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Favorite films

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • All That Heaven Allows
  • Gregory's Girl
  • My Beautiful Laundrette

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  • Orlando

    ★★★★½

  • American Nightmare

  • Bottoms

    ★★★

  • All of Us Strangers

    ★★★★

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  • The World, the Flesh and the Devil

    The World, the Flesh and the Devil

    ★★★★★

    Harry Belafonte's Ralph Burton is trapped down a mine, but no one comes to save him. When he's struggled to find a way out, he finds the world empty. No one around, cars deserted with the doors wide open, no radio. In the most endearing case of exposition I've ever witnessed, he finds a newspaper with a stark headline: the world is ending. Glad they got that final edition in.

    From an abandoned town in Pennsylvania, Ralph makes his way…

  • We Think the World of You

    We Think the World of You

    ★★★½

    Affecting, understated drama about middle-aged Frank, twentysomething Johnny, and an Alsatian. Frank is called one day by Johnny's pregnant wife to say Johnny is in prison after being caught breaking into a house.

    Frank visits Johnny in a holding cell, where it becomes clear they were once romantically involved. Johnny tearfully begs Frank to take care of his beloved dog, Evie, but Frank worries about the care dogs require, making it clear he is not able to care for Evie…

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  • All of Us Strangers

    All of Us Strangers

    ★★★★

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

    My washing machine broke down on Sunday, causing water damage in the apartment below mine, and I've been feeling the aftermath of the breakdown I had while I sat sifting out floodwater one Duralex espresso glass at a time, wondering if this was going to be my life, dealing with all this shit on my own, all week. A bit dramatic, yes, but also just really bad timing to watch this film, hahaeurgh.

    Andrew Haigh just dangled every single worst…

  • Murder in Boston: Roots, Rampage & Reckoning

    Murder in Boston: Roots, Rampage & Reckoning

    Terribly titled, but surprisingly sturdy doc about a 1989 murder in Boston with the first episode especially giving an in-depth overview of the history of racism in Boston and the way this played into the case.

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  • Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted

    ★★★★

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

    It's rare for me to revisit a film and bump up its rating. I watched this film many, many times as a teenager because I loved Winona, had it on VHS, and related to the film in some ways. Also, just really loved the songs and look of the film.

    Only now do I realise how special a film it really was.

    Just as I mentioned in my review for How Stella Got Her Groove Back, the release of Girl,…

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    The Shop Around the Corner

    ★★★★

    They don't make 'em like Jimmy Stewart anymore, do they?