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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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  • James Acaster: Repertoire

    James Acaster: Repertoire

    ★★★★★

    Remember when Netflix shamed that person for watching 'A Christmas Prince' 30+ times in as many days? I don't want to think about how often I have watched these four specials since they came out. Acaster is a master at cross-references, build-ups and belated pay-offs.

    These specials never lag, and especially after watching them several times, it becomes impossible to remember the chronology of the shows - Acaster returns to pay-offs in later specials or uses them to start off…

  • The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

    The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

    ★★★

    A nice little surprise tucked away on Netflix. I had heard of the miniseries 'Tales of the City' during Channel 4's LGBT season last year, but never realised it was based on such a long-running newspaper serial.

    Not a groundbreaking documentary, but lovingly made and nothing quite brings home how terrifying and helpless the 1980s must have been for LGBT people as first-hand accounts.

    A pleasure to spend some time in the presence of such a gifted storyteller. I will automatically love any film that teaches me a new phrase or word, and "cocktail divorce" is one that simultaneously devastates you and makes you oddly thankful.

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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…