Mark and I reviewed That'll Be the Day on a recent edition of Pop Screen, which leaves a very obvious piece of unfinished business in the form of the film's wild, excessive, thrillingly '70s sequel. So we reviewed it, and if you donate to our Patreon at the £3 per month tier you can listen to it. I know £3 a month sounds like a lot, but if you're living in Britain right now it's £2 less per month than…
Part of 30 Countries 2021. Today: France!
Also 52 films by women 2021: 17/52.
Not quite my favourite Claire Denis film - although it's only a hair beneath the skyscraping likes of 35 Shots of Rum and Bastards - but this seems to me to contain the nucleus of her genius. The story is universal, but in the telling it becomes full of tiny, particular, inexplicably memorable details: Agnès Godard's camera even dips to catch the blob of shampoo falling…
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.
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…