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  • The Iron Lady

    The Iron Lady

    Mawkish, simplistic, triumphalist, sycophantic, meandering, disjointed, misleading and historically inaccurate.

    I judged The Iron Lady, as much as I was able, on its own merits rather than my personal political views. Wherever you stand on the political spectrum, it's hard to deny that Margaret Thatcher's world was anything less than interesting. For Phyllida Lloyd to have made a dull film about a towering figure of 20th century politics, both in Britain and internationally, is a big achievement. The tragic thing…

  • Dancing in Dulais

    Dancing in Dulais

    ★★★

    Echoing the one other review for this, Dancing in Dulais is less an actual film and more a short documentation of a brief time in British social history that was (until recently, anyway) mostly forgotten. I find it hard to be critical of a film's lack of finesse or technical accomplishment when the person behind the camera seemingly had neither as their goal. It's also interesting to see the real people behind many of Pride's characters creating lasting bonds which…

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  • The Borderlands

    The Borderlands

    ★★★★

    From the hokey poster, reminiscent of a plethora of religion-based horror yarns of the last decade, to the promise of another "found footage" horror film, I couldn't help but raise an eyebrow when I first came across The Borderlands and its many good reviews.

    The plot is agreeable, and the nagging question of "why didn't they stop filming and leave immediately?" that plagues other found footage films like the hounds of hell is given a plausible answer here. What really…

  • High-Rise

    High-Rise

    Ballardian atmosphere + Ben Wheatley are surely the things that celluloid dreams are made of. He's yet to make a film that isn't frighteningly dark, confoundingly experimental or uniquely British (ie. not some clichéd, stuffy nonsense featuring Hugh Grant or Colin Firth). Based on the plot, and simply because of the modernist, lofty environment and 70s-futuristic concept, the first film that came to mind by way of comparison is David Cronenberg's Shivers, although perhaps High-Rise will feature fewer raging nymphomaniacs. Perhaps.