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  • Fitzcarraldo

    Fitzcarraldo

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The key to Herzog's career actually lies in one of his least interesting movies, 1969's The Flying Doctors of East Africa, whose opening credits prime you for its didactic qualities by promising "A Report By Werner Herzog". This atypically straight documentary about medical aid workers in Kenya, Nairobi and Tanzania includes one scene that sets the thematic agenda for so many of his later works. Working in remote tribal regions, the doctors find themselves unable to use educational posters of…

  • The Boy Who Turned Yellow

    The Boy Who Turned Yellow

    ★★★

    Obviously no-one's going to mistake this for Powell and Pressburger gold, but this innocent fantasy - written by Emeric, directed by Michael - feels like a more appropriate swan-song for Powell than the straining-to-be-hip Age of Consent. (Weeks later, and the treatment of abstract painting in that movie still irks me) The scene where the boy turns yellow - I know, I know, spoiler warning - is a little masterclass in low-budget costume and set design.

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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…

  • 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.