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  • Shanghai Express

    Shanghai Express

    ★★★

    My first exposure to this iconic double act. Marlene was utterly fantastic, mesmeric, magnetic, sexy and utterly timeless. She was, however, let down by an unconvincing romantic lead (I mean! Come on! Really) and a strangely leaden dramatic middle act. But some very interesting editing flourishes and she was simply made for cinema!

  • Diego Maradona

    Diego Maradona

    ★★★

    Hit the high marks of Senna a couple of times, but fell a little short of that doc masterclass. Lovely film, interesting character and incredible football story. Could’ve been told better...

  • Pierrot le Fou

    Pierrot le Fou

    ★★

    The cinematic play dough creation of a bored filmmaker...
    ...I am all for experimentation and testing the limits of film and film language, but you need to keep one thing front and centre: story (and character!). There were moments of exhilarating invention in this film (I loved the musical numbers and the ‘film extra’), but more often than not I was left cold and a little bored (which is how I feel Godard felt when making it).


    My film blindspot perhaps.

  • Persona

    Persona

    ★★★★½

    A double Bergman Tuesday. This one is a cracker. Unique, fiercely intelligent, experimental and utterly beguiling. I loved it it throughout and, to be honest, feel like I need another watch to process. But it is fantastic, wonderful performances and what struck me most was the commitment to close ups of human faces almost to the point of abstraction. Beautiful stuff.


    Bergman is a director who saw film differently. He saw the potential of the form and pushed it as far as he could. But he never let go of the need for tension and empathy. A true master...

  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal

    ★★★★½

    Beautifully written and fantastically directed film. Stark photography renders great power to this terrific examination of faith in the face of imminent death. There’s a wicked sense of humour and a great timelessness to it.

  • Shadow

    Shadow

    ★★½

    Spectacular, exhilarating fight scenes - the rest of it? Not so much...

  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    ★★★★½

    First time I’ve seen this in a longtime and it has lost none of its power, crazed nihilism or demented nasty streak. Wonderful performances and slick, razor sharp directions make this a classic!

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    A Matter of Life and Death

    ★★★★

    A beautifully made film and surely a contender for one of the most beautiful technicolour productions. Funny, witty and moving. Not their best, but another PnP classic!

  • Ran

    Ran

    ★★★★½

    Epic doesn’t really do this film justice. I was lucky enough to see a beautifully restored 4K version and it was an utter treat. I’m not sure anybody does action on this scale quite like Kurosawa. Really enjoyed it.

  • 10 Rillington Place

    10 Rillington Place

    ★★

    A pedestrian film occasionally emerging from the mundane shallows with the odd flourish of acting or direction, but quite disappointing.
    Another average Indicator release. Beautifully packaged, impeccably restored, but you can only polish a turd so much...

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★★

    Exquisite. Sumptuous. And perhaps one of the most beautifully designed films every produced. Heart-achingly tender, honest and true. A knock-out masterpiece!

  • Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    ★★★★½

    Powerful filmmaking that seamlessly blends superb documentary material with glossy studio footage befitting of the era. It’s a truly wonderful, disturbing and moving film. It’s also immensely interesting to see a filmmaker as distinct as Spielberg ferret himself away behind a subject matter that means so very much to him. Extremely fine work.