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  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

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

    Wow. Brilliant. A satire of capitalist exploitation that really delivered on my high expectations. Set in a parallel or near-future America, it's light but hard-hitting, funny, a blast to watch, brilliantly inventive, full of surprises. Visually it's colourful and playful, highly-designed, with many carefully-arranged, graphic compositions, aurally it's equally good with an energetic and varied soundtrack by Riley's group The Coup.

    The catch-phrase "Sorry to bother you" is often heard in Sorry to Bother You, most often in the telephone…

  • Pauline Enslaved

    Pauline Enslaved

    Easily the best in this program of shorts — very funny.

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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…