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My favourites are four first-time watches I loved in September 2020.

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  • Relic

    Relic

    Wasn’t truly into this until the last twenty minutes, where it suddenly roared into life and ended up fully owning its ghoulish, yet deeply affecting, central metaphor. Obviously it’s not ideal to have to wade through an hour of repetitive ‘bumps in the night’ before the movie gets where it’s going - and visually it’s so dark large swathes played more like an audio drama - but the finale really does feel worth the wait.

  • The Wolf of Snow Hollow

    The Wolf of Snow Hollow

    Traverses much of the same emotional ground as Thunder Road, but in a more scatty, less satisfying way. It has its moments, but overall I was disappointed.

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  • Roll Red Roll

    Roll Red Roll

    If you’re looking to get angry - and I mean blood-boilingly, ear-steamingly furious - then I’ve got just the documentary for you...

  • Vice

    Vice

    I hate this kind of filmmaking. Smug, condescending, didactic nonsense - Adam McKay has no faith in our intelligence and so everything he wants to says is capitalised, italicised, and underlined twelve times with a big, fat marker. I’ve not seen anything this decade so nakedly contemptuous of its audience as this film’s post-credits scene. 

    And everything he wants to say? It’s been said before. So many times. The level of arrogance it takes to present such old information as…