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  • Sex, Drugs & Murder: Life in the Red Light Zone

    Sex, Drugs & Murder: Life in the Red Light Zone 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Jul, 2016

    Another provocative documentary short film from BBC3 now in the guise of an online platform broadcaster, Sex, Drugs & Murder: Life in the Red Light Zone is a tragic and hard watch concerning the sex workers of the Leeds borough, Holbeck which, since 2014, has operated a legalized 'red light zone' from 7pm to 7am daily.

    This is a film that quite rightly pulls no punches as evinced from the opening moments when Sammie Jo, essentially the film's main subject, matter…

  • Men Who Sleep in Trucks

    Men Who Sleep in Trucks 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2016

    M'colleagues Iain Stott and Graham Williamson have already delivered very fine reviews on this charming, haunting short documentary film from Marc Isaacs, so I don't really have much to add on the subject myself, except to say that watching four burly, ruddy faced topless northern men retire for the evening in their cabs, offers up an unexpected and touching vulnerability to their characters that I imagine was hitherto unsuspected. It certainly bypassed and surpassed my own impressions and expectations of…

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  • Berberian Sound Studio

    Berberian Sound Studio 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Jan, 2013 13

    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 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 23 Mar, 2016 10

    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.