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  • Hotel

    Hotel 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 27 May, 2016

    Erika is a complex role to tackle and although Alicia Vikander doesn't nail every scene she's in, considering the actress here being in her mid 20s, she does a commendable job with it, channeling heavy psychological nuances and in the process making all of her colleagues basically look like amateurs. Vikander very much deserves the attention Hollywood currently is giving her, and certainly has enough skills mingled with star/it power to eventually become one of the all-time greats. Without Vikander,…

  • The Forbidden Room

    The Forbidden Room 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 25 May, 2016 2

    At two hours The Forbidden Room's experimental shenanigans almost outstay their welcome, yet four stars seems too low a score to give, because no one makes films like Maddin. Although we've seen it all before; the dreamlike genre blend, messy and fuzzy, the intertitles, absurdity and unique sense of humor, during the first 1.5 hours the pieces seem to fit better than ever, but as with all great works of art, it's difficult, perhaps even impossible, to explain exactly why—it simply just feels that way.

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  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Jan, 2013 4

    Wes Anderson's films are known primarily as Wes Anderson films, which is not very surprising seeing as he has developed his very own style, consisting of symmetrical colorful photography/art direction infused with sweet sounding pop songs, a combination that it takes mere seconds to recognize as distinctly andersonsonian. When looking back it's clear though that it was Anderson and Owen Wilson as a pair that had something really special going in the late 90s and early 00s. It was their…

  • Black Swan

    Black Swan 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Dec, 2010 4

    What begins as a classic fairy tale with rivalry between noble, overly sensitive ballerina and a free-spirited dancing partner, guilt-inducing mother and a character that resembles an evil queen with cruel intentions (Cassel's dirty minded instructor), derails via the more mature themes of personality disorder, sexuality and mutation, slowly and steadily into a beautifully controlled, complex mess. Neither Portman nor Aronofsky has ever been better.