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  • Ashes and Diamonds

    Ashes and Diamonds 1958

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 23 Oct, 2016

    Up until the past couple of weeks, this was the only film from the acclaimed Polish director Andrzej Wajda's 'War Trilogy' that I'd ever seen. 1958's Ashes and Diamonds was the final chapter in the trilogy and I'd previously seen it as a teenager and had been rather bowled over by its depiction of the power vacuum that occurred in ravaged Poland during the final days of the Second World War.

    Following Wajda's death earlier this month at the age…

  • Small Zones

    Small Zones 1990

    ★★★ Watched 23 Oct, 2016 2

    The Play's The Thing Project

    Small Zones is a Screen Two film from 1990 that is based on the life of Russian dissident and poet Irina Ratushinskaya who, in 1983 was incarcerated for 'agitation carried on for the purpose of subverting or weakening the Soviet regime'. Despite suffering a cruel and inhumane regime of hard labour, Irina refused to have her spirit crushed and continued to write poetry, with some 250 poems written on soap, memorised and then washed away.…

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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.