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  • Borstal Boy

    Borstal Boy 2000

    ★½ Watched 29 Jul, 2015

    Based on the autobiographical book by Irish playwright Brendan Behan which detailed his time spent in an English Borstal for smuggling bombs into Liverpool for Irish terrorism, director Peter Sheridan's Borstal Boy is sadly a deeply tepid affair not helped by its gloopy cinematography, insipid and uninspiring casting and poor quality sound.

    American actor Shawn Hatosy (no, me neither) stars as the young Behan, a committed and loyal IRA soldier who discovers his (bi)sexuality in custody thanks to fellow gay…

  • Final Cut

    Final Cut 1998

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Jul, 2015

    After watching The Wee Man at the weekend (The Poo Man more like) I wanted to remind myself that, beyond the excellent mockumentary TV series Operation Good Guys, Ray Burdis could actually direct something good once.

    Final Cut is a film that bears close affinity to Operation Good Guys. Made around the same time as that show's first series, it stars many of the same ensemble and is created by Burdis and his co-writer/producer/director Dominic Ancianio via the same techniques;…

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  • Berberian Sound Studio

    Berberian Sound Studio 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Jan, 2013 11

    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

    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…