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  • Ocean's Eight

    Ocean's Eight

    At the time of writing, the film has been financially successful, so the inevitable question arises: should we be girding our loins for the sequel? Were it to happen, the makers would surely have to start from scratch with these characters, as we’re given so little reason to want to hang out with them again or, indeed, to bask in their success. Soderbergh is an avowed devotee to ’60s crime movies, and you get the strong impression that he ingested…

  • Tranny Fag

    Tranny Fag

    ★★★

    Claudia Priscilla and Kika Goifman’s impressionistic film offers a loose biography of Linn, splicing together her energetic performances with footage of her chatting to friends and a few snatches of archive in which she undergoes treatment for testicular cancer in the most glamorous way imaginable. Identity, abuse and widespread transphobia are hot topics of conversation, and there’s a lot of deep discussion about how a person can have an almost sexual relationship with their own body. Linn doesn’t really talk…

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  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★★★★

    Lighting the touchpaper on this year's Venice competition with maniacal aplomb, Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (to give the film its full title) is a wickedly subversive, riotously funny intertextual psycho-odyssey that doesn't so much play fast-and-loose with cinematic convention as spit directly into its face.

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  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

    Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

    Rather than a proper review, we've posted a list of 20 things that aren't quite as bad as PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2:

    1. Twin hangnails.

    2. Biting into a piece of fruit you discover to be rotten, then realise you’re too hungry to care so swallow the spoiled produce. This causes a work absence of four days.

    3. When you’re grating cheese, you look away from the serrated edge when you think you’ve got a grove going, and then you slice off the top of your thumb at the joint.

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