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  • The Big Short

    The Big Short 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Feb, 2016

    'Truth is like poetry. And most people fucking hate poetry.'

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant 2015

    ★★½ Watched 19 Jan, 2016

    Visually and technically impressive, a tour-de-force performance by Leonardo DiCaprio and a whole lotta grunting, snorting and heavy breathing. But as a pretty straight-forward tale of survival and revenge, "The Revenant" simply wasn't captivating enough and also way too long (which is one of the main reasons for the former).

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 18 Dec, 2015

    After a third viewing, I can happily say that for me the brilliance of the new cast members easily outshines a couple of minor annoyances (a little too much fan service and reliance on nostalgia, some all-too-convenient plot-developments and the CG design of Supreme Leader Gollum/Voldemort).

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★ Rewatched 17 Dec, 2015

    On the second viewing within 10 hours I didn't enjoy the movie as much as I did the first time – mainly due to fatigue and the rather awful German dubbing.

    But I was also able to pay more attention to smaller details that I had previously missed and noticed some minor quibbles that ultimately don't harm the movie but keep it from being the masterpiece it could have been.

    Still, it's everything I was hoping for in a new "Star Wars" film – and then some!

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 Dec, 2015

    Movie ticket: $10
    Merchandise madness after leaving the theatre in an ecstatic state: $238
    DEM FEELS!: Priceless

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 30 Jan, 2016

    "The Hateful Eight" is how I like my Tarantino best: Odd characters perfectly delivering his dialogue in an enclosed setting that doesn't get in the way of the crazy (and sometimes over-the-top violent) interactions. There are great performances all around (can Walton Goggins be in every of his movies from now on? I mean, seriously!), the film gorgeously shot (I was lucky enough to catch a Roadshow screening in glorious 70mm) and Ennio Morricone provides an intense and surprisingly unique soundtrack. This most certainly is everything I wanted "Django Unchained" to be – and then some!

  • Creed

    Creed 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Feb, 2016

    More like "Rocky Episode VII: The Creed Awakens" - am I right?

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 2015

    ★½ Watched 26 Nov, 2015

    The worst film in an overall barely mediocre "trilogy" but at this point I'm just glad that it's over...

  • The Hallow

    The Hallow 2015

    Watched 27 Sep, 2015

    I don't get how this movie was able to generate any buzz. It's as generic as horror films come from start (the "happy big city couple moves to remote cabin in the woods where there's suspicious townsfolk and lurking danger") to finish (the obligatory "oh, oh, it's never really over and therefore here's the post-credit jump scare for you") and if you've ever watched a similar genre flick, there are literally zero surprises or fresh ideas to be found in "The Hallow". It might be beautifully shot and I have to give props for some of the practical effects, but BOY is it dull…

  • The Lobster

    The Lobster 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 Sep, 2015

    If bizarro Wes Anderson made an absurdist black comedy that works as a cynical commentary on partnership/romance vs. single life in a modern, somewhat dystopian society, the result would probably be "The Lobster". Could have been 10-20 minutes shorter but might still end up as one of my favorite movies of 2015.

  • The Martian

    The Martian 2015

    ★★★ Watched 25 Oct, 2015

    Writing these words almost two monther after I've been to the theatre to watch Ridley Scott's supposed redemption flick "The Martian", I have to admit that while remembering being sufficiently entertained, there are not many specific scenes or plot points that made a memorable impression.

    So, better luck with "Alien: Covenant", I guess?

  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 2015

    ★★½ Watched 15 Aug, 2015

    Beatufiul people doing incredible things and looking very stylish while doing them. This movie is the definition of "style over substance" but that's okay because it doesn't want to be any more than that and few others do style as well as Guy Ritchie.