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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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Halloween 1978

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 06 Sep, 2014

    Obviously, I had seen this a couple of times already, but when the Filmmuseum annouced it as part of their horror retrospective, I jumped at the chance to see it on the big screen for the first time. And what can I say: It still holds up really well. I can also definitely say that from all the times that I’ve seen this movie, this was my favorite. It’s just one of those films that get enhanced greatly when watched…

  • 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…

  • RoboCop 2014

    ★★ Watched 08 Feb, 2014

    While – AFAIR, it’s been quite a while since I saw 2 and 3 – better then the sequels, "Robocop 2014" is vastly inferior to the original.

    1.) F*ck that black suit. It was pseudo-cool instead of cool. I don’t get why they thought the needed to update his look, the silver Robocop-design still looks perfect to me. What made it even more annoying was that for a second I thought we would get the silver one back, when they…

  • 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…

  • Scream 1996

    ★★★½ Rewatched 17 Jan, 2012

    There's no denying that "Scream" revitalized the horror genre, especially the slasher flicks, which boomed after its success. There are two main things that distinguished this from most previous horror movies: It perfectly combined the horror-thriller with a classical whodunit, and it was very self-aware and didn't pretend that horror movies don't exist in the world of Ghostface. In fact, all the rules and clichés of the genre were a big part of "Scream", which did not only make us…