The circle of life – ★★★★

Samsara is a philosophy within Hinduism, Buddhism and Yoga to name but a few religions, pertaining to the belief that the life we are leading is only one of many. Literally meaning “continuous flow”, Ron Fickle’s new film shows this in astounding ways and is the most beautiful film you’ll see all year.

Filmed over 25 countries for the best part of five years and on 70mm film, it’s a labour of love from the people behind Baraka (1992) and Chronos (1985). The director Ron Fickle and producer Mark Magidson have teamed up once again with dazzling imagery and perfectly scored music providing a visual feast. With not a word spoken for the entirety of the film we are left to simply bask in the marvels of the world while also reflecting on what we’ve done to it.

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Christ is risen! Cinema’s greatest Jesus films.



The central figure of the Christian religion. Jesus conducted a mission of preaching and healing (with reported miracles) in Palestine in about ad 28–30, which is described in the Gospels. His followers considered him to be the Christ or Messiah and the Son of God, and belief in his resurrection from the dead is the central tenet of Christianity.

It’s Easter, the time when Christians the world over get fierce excited about our Lord kicking the can, then, like any good man who gets knocked down, he got back up again.

Being brought up in Ireland, religion played a big part for both of us growing up, Páraic on one side of the Reformation fence and Nigel on the other – the fact one of us has a fada in his name and the other gets the quintessentially British name probably reveals our parents’ allegiances.

Anyway, no matter where you go on Sunday mornings, it’s hard not to be even a little bit interested in the story of Jesus Christ. Cinema is no different with countless adaptations down through the years. For the weekend that’s in it, we present our seven favourite Jesus films – in no particular order…

(P denotes a Páraic pick, N is Nigel’s)

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