage – from Blair Witch to The Devil’s Doorway. … More What is found footage?
From Truffaut to Tarantino – find out how an effort to recognise the art of filmmaking became the pillar of modern film theory. … More A Quick Guide to Auteur Theory
CinePunked are delighted to be teaming up again with our friends at Accidental Theatre to deliver a series of enhancements for their Never Seen It Film Club, beginning on 27 June 2022 with cinematic phenomenon Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the film is a delightful take on life in Paris’ Montmatre, … More Never Seen It Film Club: Amélie
Sure, you’ve seen Amelie. And probably Run Lola Run, too. But have you seen this selection of absolutely stunning non-English-language masterpieces? … More 5 Non-English-Language Films You Really Need To See
Opera. Of the space kind. … More 5 Great Little-Known Screen Space Operas
CinePunked goes rummaging through the film archives via acclaimed Cold War documentary The Atomic Café, revealing a frightening concoction of propaganda, deception, delusion, and fear linked by America’s presentation of the perceived benefits and risks of the atomic bomb and a nuclear war. With memories of the cold war stirred up in 2022 by recent action in eastern Europe we find ourselves wondering if anything has really changed in the last eight decades… … More Podcast – Duck and Cover
Rachael Kelly loves a good disaster movie. To be fair, she also loves a bad disaster movie, but she’s tried to be objective here. Read on for her (not very objective) list of the 10 greatest disaster movies ever made. … More The Connoisseur’s Guide to the 10 Greatest Disaster Movies Ever Made
Marking the 110th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, the CinePunked team assemble to discuss the definitive screen version of the incident – Roy Ward Baker’s 1958 film A Night to Remember. Gathering just outside of Belfast, where the ship was built, Robert, Rachael and Neil consider the legacy of the night, Belfast’s relationship with the story, generational trauma and just what we’d do if faced with the same situation. … More Podcast – Iceberg – Dead Ahead
Prompted by a screening of Eric Steel’s 2006 documentary The Bridge, about those who choose to end their lives at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, the CinePunked team engage in a frank and sensitive panel discussion examining the issues raised by the film, in particular the wider topic of suicide and mental health struggles.