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  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★½

    Delved in deep on the Scannain podcast if audio's your jam (circa the 69m mark here), but in a nutshell: no issue with anyone electing to oversee BoRhap's failings of filmmaking to enjoy an escapist evening of beloved ballads, but the film's so insistent in its insidious moralising that I have to see your right to a switch-off singalong and raise you the responsibility to hold pop culture to account. Especially when it's implicitly perpetuating the kind of suspect stereotyping…

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★

    Final number here so perfectly literalises the extent to which Cooper has very, very badly misread this story that—I'm sorry—I burst out laughing in the cinema. That it's so blatantly bad, though, is a testament to the strength of Lady Gaga, whose ability to invest her character with some shade of emotional reality draws on much more than the (well-deployed) musical talent for which she's been drafted in. Cos heaven knows Bradley has left her little to play with; his…

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  • Enter the Void

    Enter the Void

    ★★★★½

    Certain films you love because they touch you personally. Others you love because they tell a story so gripping you feel part of it yourself. Some you love for their part in shaping you as a cinephile, even as a person. Then there are the handful of films you love simply because you must love: because they represent so bold an authorial vision, so striking a view of the world, so wholly unique a perspective on life through cinema, that…

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    Werckmeister Harmonies

    ★★★★★

    Why do I hold Werckmeister Harmonies aloft as the greatest film I have ever seen? A huge part of it, admittedly, and the thing that makes me think it will remain my favourite film to the day I die, is its profound personal relevance. I first saw the film about 5 years ago now, at a time when my interest in cinema was in the very very earliest stages of blossoming. It blew me away. Takes that long, images that…