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  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

    ★★★★½

    Third time's the charm with this one. I've always liked The Babadook, but tonight I loved it. I'm sure it hits differently with parents, but as a proud non-parent, it really struck me as a brilliantly-made comedy about the horror of parenting.

    I often see people eulogise Edgar Wright as some genius of comedy filmmaking, which isn't unfair, though he's clearly derivative, and a lot of directors copy his style. But I hadn't realised before how much Jennifer Kent takes…

  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★

    An agreeably spiky comedy-drama about student - and secret sex worker - Danielle, who reluctantly tags along with her parents to attend the wake of a distant relative, only to find her favourite client there with the wife and baby she didn't know he had. On top of that, Danielle's hot-and-cold ex-girlfriend is also present, while all the mothers, aunts, grandmothers and family friends at the wake gossip and peck at Danielle from beginning to end, badgering her over her…

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  • City of the Living Dead

    City of the Living Dead

    ★★★★

    Extract from HAMLET by William Shakespeare:

    FIRST GRAVEDIGGER
    Is she to be buried in Christian burial that
    wilfully seeks her own salvation?

    SECOND GRAVEDIGGER
    I tell thee she is: and therefore make her grave
    straight: the crowner hath sat on her, and finds it
    Christian burial.

    FIRST GRAVEDIGGER
    How can that be, unless she drowned herself in her
    own defence?

    SECOND GRAVEDIGGER
    It must be "se offendendo"; it cannot be else. For
    here lies the point: if I drown myself…

  • Brain Damage

    Brain Damage

    ★★★★½

    For my money, this movie has the greatest ever ratio of atmosphere per dollar of budget. I would say that its $900,000 bought about 15 atmospheres, which is 1.69 pascals per dollar.

    To put this in perspective, something like The Neon Demon is admittedly even more atmospheric than Brain Damage - it has maybe 40 atmospheres. But on a budget of $7 million, that's only 0.579 pascals per dollar. (There are 101,325 pascals in 1 atmosphere, and that's yer actual…