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  • Blow Out 1981

    ★★★★ Rewatched 24 Nov, 2014

    Brian De Palma is a director who lovingly wears his influences on his sleeve and Blow Out certainly offers us some rich pickings of influential material, whilst revealing itself to be an intelligent and original work in its own right.

    Antonioni's Blow-Up and Coppola's The Conversation, Italian Giallo and the works of Hitchcock and real life events and characters like Chappaquiddick and the tragic Mary Jo Kopechne, the Kennedy dynasty and Jack and Bobby's political assassinations, eyewitnesses like Abraham Zapruder,…

  • Catch-22 1970

    ★★★★ Rewatched 24 Nov, 2014

    "That’s some Catch, that Catch-22"

    "It’s the best there is!"

    I decided to mark the sad passing of Mike Nichols, who died aged 83 last week, by watching perhaps one of his most unfairly maligned and cultish films.

    Quite why Catch-22 is maligned is to do with its predecessor and its contemporary. Fans of Joseph Heller's original and inventive, brilliant novel Catch-22 were never going to be satisfied with a movie adaptation. The novel is just too unique to be…

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  • Berberian Sound Studio 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Jan, 2013 10

    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…

  • Lenny 1974

    ★★★½ Rewatched 22 Nov, 2014 13

    Stand up comedy is hard, but its rewards are glorious. This week I dipped my toe in the stand up waters for the very first time by performing a five minute act for a friend's new monthly comedy night. It's a real buzz and even a novice like me enjoyed having the ability to not only make an audience consistently laugh, but also to engage with them, hold their attention and, just for a moment or two, make them think…