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  • Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Another

    Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Another

    52 films by women 2021: 37/52.

    Some beautiful, tactile passages, but good lord does this ever travel the wrong way over the hypnotic-to-tedious boundary line.

  • Charley in New Town

    Charley in New Town

    ★★★½

    52 films by women 2021: 36/52.

    The most unexpected pleasure on the BFI Flipside I Start Counting disc is this short animation by Joy Batchelor and John Halas, most famous for their adaptation of Animal Farm. It's one of a series of educational shorts where the titular Charley talks the audience through some new development in the manner of Richard Massingham or Karel Zeman's Mr. Prokouk. Another short in the series, produced around the same time, has him explaining the…

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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…