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  • Amazing Grace

    Amazing Grace

    ★★★★½

    "Tell me are you a Christian child?"
    And I said "Ma'am, I am tonight"- from 'Walking In Memphis' by Mark Cohn

    This line came into my head as I was watching this remarkable time capsule. Not since watching STOP MAKING SENSE has a concert film made my whole body just want to get up and sing and dance. A beautifully intimate film, capturing two nights of phenomenal gospel songs by Aretha and the Southern Californian Choir. There's some incredibly special…

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    Second viewing:

    Like an I-talian spaghetti sauce: Tasty and surprising the first time round; richer and deeper flavoured the second time. Molto bene

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  • She's Gotta Have It

    She's Gotta Have It

    ★★★★★

    Some films try so hard to be cool and just aren't. She's Gotta Have It just drips cool from the minute it starts to the very end. As searingly honest, hilarious and lively as it was when it was released in 1986, this film does so many things ahead of its time. It follows the story of one Brooklynite Nola Darling as she simultaneously dates three different men, refusing to commit or to be 'posessed' by one of them. It…

  • Only Lovers Left Alive

    Only Lovers Left Alive

    ★★★★★

    A majestic moody cocktail of masterful direction, a script that makes you want to eat the paper it was written on, perfect casting, production design to die for, a throbbing, intoxicating score, timeless and electric performances... one of those rare cinematic creations where something almost alchemical happened when they captured it and all you can do is lie and think about it all night long. Jim Jarmusch at his finest.