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  • Collateral Beauty

    Collateral Beauty

    ½

    "In that moment I didn't feel love.... I Became Love." (!)

    Oh my god, you guys? This is not a drill.

    It's worse than Gigli.

    Worse than Crossroads.

    Worse than - and I do not say this lightly! - worse than Love, Actually.

    Someone has finally gone and done it. A group of people, in fact - Oscar-winners half of them.

    They've banded together to create - indeed, to excrete:

    The Single Worst Film Ever Made.

  • Women in Love

    Women in Love

    ★½

    Films like this are the reason it took so long for cinema to be taken seriously as an artform.

    It takes the name of 'D.H. Lawrence' and the patina of prestige but none of the meaning, reflection or searching. It all comes across as hollow wank not only to people who have read Lawrence's book but who have read a book at all, at any point in life.

    It's embarrassing to watch. The actors brood and faff around, posture and…

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  • The Marriage of Maria Braun

    The Marriage of Maria Braun

    ★★★★★

    My third viewing. I liked it plenty after both the first and the second. But it is only this third time around that it managed to properly seep under my skin and move me more intensely than any other Fassbinder film - even the more baldly tragic (and nearly as sublime) Fox and His Friends.

    And it's funny that, while this was unquestionably Fassbinder's greatest popular success, it never seems to have been considered his defining masterpiece, which I would…

  • Signs of Life

    Signs of Life

    ★★★★½

    Herzog's evocative debut was briefly a staple of all-time-top-10 lists but now seems to have pretty thoroughly evaporated from cultural memory. Which is a little bit of a travesty.

    Not only is it fascinating for being Herzog's first film but - in its focus on a man's descent into madness putting an innocent but dazed community in grave danger, with eccentric asides and the natural environment as key to the protagonist's internal processes - it sets the context for all…