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The Indy Book Club: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous shows how often love is tied to pain

The Indy Book Club: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous shows how often love is tied to pain

The Indy Book Club: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous shows how often love is tied to pain The Indy Book Club: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous shows how often love is tied to pain On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, the debut novel by TS Eliot Prize-winning poet Ocean Vuong, is a love letter from Vietnamese-American son “Little Dog” to his …

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The Indy Film Club: How Blow Out proves that film can’t show us the truth

The Indy Film Club: How Blow Out proves that film can’t show us the truth

The Indy Film Club: How Blow Out proves that film can’t show us the truth The Indy Film Club: How Blow Out proves that film can’t show us the truth A good scream is hard to find. Tears can be switched on like a tap. A smile is just a twitch of the muscles. But a scream isn’t produced. It …

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The Indy Book Club: ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ shows kindness can endure even the most hostile conditions

The Indy Book Club: ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ shows kindness can endure even the most hostile conditions

The Indy Book Club: ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ shows kindness can endure even the most hostile conditions The Indy Book Club: ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ shows kindness can endure even the most hostile conditions One is not born, but rather becomes, an immigrant. That’s what I thought when I read John Steinbeck’s 1939 American epic The Grapes of Wrath. Set …

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The Indy Film Club: American Psycho was a canary in the coalmine for the Trump era

The Indy Film Club: American Psycho was a canary in the coalmine for the Trump era

Donald Trump’s shadow looms over American Psycho. In Mary Harron’s razor-sharp satire, released 20 years ago, finance bro-cum-psychopathic killer Patrick Bateman worships the man. His eyes always dart nervously around the streets and high-end restaurants of New York City, on the lookout for him or his then-wife Ivana (the story is set in the late 1980s). He’s an even greater feature …

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The Indy Film Club: Amores perros is a primordial stew of pain, desire and rage

The Indy Film Club: Amores perros is a primordial stew of pain, desire and rage

All masters are like their dogs,” theorises El Chivo (Emilio Echevarria), the weary sage of Amores perros. In Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s electrifying debut, he’s proven right. Whatever line exists between human and canine has been erased. The word “perros” can refer both to dogs and to the wretched (the film is sometimes marketed as Love’s a Bitch, though the title never …

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The Indy Book Club: Flowers for Algernon is a sad, sweet interrogation of what it is to be human

The Indy Book Club: Flowers for Algernon is a sad, sweet interrogation of what it is to be human

At university, I had a lecturer who used to watch Strictly Come Dancing so that she had something she could talk to normal people about. She was so insanely clever, her brain so swollen with theories on phenomenology, existentialism, the categorical imperative, that she often struggled to communicate her thoughts to the rest of us. Often, the smarter you are, …

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The Indy Film Club: How panther-horror Cat People changed cinema forever

The Indy Film Club: How panther-horror Cat People changed cinema forever

Cat People owes a surprising debt to Citizen Kane. After Orson Welles’s magnum opus flopped at the box office and drained the coffers of RKO, the studio looked to producer Val Lewton to make them a quick buck. What better than a low-budget horror film? He hired some of Welles’s old crew and borrowed the staircase from The Magnificent Ambersons …

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