• Mothering Sunday

    Mothering Sunday

    ★★★★★

    < is that really the poster? Cripes that's awful.

    A contemplative, rich film that does everything perfectly, right down to Odessa Young having historically appropriate body hair (for once; most period dramas show a lot of shaven legs and shaven armpits.) The music. The spectacular performances, the absorbing mood of it. Really benefits from being seen on a big screen. I haven't read the book but this movie goes in deep on the multiple layers of grief and bereavement; society's deep wound after the first world war, and how the pain was never properly discussed let alone confronted or dealt with.

  • The Forger

    The Forger

    ★★★★½

    An astonishingly tense film about people in indescribable circumstances.

  • My Life as a Zucchini

    My Life as a Zucchini

    ★★★

    Not bad, but I watched the English dub because that was all that was available on Kanopy, and I feel like I would have preferred the French audio. Apart from anything else there's a...joke about his name that doesn't quite work in translation (unless it's not a joke, I was just struggling to work out why "zucchini/courgette" was his nickname, and whether it was based off his legal name). But if you're looking for something quick to watch that's still engaging and moving, this really isn't a bad evening. The humans look pretty grotesque in this but I liked the cars and the birds!

  • Maigret

    Maigret

    ★★½

    I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more if it'd been lit. Like, as in if they'd actually turned a light on when filming this. It was about as bright as watching an ASMR video with a colour temperature eye strain programme turned on on your computer, and the results were similarly soporific.

  • Downton Abbey: A New Era

    Downton Abbey: A New Era

    ★★½

    All of the stars are awarded solely for Thomas getting to date Dominic West and getting the fuck out of Downton forever.

  • A Matter of Life and Death

    A Matter of Life and Death

    ★★★

    That has to be the least convincing love story I've ever seen, and that's coming from me, someone about to marry someone I met on Twitter.

  • Loving Vincent

    Loving Vincent

    ★★★½

    This film looks undeniably incredible, but the story itself is a little thin. Watching it feels a bit like you're playing a video game. Definitely an achievement, but not in terms of narrative. This is Douglas Booth's best role but that might be because he was literally a painting. At least half a star docked for the extremely predictable and mediocre choice to end this film with the Don McLean song - really!?

  • Playing Beatie Bow

    Playing Beatie Bow

    ★★★½

    Wow. What a bizarre, fascinating film. I've read the Ruth Park book but I'm not that used to seeing books from my childhood being made into films; aside from the obvious wizardy series and the odd Roald Dahl book, I read tonnes and tonnes of books that were never adapted, or if they were, I never saw them.
    UNTIL NOW.
    First things first; I absolutely love a time travel/time slip story. The most obvious woman-travelling-back-in-time story at the moment is…

  • Strangers on a Train

    Strangers on a Train

    ★★★★½

    Masterful and gripping, and shot and lit beautifully. I could say that one of the things about filming in black and white is that you have to actually light it properly so that people can see what's going on (obligatory grumble about horrible sludge lighting and things being too fucking dark in so many movies and TV shows these days.) Then again this is Hitchcock we're talking about. I'm sure there were a good deal of sludge black and white…

  • Dancing Queens

    Dancing Queens

    ★★½

    I liked this plot better when it was Victor Victoria

  • Bedrooms and Hallways

    Bedrooms and Hallways

    ★★★★

    This movie is about two things:
    - Everyone is bi and doesn't have the language to express it
    - being a fanfic of itself

    watched in absolute potato quality on Youtube, love the aggro little queer short king Con O'Neill (whom the main character should have just fucked instead of that lame-o Brendan but what do I know)

    Can't get over the sheer, powerful 1990s-ness of it. The Inuit Room. The open framed wire shelves. The blue fridge and matching…

  • Dancin' Thru the Dark

    Dancin' Thru the Dark

    ★★½

    - Conn O'Neill wearing a leather jacket and an earring and singing three bops that get repeated over and over again
    - a man who's homoerotically obsessed with how much he hates him and how he's breaking up his mate's prospective marriage
    - A woman who reminds me extremely strongly of Philomena Cunk
    This movie has it all! Watched in potato quality on Youtube. You can really tell it's based on a play because it has about 1.5 locations.