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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 18 Mar, 2014

    I was tempted to give "The Grand Budpest Hotel" only 4.5 out of 5 stars solely due to the fact that I liked it a tiny bit less than "Moonrise Kingdom" but since this is not a Wes Anderson rating, it really has to be 5 of 5. I mean, how often is it that you sit in the theatre, are hooked from the very first frame of a movie, instantly fall in love with every single character, don't experience a second of boredom and are willing to watch the whole thing again the moment the credits begin to roll? Exactly!

  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 25 Jan, 2014

    Yes, crime doesn't pay. Yes, drug abuse will make you miserable. Yes, I should condemn the obscene decadence that I just witnessed on screen for the best part of the last three hours.

    But. It. Just. Looks. Like. So. Much. FUCKING. Fun.

  • Her 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Jan, 2014

    "Her" is first and foremost a remarkable movie. Remarkable, because it manages to evoke such a wide range of emotions while for the most part only showing close-ups of Joaquin Phoenix talking to an invisible Scarlett Johansson (it gets even more remarkable when you learn that "Samantha" was originally voiced by Samantha Morton so Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson never actually interacted during the making of "Her"). Spike Jonze managed to find the perfect balance between romance and satire while…

  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Jan, 2014

    Weird, but in a beautiful, "awww" kind of way... Perfect movie to start the new year with.

  • American Hustle 2013

    ★★½ Watched 06 Feb, 2014

    I really don't get what all the fuss is about. The trailers had me pretty excited for this one but in the end, the only thing that sets "American Hustle" apart from your run-of-the-mill heist movie are the great performances by its star-studded cast. Other than that, I'd consider it a letdown but it really seems to be hit-or-miss for me when it comes to the films of David O. Russell.

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013

    ★★★ Watched 15 Dec, 2013

    I could've just copy&pasted most of my thoughts on "Catching Fire" here.

    Yep, the movie is an improvement over the first one.
    Yep, the movie is well-paced and I had a rather good time at the theatre.
    Yep, it felt a little more like a true LotR sequel.

    But... It. Has. No. F**cking. Ending!

  • Nebraska 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Feb, 2014

    After the slightly disappointing "The Descendants", Alexander Payne seems to be back on track and delivers on all accounts with his latest directorial effort "Nebraska". It's an intimate look into family ties and everything that goes with it, especially the often complicated relationship between father and son. The movie really is a bittersweet piece of cinema that had me laughing and crying at times. Also, it made me think about my own parents and family in ways I hadn't done before which has to be considered a huge achievement. Oh, and the black-and-white cinematography cinematography is stunningly gorgeous.

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013

    ★★ Watched 25 Nov, 2013

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • Out of the Furnace 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Dec, 2013

    The last film I watched in 2013 turned out to be one of the best films of the year. I was surprised to find out that it had divided the critics but I guess viewers can easily be put off by its slow pace and the familiar (and at times even formulaic) revenge plot.

    I, for one, didn't mind and found the atmosphere that was created to be rather captivating. But where "Out of the Furnace" really shines is on…

  • Thor: The Dark World 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Nov, 2013

    Yes, the supposedly main villain and the whole Aether mumbo-jumbo are rather uninteresting.

    With this obvious flaw out of the way, I feel confident to say that I consider "Thor: The Dark World" the third best film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (being surpassed only by "The Avengers" and "Iron Man").

    There are two main reasons for this, the first being the chemistry between Thor and Loki. Just like they did with Robert Downey Jr. for the role of Tony…

  • 12 Years a Slave 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Feb, 2014

    It shouldn't be news to anyone familiar with the works of Steve McQueen that the films of the British director are not for the faint of heart and despite the fact of them being great cinematic achievements, I have yet to get the urge to rewatch either "Hunger" or "Shame".

    It's basically the same phenomenon with "12 Years a Slave" which possesses many of the qualities of its predecessors but unfortunately, it also had quite a lot of scenes that…

  • Blue Is the Warmest Color 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Jan, 2014

    The movie is a little too much on the nose at times with its heavy symbolism and some clichés but it more than makes up for it with its raw and unadorned depiction of first love and all the mess that goes along with it. This is what coming-of-age looks like outside of Hollywood. And while both leading actresses are remarkable I have to single out the tour-de-force performance by Adèle Exarchopoulos. I hadn't heard of her going into this…