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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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  • Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance

    Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance

    ★★½

    As a result of being based on semi-facts, this film has far better character development than your regular Lifetime/Hallmark-film. That's not saying a whole lot, because Mephgan and Harry are sanctimonious as fuck and everyone's moods swing from one extreme to another. Still, casting was decent and I love how they had to make someone in the inner circle a villain and so they settled on Kate (whom they obviously made a saint out of in the Will & Kate-Lifetime film…

  • Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones

    Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones

    ★★★

    Powers Boothe is scarily good in this mini series. Made less than two years after the Jonestown massacre, this television production doesn't feel as sensationalist as you'd probably expect. It's a subdued affair, which you'd expect given the events you know will be coming, but given overtly tear-jerking dramatisations of modern-day horrors, this feels almost respectful, although I doubt that's how it was received in 1980, probably a sad indication of how desensitised audiences have become, and of how we…

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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…