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  • Blinded by the Light

    Blinded by the Light

    ★★★★

    There are probably less cinematic settings than Luton in 1987, but the list wouldn't be a long one. Based on the memoir of journalist Sarfraz Mansoor, this poptastic slice of British uplift springs from a time and place that could barely be more grim. An infamously bleak town, too far from London to share its benefits, but not far enough away to grow its own identity, during a Thatcherite recession that poured fuel on ever-present racial tensions.

    Javed (Viveik Kalra),…

  • My Friend the Polish Girl

    My Friend the Polish Girl

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

    The only way you'll get any value out of this is to watch it knowing absolutely nothing, so exit now if you insist on seeing it. Going in blind will at least leave something for your mind to work on, although that will be a short-lived pleasure and won't make you feel any better by the time the ending - the real one - mercifully arrives. I went to see the film after checking out the premise, which I thought…

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  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★

    This is still great, a super smart film and SO 1999. Also, seeing the new restoration on the big screen, it looked so much sharper than on previous viewings on DVD, doing justice to the amazing SFX in particular. That kick-ass soundtrack never sounded better either. However, and this may be heresy, on rewatching I reckon the last act becomes slightly wearisome in it's overload of crazy action, martial arts and stunts, however brilliantly executed. It just doesn't quite gel…

  • Bad Reputation

    Bad Reputation

    ★★★½

    Review originally published on the My Film Club app

    Seen at BFI London Film Festival 2018

    Late in Bad Reputation, we see Joan Jett receiving her admission to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. The biggest question that strikes you about it is how on earth it took so long, but then you could level the same question at the film itself. How has it taken until 2018 for Jett to be honoured with a feature documentary?…