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  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Mulholland Drive
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • F for Fake

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  • Catwoman

  • Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power

    ★★★

  • Music

    ½

  • The Duchess of Malfi

    ★★★½

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  • Catwoman

    Catwoman

    I've made one of my occasional stop-overs on our sister podcast Behold!, dedicated to comic-book adaptations. They've been inspired by The Batman to have a little mini-series of Catwoman films, and no prizes for guessing which episode I ended up on. While it is terrible, there's something endearingly dopey about Catwoman; it's definitely not as vile as Music, which I also suffered through around this time. Every time the action is not directly superpower-related it seems to be bolted together…

  • Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power

    Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power

    ★★★

    52 films by women 2022: 33/52.

    Ruth Evans and Chi Chi Izundu's film about how Tim Westwood used his position as a gatekeeper for British hip-hop culture to sexually harass and coerce young Black women into sex is a work of journalism, not cinema. That's not a criticism - it's a work of good journalism, breaking a story that had been whispered about for years into the mainstream. Television's previous attempts to visualise a story of historic sexual abuse has…

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  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

    Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

    ★★★★½

    Too often, when we wonder who the Greatest Living Englishman is, we forget that Nick Park asked Dreamworks for thirty million dollars to make an internationally-released feature-length film about marrow-growing contests in Lancashire and they said yes.

  • 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…