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  • Stan & Ollie

    Stan & Ollie

    ★★★★

    Loving, affectionate, beautifully observed tribute to two of the greatest funnymen who ever lived. If you (like me) are very familiar with their work, there are many deft little tributes embedded in the script, recalling without re-enacting some of their best routines. The script also makes good use of a historical irony - the fact that their real-life wives were not unlike some of their onscreen wives.

    It's a very old-fashioned piece of work, I suppose, but that's as it…

  • Burn After Reading

    Burn After Reading

    ★★★★

    Ten years on from release, this just seems head and shoulders above anything else dealing with the 'deep state'. Everybody has information & nobody knows what's happening. JK Simmons' final line, "Jesus fucking Christ", spoken in deep disgust & confusion, *is* 2018.

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  • Série noire

    Série noire

    ★★★★

    Patrick Dewaere's untimely death is hard to ignore when you're watching this film, about a skinny, hypertense, delusional man who seems to be operating in a world of his own right from the extraordinary opening scene where he acts out an entire Hollywood movie all alone in a desolate outer-Paris car park.

    There's never been a better adaptation of Jim Thompson's novels, because nobody has ever been able to embody the dual nature of Thompson's protagonists - on the one…

  • World of Tomorrow

    World of Tomorrow

    ★★★★★

    A dizzyingly sad, funny, overwhelmingly beautiful short film that manages to contain almost every fear imaginable about what the future of humanity might bring inside a brief fifteen minute running time. I've only watched this once but will be watching it repeatedly, not just to delve into its mysteries but to enjoy the journey. What you'll only get one time, though, is the jaw-dropping horror of the final moments. I shouted at the screen when *the thing* happened. Then the…