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  • This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

    This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

    ★★★★

    Part of 30 Countries 2021. Today: Lesotho!

    At the heart of Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese's film is an idea I'm more used to seeing in South (Kleber Mendonça Filho) or Latin (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) American magical realism than anything from Africa - the idea that a community's strength and cohesion is tied, perhaps mystically, to its oldest female resident. And once the village's mother dies, well, all bets are off.

    This is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection sees one of…

  • Doctor Who: The Sea Devils

    Doctor Who: The Sea Devils

    ★★½

    Random Access Who, no. 50.

    I've enjoyed sticking up for unjustly maligned Pertwee-era stories like The Mutants and Planet of the Spiders, but the down side is this: if the consensus is wrong when it decides which Pertwee stories are terrible, it might just be wrong when it decides which ones are great. So it goes with Malcolm Hulke's second Silurian story. Those who saw it as a child - self included - have fond memories of it, but revisiting…

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  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

    Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

    ★★★★½

    Too often, when we wonder who the Greatest Living Englishman is, we forget that Nick Park asked Dreamworks for thirty million dollars to make an internationally-released feature-length film about marrow-growing contests in Lancashire and they said yes.

  • Pride

    Pride

    ★★★★½

    I was going to add a caveat to this review, to say that perhaps it wasn't a 4.5 film, but if you're queer, or if you're from one of those towns - you know, the ones with shops that you've never seen without the shutters down, the ones whose people are said to be "workshy" by people on TV despite the fact that some of the older residents still have scars on their head that they got from literally, physically…