20 // i love cinema
Russian Doll 2001
Russian Doll Series II
“Why don’t we sit crooked, and then talk straight?”
It would be difficult to explain my relationship with the death of my father without trains. He died the year before last, and it was like being hit by one.
It profoundly shocked me to see how trains were used in series two of Russian Doll - as a vessel for meeting the dead and chain-smoking with old demons – when the only time my dead dad…
The Eyes of Tammy Faye 2021
"It's not a drag to be saved. It's not a boring thing. That's religion. See, you got them mixed up. Religion is boring and dull, but Jesus is life."
The Eyes of Tammy Faye is not a film for the faint-hearted. It’s a big, bouncy biopic that follows a married couple of all-American evangelist Christians called Tammy Faye (Jessica Chastain) and Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield) as they ascend into the lucrative world of televangelism, spectacularly fall from grace, and find…
When I was five years old, having tea and lemonade on the hill near my house, a glider plane came ten feet from hitting me - it had fallen off course, and was trying to land. The wind funneling under its body was so great, and the sound so enormous that the scream my mother made still haunts me, twelve years later. This film is that feeling, personified. Children caught in the glare of something insurmountable, unrecognizable. Something that chills…
Miss Americana 2020
“The whole school is rolling fake dice / You play stupid games, you win stupid prizes.”
As somebody known among my friends as the “indie” girl: the girl who thinks listening to The Smiths is some kind of accomplishment, and reading Sylvia Plath deserves a reward, Taylor Swift seems like a difficult person to slot into my persona, despite her being my favourite musician for the last six years. To the audience of the uncomprehending, she’s the girl who’s dated…