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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    OK I thought if I went to IMAX I'd see an actual projection from a 70mm film but maybe I misunderstood. The version I just saw was clearly digital, and on a screen that size I could see the pixels. I much preferred the 35mm version.

    I don't have much to add about the film that I didn't say previously, except that it's still expertly crafted, the tension is maintained brilliantly through all the cross-cutting, and I was even more…

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

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

    Not, as the title lead me to believe, a wild west movie of gunslingers and shootouts. Rather a movie about unbridled capitalism in the wild west of the early 20th Century in the company of Day-Lewis's entrepreneur Daniel Plainview, and it turns out that mining and drilling and making the deals to secure the rights to the oil is just as exciting and dangerous as gun-fighting, and certainly there is blood spilt. Mainly that of people who get on Plainview's…

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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…