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Favorite films

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

Recent activity

  • Checkin' It Twice


  • Deliver by Christmas


  • Salesman

  • Richland

Pinned reviews

  • 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


    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…

Recent reviews

  • Checkin' It Twice

    Checkin' It Twice


    2023 will always be known as the year that I, a Dutch person with no interest in sports, got lured in by NHL hockey fandom. I'm still vague on the rules, but I know enough that the chances of a 32-year-old rookie (played by a 38-year-old) being called up to start in an NHL game are pretty fucking slim, but I applaud this film for giving hockey the same treatment they do royalty and international affairs, i.e. leaving realism firmly…

  • Deliver by Christmas

    Deliver by Christmas


    Feeling like an elderly Millennial for recognising the male lead as the boyfriend of Susan May Pratt's character in the s-e-m-i-n-a-l 2000 ballet film Center Stage.

    Within the limitations of the Hallmark Christmas genre this was actually pretty decent. Some Shop Around the Corner/You've Got Mail vibes and something resembling chemistry between the leads.

Popular reviews

  • Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted


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

    It's rare for me to revisit a film and actually bump up its rating. I watched this film many, many times as a teenager because I loved Winona, had it on VHS, and I 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…

  • 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…