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  • Doctor Who: Robot

    Doctor Who: Robot

    ★★★★

    I think Tom Baker's performance is so central to the Who story because a) its literally the centre of the original run, and b) his era has its own aesthetic, but also straddles Pertwee and Davison's runs - his first and later stories have the flavour of the runs before and after in a way, off the top of my head, none of the others too. It's a definitive break, with a very new take on the Doctor, but the…

  • Bloodshot

    Bloodshot

    This film makes sense if you remember it is canonically just dom’s cheese dream. He read some comics and had a nap between F8 and whatever F9 turns out to be.

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  • Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★★★★

    Viewing #4 of my favourite film of the year so far down, this time in IMAX. It makes a difference on the motorball stuff, those sequences are even better here, with that aspect ratio shift.

    I'll keep it short this time but one thing I really like about Alita's script - which seems to be the main target of criticism - is that it has the confidence not to undercut itself with, like, endless quips. It feels expansive and sincere…

  • Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★★★★

    Appropriately enough for a film about a human brain transported into a super-sophisticated robot body it can barely make sense of, Alita: Battle Angel is just an incredibly 90s script wired into a totally cutting-edge production, something only really $200 million in 2018 could've delivered.

    I really mean this: the production design here - everything about how it looks and feels - is totally bonkers, absolutely breath-taking. There's a lot here that is strange or frustrating. I also adored every…