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  • Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    ★★★½

  • Don't Look Up

    ★★½

  • Crash!

    ★★★★

  • Atomic Blonde

    ★★★½

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  • Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    ★★★½

    Woodstock 99: Peace, Love and Rage

    “This is not a poor man’s festival”

    One of the tough things about being human is realising how selective our memory can be. Case in point: the hazy, feelgood nostalgia for Woodstock ’69. The mythmaking behind the stumblefuck kick-bollock-scramble planning would have you think it was an idyllic event, one fuelled by peace and love. The reality involves two fatalities and a narrowly avoided mass electrocution.

    Yes, mythmaking has obscured quite a few of…

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    The action is heavy in McKay land. Throw a stick four feet in any direction and you'll find someone ready to kick him in the goolies and advise him to keep to his comedies. Which is not, altogether, a view I share.

    I think it's groovy to see a filmmaker branching out and tackling important subjects in interesting ways. The Big Short had a rare unity of purpose that held firm; remember when Jeremy Strong and Rafe Spall's brokers finally…

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  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    ★★★★

    Powell and Pressburger’s ability to make unsentimental films about sentimental people comes from their understanding of cinema as an emotive visual medium underpinned by story function. That’s a rather cold and clinical way to sum up a film that swirls with feeling, but it explains why we care about Colonel Blimp. He’s the sort of man who shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a war – in fact the character originated from a series of newspaper cartoons that mocked pompous, blustery,…

  • Dark City

    Dark City

    ★★★½

    If you give me a city where nobody can remember the last time the sun came up and you mix in noir and SF elements then you’ve got my attention - especially if you also max out the production design slider.

    Which is why it feels strange to report how oddly meh the experience was for me. Yes, there’s a wonderful atmosphere here, a sort of oppressive living-dream quality to the proceedings that is apparent even before the film tackles…