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  • Jackie

    Jackie

    ★★★½

    I adore that poster, how her autograph, this carefully-composed branded extension of self, wraps around her like a harness. I think that poster is the perfect extension of what this film tries to express, but not quite manages.

    The Kennedys, as I've said time and time again, are endlessly fascinating to me. Perhaps it's a bit like saying you like the Beatles - I don't like Kennedy politically per se (I think he's credited with a lot of things because…

  • The Fan

    The Fan

    ★★★★½

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

    Oh, Germany.

    One of the most moving parts about the Channel 4 'Don't Call Me Crazy'-documentary series on a teenage psychiatric ward in Manchester, was a night nurse who said that being a teenager was a kind of madness of itself, and that it could only get worse if you added in some underlying mental problems. This film more than proves that teenage hormones are worse than the devil.

    I stumbled upon this film while compiling my list of groupies…

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  • The Social Dilemma

    The Social Dilemma

    ★★

    This documentary feels so behind the times. The topics raised - the way the internet/social media dominates our lives, leads to burnout, negatively impacts self-esteem and how fake news can influence global politics unchecked - are ones that have been dominating mainstream media since the 2016 U.S. election. It's now 2020 and we get a bunch of high and mighty, white Silicon Valley dudes circle-jerking about how bad they feel?

    I'm sure this serves a purpose, but this feels so…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★

    Last film I saw in the cinema pre-lockdown. Didn't get around to logging it with all the madness going on and now... now I just feel like a shit for giving it an 'it was okay' rating.

    Do I rate this for the cinematic importance, or for my own enjoyment? Watching it was a bit like an out-of-body experience - I could totally see the relevance of this film, loved the performances by Boseman, N'yongo, Jordan and the rest of…

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  • Tall Girl

    Tall Girl

    ★★★

    This is getting massively shat upon on Letterboxd, but I loved this. I grew up tall - had to undress yearly in front of "growth doctors" to make sure I didn't grow uncomfortably tall - was always in the same spot in school photos, next to the teacher - was always sat in the back in class because I needed a bigger desk - have worn European size 44 shoes since age 12 - have never learned to walk in…

  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    ★★★★½

    So, I waited years (literally) to see this film, and now I've been staring at this box for... a little-less-long to figure out what I want to say about it.

    Obviously, with it being based on one of my all-time favourite films 'All That Heaven Allows', thematically this was going to be a hit with me no matter what, but I love what Fassbinder added to the story himself. It's incredibly disheartening that the attitudes Emmi's friends hold are still…