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Posts for February 27, 2022

Withnail & I, 1987 - ★★★★

Long time since I saw this, so all I remembered really were the quotable bits (‘We’ve gone on holiday by accident!’)

The high dinginess and run-down state of Britain as the sixties ran down is skilfully evoked. It’s very male, though. The only female character is the woman in the tearoom who refuses to serve our heroes. If that’s the right word.

It’s not laugh-out-loud funny, but it has aged surprisingly well.

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The Velvet Underground, 2021 - ★★★★

There’s a lot to like here if you’re already a fan — or at least, have some interest. Probably not too much if neither of those apply.

It has interviews with those who are still with us (or who were when it was made). Not just John Cale, Moe Tucker, Doug Yule, but members of Andy Warhol’s Factory crew (the ‘Superstars’), like Mary Woronov and Gerard Malanga.

I’d like to have heard more of the songs, especially the less well-known ones, and seen more footage of them, such as there is. It uses the documentary style that just films people speaking and edits those interviews together. That has a certain power, but I feel it might have helped to have a narrative, a voiceover elaborating on the story.

Recommended, though.

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