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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★½

    Hilarious, visually inventive animated feature that breaks from the norm of current big-budget American animated fare, both stylistically – in the decision to do much of the animation on 2’s – and thematically – with much of the humour and given circumstances being aimed more at adults.

    The former prevails more than the latter, with the plot getting far too bogged down in comic book church-service (including a weak villain) so that any emotional connection either falls flat or is nonexistent.

    It’s all very hip, but it’s essentially delicious empty calories.


    thecinematouch.blogspot.com/2018/12/crisp-criticism-favourite-blindspotting.html

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★½

    A cool and fairly ostentatious dissection of sexual dynamics and historical rumour, punctuated by Lanthimos’ typical deadpan drollery.

    It’s held together by an exceptional ensemble of players (Hoult has been soooo underrated) rather than its script, which regrettably mistakes acidity for wit.


    thecinematouch.blogspot.com/2018/12/crisp-criticism-favourite-blindspotting.html

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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

    ★★★★½

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

    and/or

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

    You choose. Spine tingling.