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  • Jackie

    Jackie

    ★★★½

    I watched this film almost three weeks ago and I've kept from reviewing this until now because I couldn't really deal with how ambivalent this film left me, and I feel let down by my ineloquence because this film, and the conflict it caused in me, are worth analysing.

    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…

  • Trance

    Trance

    ★★★★½

    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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  • Fyre

    Fyre

    ★★★

    I'm not even exaggerating that much when I say this shows the absolute worst of modern society. All this for Blink 182 and models sticking out their chests and making fuck-me eyes? The fact that the Bahamian workers are still waiting for their money just shows what scum these people are: if these people just donated 20% of what they made by posting an orange tile, Maryann would have her money in no time.

  • Vox Lux

    Vox Lux

    ★★★★★

    A lot of thoughts still to unpick, but what a film. The first one I've seen to show the lasting impact of an act of terrorism. So many films and television series are eager to focus on the moment of the shooting, fade to black at the correct time (both in supposed "taste" and in convenience of ending a narrative before it gets too difficult and emotions become unpalatable), when that's the moment so many lives are forever changed, and…

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  • War Horse

    War Horse

    ★★

    What a shitfest. I would probably have liked this film better if it had been about a cat. Or, hell, even about that goose that walks around on the farm at the beginning of this film. That was a great goose.

    For a film called 'War Horse', it takes a long time for the 'war'-element to enter, so for the first 50 minutes, it's mainly 'horse' - and I happened to skip the horse part in my coming of age.…

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    ★★★

    Do you judge the film, or the book? I tried to judge the film on its own merit, but kind of failed. I suppose the good news is, the film is better than the book.

    I'm not going to lie, I looked forward to seeing this - how often do you see a book by a woman about a woman, adapted for the screen by a woman, and then directed by a woman. When the director is Sam Taylor-Johnson, I'm…