My favourites are four first-time watches I loved in April 2022

Favorite films

  • C'mon C'mon
  • While You Were Sleeping
  • Starting Over
  • I Want You Back

Recent activity

  • Modesty Blaise

  • King and Country

  • The Strawberry Blonde

  • Caged Fury

Recent reviews

  • Modesty Blaise

    Modesty Blaise

    I’m obsessed with the enormity of the swerve Bogarde and Losey took going straight from the desperately bleak tragedy of King & Country to the cheerful, candy-coloured lunacy of Modesty Blaise. Those fellas! 

    Anyway, loved this so much. Every scene is so full of immaculately designed, beautiful weirdness (the sunglasses! the drinking glasses!), and everyone seems completely on board with the very particular tone. The wig reveal near the end made me splutter. The moment where Monica Vitti and Terence Stamp (in matching hats, because of course!) sing a song about how they’ve never slept together but they probably should have made my soul ascend. Glorious stuff.

  • King and Country

    King and Country

    Frame it a little differently and this is a love story: the respected captain - deadened to his fellow man through years of military orders and submergence in a numbing, constant stream of death - revivified by the endearingly guileless vulnerability of a young, scared private. But you can’t frame it differently, because it’s war, and there’s no room for humanity within that bloody, bloodless bureaucracy.

    You know where this is going to go from the very beginning - there are no surprises here. And still, despite that inevitability, this really leaves a mark. That final scene sears.

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    Roll Red Roll

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