Demetrios Matheou

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Demetrios Matheou

Films from the vault


Monday, April 10th, 2023

War of the Worlds (2005)

Steven Spielberg used to make us feel good about aliens. To him they were super-intelligent and supremely benign; just a little misunderstood. ET was the kid trapped in his Halloween costume; the more sophisticated extra-terrestrials of Close Encounters of the Third Kind almost godlike, their colourful machines emitting heavenly music, while they invited their human

Saturday, February 6th, 2021

The Last Station (2009)

In honour of the ever-greater Christopher Plummer, who has just died

Sunday, August 23rd, 2020

Equus (1997)

Richard Burton gives one of his finest performances as a shrink confronting his own demons

Monday, July 27th, 2020

Blu-ray Scorsese shorts

A rewarding return to five early short films by an American master

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, 1996)

As Trainspotting celebrates its 20th anniversary, Danny Boyle and his original cast are preparing a new dose of Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

Charlie Kaufman's surreal and sad account of a man's uniquely expressed obsession with mortality

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)

It's the centenary of Orson Welles' birth – what better time to recall his first masterpiece

Friday, February 13th, 2015

The Philadelphia Story

'My, she was yar'. Grant, Hepburn and Stewart add Golden Age star power to Cukor's effervescent romantic comedy, which pokes fun at all sides in the class war

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005)

Part moral maze, part house of mirrors, Caché (Hidden) is concerned not only with what you can’t see, but not knowing what it is you’re looking at

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

The Beat That My Heart Skipped (Jacques Audiard, 2005)

A hood with aspirations to be a concert pianist is the novel premise for this outstanding French thriller

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Theorem (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968)

TERENCE Stamp has drolly recalled being over the moon when the Catholic church attacked Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema, in which he starred, on its release in 1968. “It was a very obscure movie – it was going...

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Playtime (Jacques Tati, 1967)

This is my favourite by the French comic genius Jacques Tati, because of its marvellous take on modern architecture and living. Tati used his anachronistic alter-ego, Monsieur Hulot, with his old-world manners and eccentricity, as a counterpoint...

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