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  • Rafiki



    52 films by women 2019: 17/52.

    Or: Every Colour is the Warmest Colour. Wanuri Kahiu's glowing, neon-tinted Kenyan lesbian romance kicks off with a terrific opening credits sequence - a rarity these days - but also has a slightly uncertain set-up. The meet-cute between the two female leads simply involves one of them noticing the other, and the fact that their parents are both rival politicians feels extraneous. It would have worked just as well with two ordinary families concerned…

  • Born Digital: First Cuts

    Born Digital: First Cuts


    A series of short BBC films about life in the digital era. The rating is for the only one I watched - Oliver Endersby's Without Bounds to Beat, an interview with someone who performs the traditional ceremony of bounds-beating that occurs each spring in certain British counties. The interviewee laments that the crowd gets older each year, hypothesising that the younger generation spend too much of their time indoors on their screens to join in with something that gives them…

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  • Pride



    I was going to add a caveat to this review, to say that perhaps it wasn't a 4.5 film, but if you're queer, or if you're from one of those towns - you know, the ones with shops that you've never seen without the shutters down, the ones whose people are said to be "workshy" by people on TV despite the fact that some of the older residents still have scars on their head that they got from literally, physically…

  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

    Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit


    Too often, when we wonder who the Greatest Living Englishman is, we forget that Nick Park asked Dreamworks for thirty million dollars to make an internationally-released feature-length film about marrow-growing contests in Lancashire and they said yes.