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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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  • Waco: The Rules of Engagement

    Waco: The Rules of Engagement

    ★★★★

    Apocalyptic viewing, made even worse in combination with CNN tickertape of the Capitol being stormed. Where does the militarisation end?

    This actually does a much better job of telling the story of the siege than the 2018 mini series, because it doesn't skirt around the sexual assault so central to David Koresh and his Branch Davidians. It condemns the sexual assault of minors and other dubious goings-on within the group, but also clearly states the inquiry is about the siege and the reasons behind it.

    This documentary shows in minute detail how government agencies fucked up, but also doesn't glorify Koresh or his organisation.

  • Waco

    Waco

    ★★½

    This could have done a great job at showing how both the FBI and the Branch Davidians could be deemed responsible for the outcome of the siege on Mount Carmel, judging from whose side you're most receptive to. We should never blindly trust authorities' versions of events, and this could have been a great opportunity to show the allure of an organisation or cult like Koresh's.

    Told from both the cult and the FBI's points of view, this series had…

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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…