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  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2


    Brad Bird tropes are in full force: Superb actions sequences that make sublime use of the animation art, reliance on physical humour, obsessions with high-technology as both wish fulfilment and dangerous vice, and a liberal political agenda, with the female characters taking centre stage.

    There is very little modulation here; it’s high-adrenaline constantly, with a thousand things happening at once. In the first film, the point was an observation on how life contains both the mundane and the fantastic in…

  • Hereditary



    Artfully made Polanskiesque horror film/family drama that alternates between chilly excavations on the psychological damage parents can have on their children and vague, clumsy notions on the supernatural world that exist solely as an agitating striptease for the audience.

    Like many modern scarefests, it relies far too heavily on non-diegetic music/noises to elicit a response.

    It is, however, anchored by a raw, astonishing performance from Collette as a woman suffering from mental illness.

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  • The General

    The General


    I'm not sure why people scoff at old movies. They are still new to those who have not seen them.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel


    An obituary in serial form with the last instalment missing; snowballing for 100 minutes to a sad and beautiful apogee.


    A piercing aesthetic-laden paean to Stefan Zweig and Ernst Lubitsch; one literate, the other cinematic.

    You choose. Spine tingling.