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Frank Sidebottom The Home of the Retrospective


A nostalgic (but not blindly nostalgic) look back at some cult and classic movies. Are they worth checking out once you take off the rose-tinted glasses? Find out in this retrospective section.

Paprika (2006) adapted from a novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui

Satoshi Kon's final anime feature film is a wild but intelligently thought out ride through the world of dreams. A film often cited as having inspired Christopher Nolan's Inception, its embrace of themes such as the dangers of the malicious use of technology and the influence of culture on consciousness are all the more pertinent nowadays.

Paprika (2006) poster

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Blue Velvet (1986) written and directed by David Lynch

Don the gas mask for this analysis of the surreal director's subconsciously disturbing classic starring Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini and Dennis Hopper.

Blue Velvet (1986) titles

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Frank (2014) starring Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson

Director Lenny Abrahamson and writer Jon Ronson's loose account of the eccentric comedy musician Frank Sidebottom is blackly funny, bittersweet and strange.

Frank - loosely based on Frank Sidebottom

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​Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

This Monty Python take on the Arthurian Legend is so funny it will leave more than just a flesh wound.

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