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  • Winter Sleep 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Dec, 2014

    Winter Sleep, the new film by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, is shaped as some sort of modern Turkish folktale, centered around the concept of guilt and our relationship with it. The principal ideas and different positions are discussed in extensive conversations. The protagonist of the film, Mr. Aydin, the village’s wealthy landlord and hotel owner, whose Christmas Grinch persona causes the aversion of his fellow villagers, is usually the reason behind these arguments.

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    Altough subtle, Mr. Aydin’s evolution throughout the…

  • The Guest 2014

    ★★½ Watched 17 Dec, 2014

    Through their retro anthologies, austere filmmaking, gore depiction, homages and influences the “mumblegore” directors have made it clear that they have a thing for 80’s American horror, the biggest exponent of this tendency probably being the marvelous The House of the Devil. But the real question is if a bunch of 80’s synth pop is enough to make The Guest feel like one of those 80’s horror masterpieces. The truth is that The Guest lacks a lot of the baggage,…

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  • Paths of Glory 1957

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 21 Mar, 2013 3

    Stanley Kubrick covered various and different genres through all his career, from film-noirs like The Killing and Killer’s Kiss, to big epic spectacles like the historical Spartacus and the futuristic 2001 and A Clockwork Orange, and also covering the horror and psychological thriller genres, among others. Although I’d say that one of his bigger inputs was in War Films, going back to this genre multiple times, firstly with the amateur Fear and Desire, then with Paths of Glory and ultimately,…

  • The Master 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 10 Feb, 2013

    Wow, what a film, watched it last night, but I needed to digest it a little more to make a review. The Master is probably the most ambiguous film I have seen in a while, and it has obviously led to a lot of confusion. And no, I can't say that I have fully understand it, but here are my thougts:

    I can't help myself but to see some similarities between aspects of the film and Freud's theories. In the…