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  • The Shining 1980

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 01 Oct, 2014

    Not a review, but a note: This rating refers to the US-version. I prefer the (shorter) international cut, which is a 5/5 for me.

  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 10 Oct, 2014

    “Under the Skin” is no slight movie fare, and it’s most definitely not for everyone. I, however, found it absolutely stunning. Despite the fact that I’ve seen it twice now, I’m still a little reluctant to talk about it in too much detail. “Under the Skin” is not simply a movie, it’s art… and like every piece of art it works a little bit like a mirror. What you see in it depends greatly with what you bring to it.…

  • Prometheus 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Jun, 2012

    There is a very good reason why everyone involved with this movie went out of their way to emphasize that this is not an "Alien"-Prequel, and it's not because they wanted to trick and/or surprise us. Although "Prometheus" may share some of its DNA (to paraphrase Ridley Scott), and the events herein precedent those of the original "Alien" movie, tonally and conceptionally this is a very different (star) beast. Unfortunately, where "Alien" was a perfect organism, "Prometheus" is not without…

  • Blade Runner 1982

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 10 Feb, 2012

    "Blade Runner" is a cinematic masterpiece that in the almost 30 years that have passed since its original release has lost nothing of its appeal, allure, and workmanship. It offers impressive, groundbreaking visuals, great performances (especially by Harrison Ford, Sean Young and Rutger Hauer), a gripping story that asks some heavy questions about morals and humanity, a hauntingly beautiful score by Vangelis, countless memorable and unforgettable scenes, and a truly moving (and, on first viewing, unexpected) finale. My only gripe…

  • 21 Jump Street 2012

    ★★★ Watched 24 May, 2012

    Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are absolutely great together, and there are a couple of very funny scenes. Unfortunately, not every gag hits home. Not by a long shot. For example: To comment on the cliché of the shouting, angry police boss doesn't make its use any less clichéd. And I thought the idea of drugged cops being funny died with "Bad Boys II". The biggest problem is the middle act, though, where the High School-story takes center stage and…

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Jan, 2012

    David Finchers remake of the swedisch thriller sticks closely to the original. Thus, if you already know the original or the novel, you may not find it very gripping. The main strength of his interpretation are the imagery and his capability to create tension in certain scenes. Furthermore, both leads are cast near perfectly. Especially Rooney Mara captivates with an even more vulnerable interpretation of the character, which makes the scenes where she strikes back that much more poignant (and…

  • Foxcatcher 2014

    ★½ Watched 02 Nov, 2014

    “Foxcatcher” was praised by many as a stunning real-life drama, a dark tale about ambition and the american way of life, and/or a fascinating character study in the vein of “Citizen Kane” or “There Will Be Blood”; for me, however, it was mostly a study in boredom. I never really found my way into the movie. I couldn’t relate to any of the characters, and I didn’t get what drives anyone in the movie to do whatever they’re doing –…

  • The Babadook 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Sep, 2014

    I had already heard some great things about “The Babadook” before going in, and I’m happy to say that I can pretty much confirm all of them. One of my favorite things about it is that it can be interpreted as a psychological thriller as well as a flat-out supernatural horror movie. Is the babadook a real thing, or just an expression of Amelia’s depression? You can take the movie either literally or figuratively, and to actually allow the audience…

  • Kick-Ass 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 07 Feb, 2012

    Two minutes in you will already know if "Kick Ass" is for you or not. If you can't see what's so funny about the first scene, you might as well get up and leave. If, however, you are as morally depraved (:-p) as myself, thus laughing uncontrollably, you're in for a hell of a ride. "Kick Ass" masterfully mixes comedy, drama and action. It has you laughing in one minute, and fearing for the life of its protagonists in the…

  • Frank 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Oct, 2014

    I had already heard some great things about this movie, and “Frank” definitely lived up to my expectations. One of my favorite things was how after about half an hour, I thought that I had the movie figured out, only for it to take a completely different – and in my case unexpected – turn. I should point out that I hadn’t even seen a trailer, thus going in almost completely blank, only knowing the most basic premise – which…

  • The Raid 2 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 03 May, 2014

    It’s cinematic confession time again: I wasn’t all that thrilled with “The Raid”. In my opinion, it was a little too restricted, especially in the story-department. And while some of the fights were killer, it pretty much was the same action scene over and over and over and over and over again. I didn’t hate it or anything, it was a nice, decent action movie – I just wasn’t as blown away by it as many others were. So please…

  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Feb, 2012

    I have nothing against quiet, slow moving films… but this was just a tad too mellow even for my taste. I missed some kind of tension, and thought that the way the reveal of the mole's identity was handled left much to be desired. On the upside, it sure was nice to see a less agitated and more realistic (and very old-fashioned) approach to the secret agent-genre, that put wits and human beings in the forefront, instead of gimmicks and/or…