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  • Heathers

    Heathers

    ★★★★★

    Still riding high on its macabre sense of irony in 2020, Lehmann’s absurdist coming of age satire in truth has rarely felt so timely. Unlike the progeny of high-school comedies that followed in its wake – most famously Mean Girls (2004) – Heathers has a scathing subversiveness swirling at its centre. Stereotypes ring true, school is tyrannised by the privileged, right and wrong become ambiguous; all in all, it’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry. That’s not to…

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★½

    Reimaging sweeping Vietnam epics from the perspective of the oppressed in America’s history of hate, Spike Lee is at his most daring in this unorthodox metafiction of heist, drama and war cinema. Perhaps unsurprisingly these elements work clumsily together – and that’s not the only issue. The on-location camerawork is marred by excessive saturation in post-production and the tale’s sprawl leaves the sub-plots for an afterthought. But Lee’s real aim here is to “speak the truth”, and for all its…

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  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★★

    Lanthimos films have been an acquired taste for me. As much as I enjoy the Lobster and Sacred Deer, I more respect them than love them. However, this is his first absolute masterpiece and the first exception to that trend. This delightfully twisted, shockingly funny and strikingly original period piece is the best movie of the year I’ve seen so far.

    While being reasonably grounded historically speaking, The Favourite still manages to be incredibly entertaining. While not that much of…

  • Vanity Fair

    Vanity Fair

    ★★★★

    As is the case with all my favourite books, Vanity Fair has proven largely unadaptable. That’s why this is the best adaptation so far of Makepiece’s (very dated, but still excellent) novel. 

    Vanity Fair started slowly. The first episode didn’t really work for me. I found it to be visually solid and enjoyed Olivia Cooke’s performance, but I found the put downs and jokes to be mostly uninspired and witless. However, as the show went on it picked up. It progressively…