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  • Ravenous

    Ravenous 1999

    ★★★½ Rewatched 28 May, 2016

    The Antonia Bird Season

    A speedy rewatch just a couple of days after reviewing this initially, this time I watched with the Antonia Bird/Damon Albarn commentary track.

    Interestingly, Bird mentions that Sheila Tousey's character was not originally written as female, and that the decision to swap her gender and cast Tousey was made somewhere along the line before Bird came on board (indeed all casting decisions were already made before Bird came to the project) It's telling then that Bird…

  • The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn

    The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn 1956

    ★★★ Watched 28 May, 2016

    The humour and success of The Goons never really travelled from radio to screen, despite several attempts. One such attempt is the 1956 short The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn from director Joseph Sterling and starring Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan, with Dick Emery replacing Harry Secombe.

    Like The Goons, our three leads here have multiple roles in the story of Scotland Yard's attempts to investigate the theft of the titular priceless artefact. Naturally it’s a cheap production, packed with…

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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…

  • A Field in England

    A Field in England 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Jul, 2013 11

    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…