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  • Ancient and Traditional Sport of Dwile Flonking

    Ancient and Traditional Sport of Dwile Flonking

    A brief, silent recording of the titular Norfolk custom, this is one of the less essential things on the BFI's Here's a Health to the Barley Mow compilation. The historical significance outpaces the cinematic merit: despite the title, this 1966 short might be a recording of the first ever dwile flonking competition. Dwile flonking is one of those English customs where no-one can agree whether it has some historic validity or whether it's just something a bunch of drunks with a dish-mop did one afternoon. The fact that it is basically impossible to tell the difference between the two says a lot about our national character.

  • Se7en

    Se7en

    I wrote another Weird 90s column for Horrified magazine about one of my favourite albums, David Bowie's 1995 "non-linear gothic drama hyper-cycle" 1.Outside. In particular, I'm asking how Bowie got from being a laughing stock in the late '80s to soundtracking the end credits to a movie as fiercely modern and dangerous as Se7en. The short answer? Just as he had done before, he turned to face the strange.

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  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

    Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

    ★★★★½

    Too often, when we wonder who the Greatest Living Englishman is, we forget that Nick Park asked Dreamworks for thirty million dollars to make an internationally-released feature-length film about marrow-growing contests in Lancashire and they said yes.

  • Pride

    Pride

    ★★★★½

    I was going to add a caveat to this review, to say that perhaps it wasn't a 4.5 film, but if you're queer, or if you're from one of those towns - you know, the ones with shops that you've never seen without the shutters down, the ones whose people are said to be "workshy" by people on TV despite the fact that some of the older residents still have scars on their head that they got from literally, physically…