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  • Cabaret

    Cabaret 1993

    ★★★★ Rewatched 03 Dec, 2016

    I hadn't seen this recording of Sam Mendes' production of Cabaret since it was broadcast on television in 1993. I'm so glad to have finally caught up with it again now. This is really good stuff, complete with Jane Horrocks' stunning performance of Sally Bowles which captures the haughty, shallow and infuriating nature that was totally missing from Liza Minnelli's otherwise iconic turn. If you're expecting a carbon copy of Minnelli, you're in for a surprise and you'd be dead…

  • Army of Shadows

    Army of Shadows 1969

    ★★★★★ Watched 02 Dec, 2016

    A blisteringly good film drawn from Jean-Pierre Melville's own experiences in the resistance during WWII, Army of Shadows is a spellbinding study of bravery and evil.

    Focusing on a number of resistance agents headed up by the excellent Lino Ventura, the film details the psychology of how resistance members hoped to fight and kill Nazis but ultimately fought an all too often easily empathetic and identifiable betrayal, which spread like cancer through the ranks, leading to them killing their own.…

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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.

    Anyway....…