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  • Adelheid

    Adelheid

    ★★★★

    Having explored much of the Czechoslovakian New Wave recently, I must admit that Adelheid took me a little by surprise. Directed by František Vláčil from a screenplay he co-wrote with Vladimír Körner (whose 1967 novel the film is based on) this is not a film that concerns itself with social realism or the tropes of the New Wave movement, rather it is a tragic and cinematically poetic love story, littered with heavy metaphor - a commentary on the effects of…

  • Stacey on the Front Line: Girls, Guns and Isis

    Stacey on the Front Line: Girls, Guns and Isis

    ★★★★

    You've got to hand it to Stacey Dooley. Against all expectations, she's been quietly beavering away since 2008 with a series of documentary films, many of which could put Louis Theroux to shame - and all on BBC3, a channel that spent so long being castigated as a purveyor of undemanding fare for airheaded 18-24 year olds, that the BBC Trust deemed it dispensable and moved it to an online platform. Thankfully, someone has sense at the BBC and routinely…

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  • Berberian Sound Studio

    Berberian Sound Studio

    ★★★★½

    My word.

    What an amazing film.

    Firstly if you're a nerd for the aesthetics of film, you'll love it. The 70s setting, the Giallo references are all perfect that you don't think of it as a present day film set in the 70s, this could be a lost forgotten 70s film.

    Secondly, if you're a nerd for the mechanics of film, the technology, you'll REALLY love it.

    I belong in the former camp really but this film has really given…

  • High-Rise

    High-Rise

    ★★★★★

    It's quite ironic that Elizabeth Moss understands High-Rise enough to take a role in it, yet fails to see the comparison with the 'faith' she belongs to; Scientology. Think about it, the fantastical vision of one prejudiced, difficult man that capitalises on the ambitions, aspirations and elitist yearnings of the public who immerse themselves so deeply into his dream that they fail to see how much the rot has set in. Genuinely, think about it, because she clearly didn't.

    Anyway....…