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  • The Adventures of Prince Achmed

    The Adventures of Prince Achmed

    Beautiful film, beautifully restored. The earliest surviving animated feature, they say. It's animated using shadow puppets, with lots of gorgeous intricate detail, and there's some cool special light effects, usually when there's sorcery going on. And there's plenty of magic, with sorcerers, witches, demons, spirits, magic lamps, all that. Fabulously pleasing on the eye.

    Today the visuals were matched by live music by Chris Davies, who provided tunes, singing, and awesome sound effects. It was quite a show.

  • It's Only the End of the World

    It's Only the End of the World

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

    The subject matter—family relationships, and the one who left—isn't that interesting to me, personally, but it certainly is to Dolan. And everything else in the film is amazing. It's so well done, super-stylishly filmed, always interesting and imaginative, awesome sound design. It's even funny, which I didn't expect from reading the précis. There's lots of really tight close-up, quirky editing, things go in and out of focus on the picture and on the sound, creating a hallucinatory intensity. Good use…

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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…