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  • Silk Stockings 1957

    ★★★ Rewatched 25 Oct, 2014

    This musical remake of 1939's Ninotchka retains the strong romcom element to a satisfying degree, but sadly I don't find many of the songs up to scratch which has to be a failing for a musical.

    Fred Astaire is as charming and elegant as ever in his role as Steve Canfield an American film producer intent on working with a Russian composer for his next picture in Paris. He is reunited here with his Band Wagon co-star the sultry Cyd…

  • Northern Soul 2014

    ★★★ Watched 24 Oct, 2014 1

    Nicely evocative of the scene - to the extent that you can almost feel the sweat on your body and smell the stench of the beer in the dance hall - Northern Soul, Elaine Constantine's debut suffers from being a project that is a something of an authentic style over actual substance piece.

    2010's Soul Boy previously attempted to cover this ground and though that was a somewhat cliched depiction/representation of the Northern Soul scene it remains more peppy and…

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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…

  • Taxi Driver 1976

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 Oct, 2014

    There was a review here, but one day a real rain came and washed it all clean.

    Nah in all seriousness, I toyed with writing something but then I realised it's all been said. No one really needs to see another review about this. It's a classic that bears repeated viewing.

    Actually, here's something novel and personal to me to say about this; the sadly all too platonic relationship between Albert Brooks and the divine Cybill Shepherd puts me in…