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How about a new Cleopatra movie?
It is a movie that has been speculated about for almost a decade, but rumours have once again emerged this year regarding the prospect of a new big-screen take on the story of Cleopatra! [Read More...]

The dirty movie that changed my life: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Our reader Karin Thimm describes the very film and the very sequence that gave her a renewed sense of purpose in life, after an acrimonious divorce battle at the age of just 20! [Read More...]

When identity politics backfire
The trans drama GIRL has encountered fierce criticism amongst our readers and elsewhere because it was directed and starred by cis men. Should cis artists refrain from taking the lead in trans films? [Read More...]

Binders full of men???
Marianne Farley is the only female director to receive an Oscar nod this year, for her short film Marguerite (about an older woman coming to terms with her sexuality); she talks to us about generational themes, representation and more! [Read More...]

The five 2019 Best Short Film Oscar nominations reviewed for you!
Short films often get overshadowed by the glitz and glam of their feature counterparts in the Oscars, but not this year; check out our dirty reviews of each one of the five nominations this year, including a very controversial Irish/British production [Read More...]

Is it acceptable to portray a horrific real crime in film?
Irish filmmaker Vincent Lambe encountered fierce opposition to his film about the James Bulger murder, which has received an Oscar nod. Our Irish writer Eoghan Lyng raises questions about these reactions, arguing that Detainment isn't exploitative and doesn't condone the murders [Read More...]

The Favourite has Barry Lyndon written all over it
Yorgos Lanthimos's latest film was heavily influenced by Stanley Kubrick's often overlooked masterpiece, which has inspired a number of period dramas in the past 40 years, argues young writer and director Dan Daniel [Read More...]

For your lips only!!!
Little-known dubbing technique stretches and compresses words, rendering multilingual films homely and natural to audiences wherever they are [Read More...]

What if Snow White wasn’t white???
Do you think Snow White is a European fairy tale? Think again! Snow White's actual name was Lady Yang Guifei, she was a real person and lived in China 1,300 years ago. And she is now returning to her roots! [Read More...]

The top 10 dirtiest films of 2018
We look back at the year of 2018 and ask our writers and readers to pick their dirty movie of the year; the list is as international, diverse and downright filthy as it gets! [Read More...]

We’ve walked a long, long way together!
DMovies and Walk This Way look back at the 18 dirty gems of European cinema released throughout 2018, and celebrate the second year of their partnership! [Read More...]

Crossing European borders without leaving your sofa!
Olivier Pere, the Artistic Director of the ArteKino Festival, reveals how the initiative began, some of his film selection criteria, and why everyone should be watching European cinema for free this month! [Read More...]

The Black Nights have never been this bright before!
As the 22nd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival draws to a close, we talk to the Festival Director Tiina Lokk and find out the dirty secrets of an event that showcased nearly 260 feature films, seeing more than 80,000 admissions! [Read More...]

December is the month of European cinema!
ArteKino is back with a selection of 10 dirty gems from every corner of Europe available until December 31st, and it's entirely free to watch! [Read More...]

Hate is baggage: why American History X still resonates 20 years on!
Robert Blair successfully ties Tony Kaye's two-decade old American crime drama with Trump's racist rhetoric, in a very profound and powerful analysis of human corruption and fallibility; he wraps it all up on a surprisingly positive note [Read More...]

Do cowboys have fantasies?
As a crisp 4k restoration of Dennis Hopper's "lost" masterpiece The Last Movie hits UK cinemas, Stephen Lee Naish reevaluates the film that nearly ruined the late American artist - out on Friday, December 14th [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to Alberto Sciamma
We spoke to the Spanish director of I Love My Mum, a British comedy laced with sociopolitical undertones, Brexit tropes and jokes about nationalism, plus it's also a picturesque tour of Europe and North Africa - the film premieres at the Cambridge Film Festival [Read More...]

Sorry to bother you, BFI and Picturehouse!!!
As the BFI London Film Festival draws to a close, Ben Flanagan highlights a stark contradiction between the proletarian message of films such as SORRY TO BOTHER YOU and the corporate attitude of the Festival organisers [Read More...]

How Ally’s father is crucial to the success of his daughter
Our writer takes a dirty look at the third remake of the Hollywood classic A Star is Born, and reveals why the paternal figure, played by Andrew Dice Clay, remains instrumental to the protagonist, played by a dazzling Lady Gaga  [Read More...]

Our top 10 dirty picks from the Cambridge Film Festival
As the third longest-running film festival in the UK approaches, we have cherry-picked the 10 most innovative, thought-provoking and downright filthy gems from the event that takes place between November 25th and December 1st! [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to Panos Cosmatos
As the instant classic Mandy premieres at the BFI London Film Festival and hits UK cinemas, Lara C. Cory met with the Italian-Canadian filmmaker and found out where the filthy story began! [Read More...]

London is in high spirits!!!
The 12th Native Spirit Film Festival starts in just a week at the heart of the British capital, with a selection of Indigenous films from all corners of the planet teeming with colour, diversity and urgent sociopolitical issues; check out our lowdown on the event. [Read More...]

Michael Haneke’s happy weekend in Britain
The emblematic Austrian director attends the latest Picturing Austrian Cinema Symposium organised by Dr Frederick Baker (University of Cambridge) and Dr Annie Ring (University College London), where he reveals the dirty secrets of his latest film, explains that he favours "no method" and why his camera always pans in the wrong direction! [Read More...]

A deep-dive into Austrian Cinema
Our journalist Ben Flanagan attends the Picturing Austrian Cinema symposium organised by the University of Cambridge since 2014; the event - which was also attended by no less than Michael Haneke - challenges preconceptions, unearths dirty gems and reveals the hidden facets of a cinema little known to many Brits [Read More...]

Meet the man behind the Black Divaz
As the documentary BLACK DIVAZ - about six Aboriginal drag queens - premieres at the Native Spirit Film Festival, we had a dirty talk with the filmmaker Adrian Russell Wills and found out about his inspiration, his impetus and the challenges in making such a thought-provoking movie [Read More...]

Our 10 mega-filthy picks for the BFI London Film Festival 2018
The 62th BFI London Film Festival takes place between October 10th and 21st; check out the 10 unmissable dirty gems that we have unearthed, all of them thoroughly reviewed exclusively for you! [Read More...]

In defense of screen life movies: not just marketing gimmicks
'Screen life' movies (horror/actions flicks that unfold on computer screens) have been dismissed as marketing gimmicks; in reality, they have created a whole new language teeming with social commentary - argues poet and screenwriter Charlie Jones [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to Mohsen Makhmalbaf
DMovies' editor Victor Fraga met with the emblematic Iranian director; they talked about trilogies, the failure of capitalism, the role of the artist in the modern world, Kiarostami's untimely death, Ken Loach, Joshua Oppenheimer and they also shared a very dirty secret [Read More...]

Run Lola Run, still going fast 20 years on!!!
Two decades later, Tom Tykwer's movie remains one of the most profitable foreign language films of all times; we investigate the dirty secrets of the highly influential German flick [Read More...]

James Bond, nostalgia and haptic visuality
French-Australian filmmaker Sidney Berthier investigates the intensified continuity editing in Quantum of Solace, revealing palpable visuals and a compelling sense of yearning [Read More...]

The key talking points from John Dahl’s Rounders
DMovies takes a dirty look at the 1990s' classic and unearth the hidden qualities of the poker game saga [Read More...]

Dance me to the end of love!
Our editor Victor Fraga shares the five songs that got the both film characters and his heart dancing, changing the way he sees cinema and the world forever! [Read More...]

I dream of a Black Europe!
A very African France has just won the World Cup, which is great news for a diverse and united Europe. But what about cinema? We reveal some of the Black European filmmakers that you should be looking out for! [Read More...]

10 films about the ugly face of the British Empire
While the vast majority of films both in cinema and television celebrate the British Empire and promote nationalism without any historical balance, a handful of films opt to reveal the very ugly face of Imperialism. We have dug them out for you! [Read More...]

Our lowdown on Sheffield Doc/Fest
Our new dirty writer Ben has attended the latest edition of the largest documentary film festival in the UK and third in the world; he shares the highlights of a very positive experience! [Read More...]

The TOP 5 most thought-provoking Star Wars films!
Think Star Wars can't get dirty? Think again. We have carefully selected five episodes of the emblematic franchise, and we describe what makes them provocative, innovative and unique! [Read More...]

Look the other way!
Egyptian filmmaker Abu Bakr Shawky challenges the conformism of cinema by casting a different gaze at actors with leprosy and various disabilities in his film YOMEDDINE; he talks to us about selecting the actors, filming and why cinema should be bold! [Read More...]

Tilting at windmills in Paris
Ian Schultz explains why THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE is Terry Gilliam's best film since BRAZIL, and that it was worth crossing the Channel overnight and by bus in order to watch it! [Read More...]

10 films about May 1968 and the French revolutionary spirit
It is now exactly half a century since strikers and students took to the streets and occupied factories and universities across France - we remember 10 films dealing the French revolutionary spirit, and what we have learnt since [Read More...]

Dirty expectations: 10 films to look out for in Cannes
With just over two weeks left before Cannes begins, our editor has picked 10 potentially dirty gems to keep an eye for; we'll be live at the event unearthing the dirt exclusively for you! [Read More...]

WARNING: film spoilers can kill!
Cinema-goer Charlie Jones argues in favour of spoilers, and why he thinks readers should be given the choice whether to find out about the dirty twists in a film or not! [Read More...]

This is no laughing matter!!!
Our 25-year-old reader Charlie Jones has come across some epic and glistening pieces of filmic garbage in his relatively short life as a cinema-goer; he shares his favourite gems and advises how to make the best of the experience! [Read More...]

Milos Forman dies aged 86
The Czech American director has passed away yesterday in the US "after a short illness" - we remember three of his dirtiest films [Read More...]

Nick Cave, Ennio Morricone and a lot of gunshots!
The music in Sergio Leone's 1965 Spaghetti classic A FEW DOLLARS MORE (composed by Ennio Morricone) and in the 2016 American neo-Western HELL OR HIGH WATER (by Nick Cave) have a lot in common, despite being made more than five decades apart - argues Alasdair Bayman [Read More...]

DMovies joins the fight for Brazilian democracy, as we get working at the coalface!
Cinema is a tool for social and political transformation. That's why DMovies' first film production denounces the coup d'état in Brazil, and the role of the Brazilian media (particularly TV Globo) in destroying democracy in Latin America. [Read More...]

The animated life of Isao Takahata!!!
One of the most subversive and singular voices of Japanese animation and the co-founder of Ghibli has sadly passed away at the age of 82; huge fan Jeremy Clarke looks back at his fascinating life and achievement - and what made his films different from everyone else's! [Read More...]

Listen up: this is our BFI Flare podcast!
As the largest LGBT Film Festival in the country draws to a close, Alasdair Bayman talks to very special guests about football, disability, Trump, plus gives his lowdown on the event, in our latest podcast! [Read More...]

Walk this Way with DMovies: Docs from around the World Collection
The globe is full of wonders, delights and problems, so Walk this Way and their Docs from around the World Collection bring some of the best documentaries straight to you on VoD. Sit back and absorb yourself in all aspects of our little blue planet! [Read More...]

Call it by another name!!!
A sequel to CALL ME BY YOUR NAME risks diluting what made it beautiful: a positive queer narrative to which young LGBT people can look up [Read More...]

The curious case of marketing Netflix
After marketing Alex Garland's ANNIHILATION in a strange fashion, we examine other cases and examples on Netflix, alongside their marketing strategies. [Read More...]