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  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★½

    The bitter power struggle between Queen Anne (Great Britain 1707 - 1714), her closest confidant and a new ambitious arrival at court. This is the polar opposite of safe and cozy period dramas, the performances are raw, the characters are outrageous and it's shot like only Yorgos Lanthimos could. However, it's reminiscent in style, subject and attitude to Peter Greenaway's superb 1982 film 'The Draughtsman's Contract' (set about 15 years before) which I watched a couple of months ago, so if you liked this film then I'd suggest going back and checking that one out afterwards. 'The Favourite' deserves all the awards it will surely win.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★

    Deliriously inventive story telling in an eye-popping and original animation style (influenced by the texture and printing style of comic books) is a winning combination. The characters are defined strongly enough that they can easily withstand oodles of convoluted parallel-universe shenanigans. My minimal familiarity with the Spider-Man franchise allowed me to keep up but anybody making this their first foray in the Spidey world would be totally lost because this film precedes from the assumption that you know the setup…

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  • The Eyes of Orson Welles

    The Eyes of Orson Welles

    ★★★★

    If you are familiar with the work of film-critic and Documentarian Mark Cousins' and his all encompassing 15-hour 'The Story of Film: An Odyssey' project, you'll know what to expect stylistically. Deliberately eschewing a traditional film biopic and instead exploring boxes of Welles' drawings/paintings and finding symmetrys with his films, life, loves, preoccupations and political principles. The trademark poetic musings of Cousins' voiceover are in the curious form an earnest fan letter to Welles, even going so far as having a creditable Orson mimic voice an imagined reply. Very different and thought provoking.

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I've seen and enjoyed 'Sunset Blvd.' several times but this was the first time I've watched it since I've been exploring the films that led up to it. This allowed me to understand it not as another movie from my past but almost as a contemporary film, made by a 40-year-old Hollywood looking back it's own painful gestation with love and regret. Having begun to enjoy the work of tragic dead silent film-stars like John Gilbert, Douglas Fairbanks and Rudolph…