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  • The Big Lift

    The Big Lift

    ★★

    Like None Shall Escape which I watched yesterday, the 1950 film The Big Lift has some deeply admirable intentions though not wholly satisfying results. Released less than a year after the Soviet blockade of Berlin and Operation Vittles — the 1948-'49 Western Allies airlift of much needed supplies, such as food and fuel, to the desperate, cut-off population of West Berlin — the film is a significant docudrama capturing this first major crisis of the Cold War.

    Written and directed…

  • None Shall Escape

    None Shall Escape

    ★★★

    This is a real educated guess of a film in that it was made before the war ended but prophesies not only the Allied victory but also the Nuremberg trials. Producer Samuel Bischoff got the idea from FDR's declaration on the 21st August, 1942 that information was being collated regarding war crimes to ensure a legal case would be built against those Nazis who were culpable once peace had been declared. The script, by German writer Alfred Neumann (whose works…

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  • Berberian Sound Studio

    Berberian Sound Studio

    ★★★★½

    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…

  • High-Rise

    High-Rise

    ★★★★★

    It's quite ironic that Elizabeth Moss understands High-Rise enough to take a role in it, yet fails to see the comparison with the 'faith' she belongs to; Scientology. Think about it, the fantastical vision of one prejudiced, difficult man that capitalises on the ambitions, aspirations and elitist yearnings of the public who immerse themselves so deeply into his dream that they fail to see how much the rot has set in. Genuinely, think about it, because she clearly didn't.

    Anyway....…