devilgate has written 4 reviews for films during 2021.

  • Pretend It's a City

    Pretend It's a City

    ★★★½

    Date is approximate, and anyway we watched the various parts over two or three weeks.

    Really good, though annoying in places. Fran Lebowitz is great on many things, misanthropic on many things, and would be fun to talk to. Scorsese is a great interviewer, but he doesn’t have to laugh at _everything_ she says.

  • Rocks

    Rocks

    ★★★★

    Great, moving film about a teenaged girl whose mother leaves — it’s never stated why, but most likely because of mental health problems — who tries to keep life going normally for herself and her little brother. Inevitably there are problems, with school, with social workers. 

    It’s set and filmed in and around d Hackney, so I feel like these could be people I see on the streets, people my kids went to school with. 

    Refreshingly, many clichés are avoided: the problems are not about drugs or gangs, or even race. 

    A top piece of work.

  • Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    ★★★★½

    Brilliant. Not enough full song footage used.

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    ★★★

    Date is approximate.