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  • The Death of Stalin

    The Death of Stalin

    I find with Iannucci's oeuvre I can take it or leave it (although I have the highest respect for him), I suspect he probably appeals more to the sort of people (whom I have the highest respect for) who can muster an interest in party politics and the personalities involved. Truly we would have a more democratic society if we could all be like that.

    I am not one of those people, and thus I find myself agnostic about The…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This sequel to Blade Runner (1982) was a long time coming, but it adheres to all the rules of sequels: much more expensively-produced, greatly expanded scope, loads of exotic locations, more high-concept ideas, more convoluted plot, longer, bigger in every way, not as good.

    It makes a good effort in many ways: the themes of the original are referenced and enlarged upon, same with the visuals and music. The protagonist of the sequel is very similar to the protagonist of…

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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…