Favorite films

  • A Room with a View
  • Strictly Ballroom
  • Paddington
  • In the Cut

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  • Alice

  • My Old School

  • Brian and Charles

  • Leonor Will Never Die

    ★★★★½

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  • Paddington

    Paddington

    ★★★★★

    It’s the eleventy billionth viewing in our house, and the comic detail and silly sight gags in this lovely tale of immigrant acceptance keep on delighting. The back half of the taxidermied animals in Nicole Kidman’s lab. “The English have 107 different ways to talk about rain.” Mrs Bird’s knees. The tea train. “My heart, she took a little longer to arrive” - a perfect line about homesickness. The beige car: “It’s a karma-neutral colour.” 

    Also, I want Sally Hawkins’ wardrobe.

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  • Alice

    Alice

    I like how contained this is, and have a lot of love for it as a debut, in all of its “this is a debut” ways. Hopefully Krystin (and Keke) get to make even more noise on the next one.

    Please let Common be driving every truck whenever a badass woman needs picking up on the highway?

  • Piggy

    Piggy

    ★★★

    I could look at Laura Galán all day long. Call me when she gets to kick ass and get ass a film that is not explicitly about her size.

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  • The Lost Daughter

    The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★★

    The sweeping, underlying love for mothers and the art of mothering that holds this story up, my gosh. All the reviews that quip “Yep never having kids” or “Motherhood’s not for everyone” miss so many points. This film and Elena’s story are about how the odds are stacked against women whether they want to be brilliant at home or at work or both and all the rest. We can’t have it all, all at the same time. We are no more psychically…

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★½

    The thing about the artform of movies is that it is only this distinct combination of visuals, lighting, sound, art design, performance, editing and narrative flow that can make something as straightforward as a single shot of a key turning slowly in a lock so goddamned full of sex, suspense, fear, envy, isolation, longing, exclusion and excitement, and that once that door is locked, the people on either side of it are forever changed. 

    Oh there’s more, so much more.