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  • How to Build a Girl

    How to Build a Girl

    ★★★★½

    This is getting some really diverse reviews and ratings, from poor to average on here (though in the wider world Kermode loved it), but you know what? Fuck it, I enjoyed it. Of course it helps that I am a Caitlin Moran fan. I know that she's problematic, I get that, but for Raised by Wolves alone she gets a pass from me.

    Adapted by Moran from her own novel of the same name (which was, in turn, inspired by…

  • Bloodstone

    Bloodstone

    Just a heads up/plug to say that the first pressing of the new Blu-Ray from Arrow Films of this '80s action adventure is released on 20th July, 2020 with a booklet featuring a new critical essay of the film written by yours truly.

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  • The Crying Game

    The Crying Game

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I've always loved The Crying Game ever since I first saw it on Channel 4 sometime in the 90s. I watched it again only last year, and gave it a glowing 5 star review, but a recent review from Steve G gave me pause. Steve's review focused on what he perceived to be a problematic depiction of trans identity, or rather the phobic reactions towards it. Had my previous revisit last year been through rose tinted glasses? I consider myself…

  • Battle of the Sexes

    Battle of the Sexes

    ★★★½

    See previous review here.

    Number 74 in my 52 Films by Women in 2020 challenge.

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  • I, Daniel Blake

    I, Daniel Blake

    ★★★★★

    St Helens Disability Advice and Welfare Network, St Helens Jobcentre, Ashton-In-Makerfield Jobcentre, Huyton Jobcentre, Apex Charitable Trust, Shaw Trust St Helens, Starting Point St Helens.

    Just some of the places I've worked at that involve helping people into work, getting people 'job ready' or dealing with people's benefit claims.

    Jobseekers allowance, Incapacity benefit, Employment and Support allowance, Carers allowance.

    Just some of the benefits I've claimed since (and between) those jobs.

    I've ran jobclubs, CV making courses and jobmatch programmes,…

  • Peterloo

    Peterloo

    ★★★★★

    I find it amusing that people are trying to suggest that, because he followed Mr Turner up with this, Mike Leigh is currently on a historical trend. If you think that Peterloo is something that belongs to the past, then you're living in cloud cuckoo land.

    The Peterloo Massacre of 16th August, 1819, may have occurred almost two hundred years ago now, but the event itself is still fresh in the memory. Why? Because we've seen it so many times…