Favorite films

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • All That Heaven Allows
  • Gregory's Girl
  • Bad Timing

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  • Single All the Way

    ★★½

  • A Castle for Christmas

    ★★

  • House of Gucci

    ★★★

  • The War Room

    ★★★★

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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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  • Single All the Way

    Single All the Way

    ★★½

    As far as Netflix rom coms go, this could be considered ground-breaking as it involves not-outright-terribe characters. Sickly sweet but decent enough, and a definite step up from about 80% of Christmas romance films as Michael Urie and Philemon Chambers are actually believable as two friends who fall in love as they visit Urie's family for the holidays. Unfortunately, the falling in love is more a realisation born out of jealousy over a family-orchestrated set-up with a local than a…

  • A Castle for Christmas

    A Castle for Christmas

    ★★

    Well, as far as Netflix Christmas films aimed at the over-50s go, this is better than the colonialist garbage of last year's Holiday in the Wild, but still very blah. Love Brooke Shields and always will, I absolutely love the inclusion of older characters finding love after the age of 23.

    My main gripe either many romcoms is that most romance novels do a better job of building enough tension to make for a satisfying emotional pay-off, where a first kiss or declaration of love garners a 'finally!', when here it's more of a 'huh, we're here already? Did I miss something?'

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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…