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

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  • Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    ★★★½

  • Shoplifters of the World

    ★½

  • A Very British Scandal

    ★★★

  • Don't Look Up

    ★½

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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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  • Shoplifters of the World

    Shoplifters of the World

    ★½

    This is the cinematic equivalent of Smiths lyrics bingo, and while it's fun to spot little nods to The Smiths and their influences (some blatant, some more hidden, like The Ritz nightclub in a Smiths font, I'm assuming named after where they played their first gig), the film on a whole is just insufferable, making "Liking The Smiths" an identity that stands in place of actual personality or character. The Smiths lyrics mentioned almost have a pause built into them…

  • A Very British Scandal

    A Very British Scandal

    ★★★

    I watched EastEnders religiously for about 10 years (starting at the Millennium Wedding on 31 December 1999!) and I remember Sarah Phelps writing some of the absolute best episodes. Phelps has been a bit of a legend in my book ever since.

    British telly seems intent on releasing a drama on the salacious upper classes between Christmas and New Year these days, and this doesn't feel that earth-shattering. Sturdy performances, detailed period design - it makes for an enjoyable watch…

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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…