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current faves = best first watches of 2021

Favorite films

  • Comrades
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  • Tommy
  • Zardoz

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  • Alice

    ★★★

  • The Killers

    ★★★½

  • The V.I.P.s

    ★★★

  • Laburnum Grove

    ★★★

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  • A Matter of Life and Death

    A Matter of Life and Death

    ★★★★★

    I love you, June. You're life and I'm leaving you.

    To start with the universe, then give you just two people. To make you love them, make them love each other, and make one of them leave life and love behind, in just ten minutes, just one scene.

    I love looking at the village from here, it looks so different... You see it all clearly and at once, as in a poet's eye.

    A production line of wings. The bleached…

  • The Servant

    The Servant

    ★★★★★

    (I wanted to catch this again before it leaves cinemas.)

    Thinking this time about the convex mirror (known as both a butler's mirror and witch eye mirror) that Losey shoots so many key moments through. Acts displayed backwards, the fairground distortion of image. It's transformative effect as it shows the relationships between master, servant, their fiancées, and their battle within the stultifying space of the house.

    How, through obscure angles, Losey's mirror reveals hidden assignations, lending a voyeuristic thrill –…

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  • The V.I.P.s

    The V.I.P.s

    ★★★

    The words you've been using: 'need' and 'love'.

    He's incapable of love.

    He's need. I love.

    Mad how it's an ensemble drama that only stars Liz Taylor, Richard Burton and Maggie Smith.

  • Out of Season

    Out of Season

    ★½

    Vanessa has the most amazing 70s bob in this, it's like she's wearing a ladies Russian hat. Fun to see her dance, and her performance is quite moving when it's allowed to breathe.

    The rest is so grungy brown and boring – I particularly hated her badly written, nympho-stropping daughter and her unerotic thriller plotline with its grimy inevitable twist. Also, it would have made far more sense if the man driving them both wild was Oliver Reed as originally intended; you can't just cast any man with a broad face and moustache and call it a sex competition.

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  • Howards End

    Howards End

    ★★★★

    I've been thinking of you and of our meadow.

    So it turns out I fully didn't realise this was a different film to The Remains of the Day and as such have never seen it before – something I instantly regretted when it opened on Vanessa Redgrave wandering around a beautiful garden, enchanting and slightly off. She's absolutely luminous here, as is Emma Thompson; I've decided their characters were love, and it's Forster, so I'm right.

    It's such a richly…

  • The Lost Daughter

    The Lost Daughter

    ★★★½

    What did it feel like without them?

    It felt amazing. It felt like I've been trying not to explode and then I exploded.

    Everyone in this is so beautiful and charismatic and unlikeable and opaque.