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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther


    I loved everything about this: the performances, the story, the Afro-futurist aesthetic, the believable and fully-rounded villain, the costumes, the music... I could go on. I think this has to be my favourite film from the Marvel universe (with Thor Ragnarok coming a close second).

    I could pick out so many brilliant things from this film, but I must single out how superb the trio of women surrounding T'Challa were. Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and Shuri (Letitia Wright) were utterly brilliant and fully rounded characters.

  • Interstellar



    This is a stunning film, both visually and in its scope. Tonally, it reminded me a bit of 2001, and I suspect that it might become a future classic like that film. All the actors do a great job, and there are some deeply affecting moments that stick in your mind.

    Sure, it drags a little bit at the start. Yes, there are one or two dodgy plot points. But for me, that didn't decrease my enjoyment of the film and my engagement with it.

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  • The Secret of Kells

    The Secret of Kells


    Along with Grave of the Fireflies, I think this has to be the most beautiful animated film I've seen. I was entranced and stunned by the sheer style of it the whole way through. The story is based around the creation of the Book of Kells - an illuminated Gospel produced around 800 AD, but weaves in elements of Celtic mythology. The hero - a young monk called Brendan - lives in the monastery of Kells, where his Uncle is…

  • Venus



    A blackly-comic film centred around three elderly actors, and the infatuation that Maurice (played by Peter O'Toole) develops for a young woman.

    It's such a treat to see a film focussing on older characters, and with such incredible actors, it becomes a privilege. For example, there are some wonderful scenes in which O'Toole, Leslie Phillips and Richard Griffiths sit in a cafe and chat. It's touching, funny, at times gloriously foul-mouthed, and I could watch an entire film in which…