Comin around again
Not a fan of David Lowery's Pete's Dragon--in retrospect the picture probably had too much Disney in it and not enough Lowery to suit me.
Heard good things about his latest though, so--thanks to the various recommendations, the pull of the intriguingly elemental title, the sparsely beautiful publicity stills (mostly involving a single slightly creepy figure in white sheet gazing at an empty room)--I decided to take a look.
Long live the
Albert Serra's The Death of Louis XIV at first glance shares the status of most living royalties in this more presidential more prime-ministerial world: it feels oddly anachronistic; it appears to hold little relevance to our lives; and very little is said or actually happens in its relatively brief and quiet reign, beyond the eponymous event. It's also to my mind one of the most gorgeous-looking--and funniest--films I've seen all year.
(WARNING: plot twists throughout new Who's timeline discussed in close detail!)
It's the thirteenth Doctor Who Christmas Special; it's the Twelfth Doctor meeting the First (or as he prefers to put it the 'original') Doctor; it's Peter Capaldi's final bow; it's Steve Moffat's last word on the subject.