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  • Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star

    Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star

    ★★★½

    Briefly touched upon on Cinema Eclectica, but the Criterion disc of Mildred Pierce out on Monday also has this excellent feature-length documentary, examining Crawford's life and work from every angle available. As someone who's been on the fence about her in the past - I mean, I love Johnny Guitar, but hadn't explored much further - it was a real eye-opener. Between this and From Caligari to Hitler on Eureka's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari disc, 2017 is a banner year for extra features on UK discs.

  • Mildred Pierce

    Mildred Pierce

    ★★★★

    Reviewed on Cinema Eclectica.

    A film made by its executive meddling, Mildred Pierce bridges the gap between James M Cain's most atypical novel and his usual noir style better than you'd ever thought possible.

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  • Pride

    Pride

    ★★★★½

    I was going to add a caveat to this review, to say that perhaps it wasn't a 4.5 film, but if you're queer, or if you're from one of those towns - you know, the ones with shops that you've never seen without the shutters down, the ones whose people are said to be "workshy" by people on TV despite the fact that some of the older residents still have scars on their head that they got from literally, physically…

  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters

    ★★★★

    You shouldn't have to talk about fandom, of course. You shouldn't have to earn the right to offer your opinions on movies, and no good movie should be dependent on goodwill ported over from previous source material. It's just that, for me, there is something a bit special about Ghostbusters - the original movies, and the cartoon series spun off from them. The movies were a bit too scary for young me at the time they came out, actually, so…