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  • Late Spring

    Late Spring

    ★★★★½

    Ozu kicks arse
    In a gentle, clever, carefully observed, subtlety nuanced kind of way. 
    Essential Japanese cinema from one of the best.

  • Schizopolis

    Schizopolis

    ★★★

    Humorous Soderbergh experimentation about miscommunication, the inner and outer representation of self, a searching for connection, perpose and who knows what else. Sometimes a hit, sometimes a miss, more than a bit student film and none the worse for it.

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  • Gaga: Five Foot Two

    Gaga: Five Foot Two

    ½

    Bargain-bin Madonna impersonator, Lady Gaga affords us a carefully edited insight into her decadent life of narcissistic self-obsession. 
    We follow the diminutive pop princess around as an entourage of giggling sycophants bow, crawl and grovel to her every need. 
    Clearly the project was made with the In bed With Madonna documentary in mind, only Gaga's film takes no risks, exposes no insecurities and avoids at all costs showing its star in anything other than a favourable light. 
    What really struck…

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    ★★★★★

    To watch a film that's held up to be one of the all time greats is a daunting task, however Sunrise, more than lived up to the weight of my expectation. German expressionist director F. W. Murnau (Nosferatu, Faust) made Sunrise for the Fox Film corporation in 1927 and it proved a milestone of artistic and technical innovation.
    Murnau, a director open to experimentation employed the Fox Movietone sound-on-film system, as a consequence Sunrise became one of the first films…