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  • A Matter of Life and Death

    A Matter of Life and Death

    ★★★★★

    A romantic fantasy of the highest order! Michael Powell's playful mise en scène, Jack Cardiff's boldly romantic lighting, Allan Gray's distinctively creepy score, and Alfred Junge's flamboyant production design give wonderful life to Emeric Pressburger's witty, dreamy screenplay, which follows an English airman's determined attempts to evade Heavenly bureaucracy during the Second World War after he manages to cheat death and fall in love with an American radio operator. David Niven does well as the miraculous pilot, with notable support…

  • Morons from Outer Space

    Morons from Outer Space

    ★★★★★

    Laughed my thrupennies off yet again, so there's clearly still something very wrong with me.

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  • The Turin Horse

    The Turin Horse

    ★★★★★

    It’s hard to imagine a film more depressing than Tarr’s remarkable and seemingly final offering. Even the bleakest works of Ingmar Bergman would fail to come close. But, just as with the Scandinavian master’s best pieces, Tarr’s The Turin Horse is nevertheless essential, entrancing viewing. The sadly retiring Hungarian’s singularity of vision is even more intense here than before, with his alluring, trademark tracking shots and gentle black humour all but abandoned in favour of mostly static, dialogue-free scenes of…

  • The 39 Steps

    The 39 Steps

    Many of those who watch this tremendously fun and super sexy Hitchcock flick will find themselves asking “well, just what does cause pip in poultry?” – a question voiced several times without response to The Memory Man at a grotty music hall in the film’s opening scene. Well, perhaps, not that many; though many more will, no doubt, ask questions of The 39 Steps’ numerous plot holes and contrivances. But art is generally lost on these poor, unfortunate, pedantic souls,…