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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 22 May, 2015

    I wasn’t quite as smitten with “Mad Max: Fury Road” as many (or most?) others were. It’s a very good movie, but it didn’t manage to thrill me from start to finish.

    I had two main issues with the movie. The first one, unfortunately, is the recasting of Max. I guess that I would have liked “Fury Road” more if they would have shot the exact same movie 10 years earlier, with Mel Gibson in the role. Think of him…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★ Watched 17 Dec, 2015

    Ok, let’s get a few things right out of the way. A) “Star Wars” has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. B) I’d definitely consider myself a hardcore-fan. C) I’m one of those guys who spend lots of time and money on the Expanded Universe, thus I wasn’t exactly thrilled (as much as I can understand the decision) when Disney devalued it to pay-for-fanfiction-status. D) While I’m not the biggest fan of J.J.…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★ Watched 04 Nov, 2014 1

    This review may contain 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…

  • 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…

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Apr, 2015

    After writing the scripts for – among others – “28 Days Later”, “Sunshine”, “Dredd” and “Never Let Me Go”, Alex Garland finally decided to make the jump to the director’s chair, filming his own, original screenplay. And given the end result, I sincerely hope that he’ll return as both script writer and director frequently, providing us with many more fascinating, original, intelligent and thoughtful science fiction-films like “Ex Machina”.

    Watching the movie, you’d never guess that it was shot by…

  • The Martian

    The Martian 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Oct, 2015

    After the mediocre “Robin Hood”, the disappointing “Prometheus”, the pretty bad “The Counselor”, and “Exodus: Gods and Kings”, which looked so not like my cup of tea that I decided to skip it, Ridley Scott had quite a lot to make up for. Thus, as much as this sounded and looked to be right up my alley, I entered the movie theatre a little wary. And while I wouldn’t say that he redeemed himself completely with it, “The Martian” at…

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Dec, 2015

    After last years “Birdman” – and unusually fast for him – Alejandro González Iñárritu serves up a gripping tale of survival and revenge that once again proves him to be a masterful storyteller. Raw, brutal and visually stunning, “The Revenant” sneaked up on me with its slow beginning, until I was totally engrossed by what was happening onscreen. It’s beautiful, and haunting, and enthralling – and, at least for me, an early contender for “Best Movie of the Year”.


  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Apr, 2015

    It’s true: “Avengers: Age of Ultron” isn’t quite as fresh, funny, and delightful as the first one. It misses the appeal of seeing all these superheroes fighting together for the first time. Ultron, while a competent baddie, isn’t quite as charming a villain as Loki. After two features that at least partly broke with the regular superhero movie formula (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy”), this again is far more familiar – and ordinary – territory.…

  • 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.

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Jun, 2015

    Since I didn’t find the time to re-watch (and thus review) the trilogy, let’s do a short recap: “Jurassic Park” is a masterpiece, and Steven Spielberg’s last perfect blockbuster (10/10). “The Lost World” is a delightfully distinct movie with some tremendously gripping scenes (like the trailer) and a great ending (yes, I’m actually one of those who really liked the ending in San Diego), but which still falls short of the original (7/10). And “Jurassic Park III” can be found…

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Mar, 2015

    This review may contain 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…

  • 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…