MaryAnn’s quick take: Monumental. With Dune, Denis Villeneuve tells a familiar story with uncommon elegance and pensiveness, even dreaminess, on a breathtaking scale. A stunningly gorgeous, supremely dignified movie about ugly things. Read the review…
London Film Festival
Cop Secret movie review: cold fuzz (#LFF2021) - Absolutely hilarious Icelandic sendup of action buddy cop movies. Knowing, sneaky, and deliciously deadpan, upending toxic masculinity and elevating the usual subtext of the genre to the overt text.
movies for the resistance
The Body Fights Back documentary review: food for thought - Honest, compassionate, and very necessary, this is a provocation, a challenge to our individual and cultural preconceived notions about and neurotic relationships to food, weight, and body image.
on vod in us/uk
Censor movie review: the horror of the persistence of memory - Ambiguous, introspective, thoughtful. As weirdly uncomfortable as horror should be, and rarely is, as it examines how these movies can infect us. Niamh Algar is terrific, and deeply empathetic.
- question of the weekend: is there an actor whose presence in a film or TV show guarantees that you won’t watch it?
- ‘99 Tiny Terrors’ is nigh…
- question of the weekend: what’s your favorite road-trip movie?
- the return of Nigel the Charity Pig
- question of the weekend: what TV show do you never fast-forward through the opening credits?
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