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  • Author: The JT LeRoy Story

    Author: The JT LeRoy Story

    ★★★★★

    Part of Consenting Adults: Fifty Years of British Pride.

    One of the many reasons why I'm fascinated by hoaxes is that, when you drill into it, it's hard to really define the term. A hoax done for malicious reasons is not a hoax, it's a con. A hoax done to amuse people is not a hoax, it's a prank. A hoax where the perpetrator appears to sincerely believe their inaccurate information is a delusion. This is before we get into…

  • Touchez Pas au Grisbi

    Touchez Pas au Grisbi

    ★★★★

    "Its gangsters are not the cackling supervillains Hollywood had previously shown in White Heat and Little Caesar, but rather world-weary, fatalistic professionals. It’s not a whitewash – hard to imagine a British or American film released in 1954 being as utterly frank about the drug trade as Becker is here. At the same time, the film is comfortable enough with its characters’ humanity to show gang leader Max at home in his pyjamas. Jimmy Cagney never wore pyjamas."

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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…