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  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 04 Nov, 2014

    Almost feeling like a lighter, funnier and more playful version of “Black Swan”, “Birdman” is a highly entertaining look on artistry, obsessiveness, the desire to be relevant, self-doubt, (self-)delusions, the clashing of divergent personalities, and so much more… – all offered up with an incredible, frantic level of energy, stellar performances from an all-star cast, and many hilarious scenes. One of it’s most remarkable (and oft-cited) features is the impression that it consists of only one long take. That doesn’t…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★ Watched 04 Nov, 2014

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

    Of all the screenings that I went to at last years Viennale, “Whiplash” by far got the most cheers and applause. The audience seemed to be in a real frenzy afterwards. Me? I’m afraid I wasn’t quite as taken by it as many others were. It’s a good movie, but I also had some issues with it.

    My main problem with “Whiplash” definitely lies in its ending, and the message it entails. This is one of those movies where a…

  • The Shining

    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

    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.…

  • Blade Runner

    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…

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Feb, 2015

    “The Imitation Game” is an interesting mixture of biopic, drama, thriller, and (historic) war movie. By far my favorite part was the third act, after Alan Turing finally broke the Enigma code, and the question arises how – or even if – they’re supposed to react on the information that the machine gives them. Which attacks to prevent and which to allow. It’s a fascinating moral dilemma, and I wouldn’t have minded if the movie would have elaborated even further…

  • Prometheus

    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…

  • The Babadook

    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…

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Mar, 2015

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

    Since the excellent “Stardust” – still one of the very best fantasy films coming out in this millennium that doesn’t have “Lord of the Rings” in the title – I’m a huge fan of director Matthew Vaughn. His brilliant “Kick-Ass” (which I still consider the best movie that came out in 2010) only reinforced my admiration for him. “X-Men: First Class”, while a huge step up for the franchise after the “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”-debacle, actually was a slight step down…

  • Foxcatcher

    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 –…

  • 21 Jump Street

    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

    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…