Ally Pitts

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Favorite films

  • Withnail & I
  • Clueless
  • Welcome, or No Trespassing
  • The Lives of Others

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  • Stromboli

  • The Queen of Spades

  • Ghost in the Shell

  • One Way or Another

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  • Zerograd

    Zerograd

    A profoundly unsettling and bizarre story of gaslighting in an eerie, anonymous Soviet provincial town.

    I discussed this one on The Projection Booth with Mike White and Samm Deighan (who recorded a commentary track for the Deaf Crocodile Blu-ray release) a while back, which was a lot of fun.

    If you'll forgive a mildly self-indulgent linguist digression...I totally get why the title is most often rendered Zerograd or City Zero, because those are way more evocative to anglophones, but a…

  • Chameleon Street

    Chameleon Street

    This sorta reminded me of Withnail & I, both for the linguistic flair of the script, and the magnetic charisma of the central performance, the episodic structure, and the fact that the main character is compelling while being incorrigibly narcissistic.

    I'm grateful to Mtume Gant for putting this on my radar. There's an episode of We Cut Heads: A Spike Lee Podcast on the film that's well worth checking out.

    At the time of writing, Chameleon Street is streaming on MUBI…

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  • I Lived with You

    I Lived with You

    ★★★½

    This review was originally written for the Early May 2020 edition of Talking Pictures TV Podcast.

    I host a podcast on Russian films and films with a Russian connection called Russophiles Unite, so when I saw that the main character I Lived With You is a Russian emigre prince, I couldn't help but be intrigued.

    We don't meet him for a few minutes though, with the film instead introducing us to three members of the Wallis family, Will, who works…

  • The Belle of New York

    The Belle of New York

    ★★★

    Three stars feels kind of over-generous; the dance numbers are absolutely top notch (as you might imagine, given who's involved), but the story that ties them together is pretty dire!