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  • Svengali 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 31 Jul, 2014

    I once managed a band...for all of one night. Securing them their first gig, the singer and guitarist decided to have an argument and then a full blown fight on stage before decreeing their career together in music to be over. It's therefore with some amusement and a rueful shake of the head that such a scene also features in Svengali. Seems that kind of thing is par for the course.

    Svengali may not be the most original film on…

  • The Selfish Giant 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 30 Jul, 2014 3

    There's just not enough stars.

    If Ken Loach has decided that Jimmy's Hall will mark his leave from the world of fiction film making then I think we can safely say his style of storytelling will continue regardless because, on this evidence, the mantle has been passed to Clio Barnard.

    Only her second film, following the deeply impressive debut feature The Arbor which detailed the life of Andrea Dunbar in an experimental documentary fashion, The Selfish Giant places us firmly…

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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…

  • A Field in England 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Jul, 2013 23

    Oh Wheatley you weird mad fucker. You're just not happy unless your audience is completely and utterly bemused are you? Just when you give us something we can all grasp easily and find palatable (albeit dark of course) in Sightseers, you go and throw up this one.

    Imagine if Michael Reeves took an LSD trip when making The Witchfinder General. Think of Peter Watkins Culloden or Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo's Winstanley on shrooms. Chuck in a liberal dose of…