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The Loop “Perreando” To Bad Bunny´s Safaera

Puerto Rican superstar Bad Bunny has delivered one of the albums of the year with YHLQMDLG (Spanish short for “I do what I want”) and among its many standout moments, teaming up with Jowell & Randy & Nengo Flow, ‘Safaera’ and its multiple beat changes brings together reggaeton, rasta culture and Missy Elliott samples with such an irresistible result that it is the new #1 in our loop. Bunny is followed in the Top 3 by the latest offerings from Rina Sawayama and Honey Harper.

Keeping the young Latin vibe, Spanish singer ROSALÍA is the highest new entry. Also new, the latest tracks by Lyra Pramuk; Kate NV; Run The Jewels feat. Greg Nice & DJ Premier; Waxahatchee; Perfume Genius; Blake Mills; Car Seat Headrest; Nadine Shah; The Weeknd; Skepta feat. Chip & Young Adz; Childish Gambino; Deerhoof… and another new song by Aussie favourites The Avalanches feat. Rivers Cuomo & Pink Siifu. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Rober Awards 2019 Film Poll

The Rober Academy for the arts and sciences of entertainment cordially invites you to cast your vote in the 2019 Rober Awards Film Poll. Please find the ballot below. You can tick up to two choices in each of the categories. To help your choices, a Youtube playlist with the trailers from all nominated features is enclosed at the bottom.

And the nominees are: Read the rest of this entry »


Best Films Of 2019

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#LFF2019 Closes With Scorsese’s Impressive ‘The Irishman’

The 63rd edition of the BFI London Film Festival went out with a bang. After twelve days of such standout works as Pedro Costa’s Locarno winner ‘Vitalina Varela’; Robert Eggers’ gothic nightmare ‘The Lighthouse;’ Céline Sciamma’s masterful ‘Portrait Of A Lady On Fire’ and many more; its closing gala wrapped it up on a high note with one of the most awaited films of the year, Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman.’

In the last few weeks, we had been reading about the many controversies surrounding its long and difficult gestation; the involvement of Netflix; the use of a new (and arguably revolutionary) technology to de-age its protagonists (Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci on top of their game); the current, changing state of cinema… But perhaps the biggest headline we can take out if it is that ‘The Irishman’ is vintage Scorsese, called to rank among his finest works. The director; his two stars (De Niro -who also came for one of the LFF’s screen talks- and Pacino) and the film’s producers, Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Jane Rosenthal, gave a crammed press conference to present the film. Read the rest of this entry »

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#LFF2019 Recommended: A Year of Notable British Debuts

One of the conclusions one can get from this year’s LFF is that, judging by the large number of notable first features premiered, a new generation of British filmmakers is making its way into the industry. Such excellent works as ‘Saint Maud’ by Rose Glass, which we already reviewed and was selected for the official competition; Fizal Boulifa’s depiction of working class life in ‘Lynn + Lucy;’ the psychological thriller ‘Make Up’ by Claire Oakley; the violence among a family of Irish drug dealers as told in Nick Rowland’s ‘Calm With Horses’ and, not exactly a debut but equally accomplished, ‘Nocturnal,’ the first narrative feature by former documentarian Nathalie Biancheri, show no shortage of fresh talent in UK cinema. Read the rest of this entry »

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#LFF2019 An Impressive Lighthouse; A Rather Basic Instinct and The Sex Life of the Disabled.

Our third festival chronicle features one of the best and most bizarre films of the year, ’The Lighthouse;’ A controversial; female gaze depiction of the boundaries between sexual desire and abuse, ‘Instinct,’ and a surprisingly enjoyable exploration of the sexual life of a young woman with cerebral palsy in the Japanese dramedy ’37 Seconds.’ Read the rest of this entry »

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#LFF2019 The Story of Sound in Film; An Irish Drama; a US Indie Comedy and Mexican Social Realism.

Our second day at the LFF screenings began with a blast or, more specifically, with tons of them as featured in Midge Costin’s superbly didactic documentary ‘Making Waves: The Art Of Cinematic Sound.’ It continued with the thought provoking Irish drama ‘Rose Plays Julie’ dealing with a young woman searching for their real parents; ‘The Climb,’ a deadpan US indie comedy about friendship and we finished the day with our favourite film of the festival, so far, a Mexican drama about the great wealth divide ‘Workforce.’ Here’s our chronicle: Read the rest of this entry »

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#LFF2019 Recommended: Two Discoveries and A Return To Form

The first day of the London film festival finally arrived and I had almost forgotten, after a year abroad, the hardships of London Public Transport. A massive overcrowding in the Northern Line prevented me from being on time for the press screening of the opening gala , Armando Iannucci’s adapting Dickens in ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield,’ which I’ll try luck later on the week with one of its public screenings. Instead, I opted for an Indian film, Jallikattu, which turned out to be quite a unique experience not for the faint-hearted. Yesterday I also caught up with Rose Glass’ disturbing first feature, Saint Maud, and the latest and rather good work by Canadian (former) wunderkid Xavier Dolan, Matthias et Maxime. Here’s my chronicle of those films Read the rest of this entry »

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#LFF2019 Recommended: Three Remarkable Portraits Of Strong Women

One day before Armando Iannucci revisiting Charles Dickens in ‘The Personal Story of David Copperfield’ kick-starts this year’s edition of the London Film Festival, here’s a few tips on films we have already seen and believe you should not miss. We begin with three portraits of strong women, fiercely fighting against the society’s conventions imposed on their lives, either by unwanted marriages; unaccepted LGBT relationships or an employment precariousness that comes in their way to a fulfilled existence. Read the rest of this entry »

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#LFF2019 Mixtape: Films For Music Lovers

One more year, the London Film Festival is almost here bringing, from October the 2nd to the 13th, an impressive and massive selection of the best films from all over the world. As we did in past editions, we are focusing on those films that would be of particular interest for music lovers. This year we are spoilt for choice, from punk movements to gospel treasures; documentaries about rock stars; jazz icons; African legends; pop stars acting debuts; musical; global folklore; extraordinary soundtracks; music technical crafts…

We have also created a Spotify playlist, The London Film Festival 2019 Mixtape, not to be confused with the experimental strand of the festival’s session of the same name, in which the audience will be presented with a series of carefully selected, groundbreaking works, without knowing which ones in advance. Our mixtape contains tracks which either are part of the films mentioned or relevant to their contents, depending on their availability of the popular platform. On this edition we have only one miss still not ready for streaming: Nicolas Jaar’s fantastic soundtrack for the latest Pablo Larraín’s opus ‘Ema,’ with its unique mix of reggaeton and electronica that’s an integral part of the film’s atmosphere.

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The Comet Is Coming Up To The Loop’s #1

Innovative London jazz trio The Comet Is Coming is this week’s top track in our loop with their genre bending number ‘Summon The Fire’. Little Simz Feat. Chronixx; Four Tet feat. KH; Tamaryn and, another new band with genre bending skills, from Almería, Compro Oro, mixing popular Spanish music with anglo-saxon beats in their lo-fi rumba ‘Carmen,’ complete the Top 5 in the latest edition of our favourite songs.

Santa Monica’s songwriter Weyes Blood is the highest new entry, followed by the latest songs by Broken Social Scene; Lizzo Ft. Missy Elliott; Flume; Sacred Paws; ANOHNI; Grimes; La Casa Azul; Peggy Gou… and the return of Aussie psychedelic rockers Tame Impala.

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#Nominations2018 : Best Picture

…And the nominees for best picture are: Read the rest of this entry »

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#Nominations2018 : Best Director

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#Nominations2018 : Best Actor

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