devilgate has written 6 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • 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.

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is glorious. I'd give it five stars if it wasn't for the fact that I don't think they had to have Hannah die. They could have misdirected us at the start a different way.

    Plus, that first few minutes means we start off feeling sad. It's a serious film, but it doesn't have to be sad.

    Not that there's anything automatically wrong with sadness ("Happiness for deep people." -- Sally Sparrow). Still, I think effectively fridging a little girl…

  • When Harry Met Sally...

    When Harry Met Sally...

    ★★★★

    Somehow I’d gone this long without ever seeing this. I’m glad I put it right now. The dialogue is glorious! Nora Ephron may be my favourite screenwriter after Aaron Sorkin, where dialogue is concerned.

    The ending flops a bit. In fact, I think I’d have enjoyed it more if they _hadn’t_ got together, but hey, what can you do?

  • Erin Brockovich

    Erin Brockovich

    ★★★★

    I wouldn’t have expected that a film about someone fighting an evil corporation that is poisoning people could be so feelgood. But this achieves it.

  • Springsteen On Broadway

    Springsteen On Broadway

    ★★★★

    I finished this last night, but actually watched it over the course of several weeks. Not the way I'd normally watch a film, but since it's mainly about the music, the interruptions don't really matter.

    Except... it's actually equally about the music and the storytelling. Both are valid and worthwhile. There was no single overarching narrative, though. The stories are a set of recollections of Springsteen's life. There are connections, of course, but each one stands alone well enough to…

  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★★★

    Greta Gerwig’s dual-timeline approach makes this more interesting than a straightforward adaptation would have been.