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  • Possum

    Possum

    ★★★★

    Garth Marenghi’s Dark Headspace

    It’s genuinely hard to recall the last time I saw anything like Possum.

    A film about a haunted, lonely puppeteer that plays like the mutated version of a 1970s school safety film and a Freudian version of Threads. It’s unforgettably bleak, apocalyptic and bizarrely, queasily personal.

    What really impresses here, other than how an 80 minute film can evoke such heavy, existential darkness, is just how singular and controlled the film is, a huge credit to director…

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★★½

    Here to further confuse the Marvel timeline, it’s...

    The MCU’s first female-led film had a lot riding on it. Typical of the studios confidence, they just calmly asked audiences to hold their proverbial beer for what is another incredibly enjoyable origin with a new(ish) cosmic flavour.

    Rather boldly starting off-world and weaving timelines almost from the off, it’s a film that takes a little while to settle and isn’t afraid to have a protagonist not play directly into audiences expectations…

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  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★

    The Melancholy Deaths of Oyster Cowfolk

    A Coen brothers western anthology on paper sounds utterly fantastic and this bleakly comic oddball selection doesn’t disappoint for a second. 

    Stuffed full of Coenesque curiousities and asides, vividly sketched supporting players and a hilariously matter-of-fact attitude towards mortality, this has more than a hint of an old-timey Twilight Zone as each tale winds its way to a moral conundrum or fatalistic stinger.

    Knowing that Joel & Ethan probably have a wealth of unproduced short…

  • The Untouchables

    The Untouchables

    ★★★★½

    Once Upon a Time in Chicago

    Great to see that De Palma’s spaghetti-western-in-a-trench-coat hasn’t lost much of its sheen over the years.

    A classical and classy film in more ways than one. Even after easing us in with multiple long takes and moving master shots, De Palma can’t resist pulling out all the stops with his use of split diopters, long lenses and crazy zooms to the extent that even smaller moments have the ability to become miniature set pieces.…