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  • Rouge, le portrait mensonger de Bertrand Bonello

    Rouge, le portrait mensonger de Bertrand Bonello

    ★½

    I understand this is a companion piece to another film which I haven't seen or even heard of, and I'm not sure I would have watched it had I known that. Barely really grapples with its central theme of finding beauty in "monstrosity", however that's defined, and it ends at 58 minutes with the feeling that the director's as bored of this as we are. Some nice paintings, and I'm sure Bertrand Bonello enjoyed his trip around the gallery, but he's no Sister Wendy.

  • Ship of the Ether

    Ship of the Ether

    ★★★½

    Watched this during my research into Karel Zeman: it is the only film I know of prior to Zeman's 1949 Inspiration which attempts to animate glass. George Pal's glass ship is extremely beautiful but has less of a how-did-he-do-that factor than Zeman's dancing glass figurines. The real marvel is the looping, bending limbs of Pal's characters. Moving exactly as a cel-animated character of a similar vintage would, it's impossible to believe they're solid objects.

    And then there's a bit of…

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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…