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  • Doomsday

    Doomsday

    A polished but cheesy post-apocalyptic action adventure in which our cool and confident orphaned heroine (Rhona Mitra, 'Girl With Joint' in Croupier (1998)), fronts her way through dystopian Scotland, talking in lame James Bond-like quips.

    The sets are like Crystal Maze, with a Mad Max zone, a medieval zone, and so on. The action is like a video game, all about the excitement, no real sense of danger. The antagonists are cartoonish, as well as Scottish. The lighting and the…

  • BPM (Beats per Minute)

    BPM (Beats per Minute)

    Brilliantly made, this movie sucks you into it's world and doesn't let go — we are with the protagonists' journey every step of the way. It's an important story, and the director's passion to get it right really comes across.

    In the first part we're in a lot of meetings of ACT UP, Paris' late 80's AIDS awareness activist group, and the film pulls the clever trick of making you feel like you're watching a documentary, it's so naturalistic. It…

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  • High-Rise

    High-Rise

    ★★★★★

    Another near-masterpiece from Wheatley, perhaps my favourite UK filmmaker working today, and another entry in the subgenre of dystopic tower block fantasies along with Shivers, Dredd, The Raid, and (I guess) The Towering Inferno. It's an inherently dramatic setting: the tower's monstrous size, the claustrophobic spaces within, the vertical structure providing an obvious metaphor for society or the Freudian psyche. In this one, our hero and the architect also explicitly discuss the block as a metaphor for the body -…

  • HyperNormalisation

    HyperNormalisation

    ★★★★

    As any other Adam Curtis movie, this is a vast number of archive clips cut together with enormous artistry and eerily combined with Curtis' voice-over, block titles, and counter-intuitive but exactly appropriate music. Like all his documentaries, it has powerful political points to make, and forces you to see the world in a new light. Some of his claims may be subjective and debatable, but he certainly has a wealth of evidence to back them up. But it's not just…