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  • Whirlpool

    Whirlpool 1949

    ★★★½ Watched 04 May, 2016

    Solid entry into the considerable genre of the pop-psychoanalysis film noir, which seems to have been a favorite of expat directors (See Fritz Lang, Max Ophüls).

    Through great direction, clever dialogue and some crafty camera movement, this film manages to overcome its overly simplistic conceptual foundation to create a truly creepy and dream-like atmosphere. The plot twists and turns towards a genuinely tragic conclusion, creating a lot of tension and hinting at underlying themes rarely explored in contemporary Hollywood films,…

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia 1962

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Feb, 2016

    During the first world war, a British officer stationed in Cairo is send to Arabia to report on and support the beduin uprising against the turks. Having always been fascinated by their culture, he gets drawn into their struggle and soon comes up agianst resistance both in Cairo and in Arabia, as his allegiance and true motives are questioned.

    I was looking forward to seeing this on the big screen very much and was ultimately let down by the presentation.…

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  • Elite Squad

    Elite Squad 2007

    ★★★★ Watched 08 May, 2013 2

    Movie #10 of Berkens 30 days, 30 countries challenge

    Elite Squad- Brazil

    Intense Film about the war in the Brazilian favelas and the people that participate in it. Much like City of God, Elite Squad simply shows you what is happening and forces you to make up your own mind about it. The issues presented are so complicated and the line between good and bad so blurred that it is hard to really root for any character. The direction during…

  • Russian Ark

    Russian Ark 2002

    ★★★ Watched 02 May, 2013

    Movie #3 of Berkens 30 days, 30 countries challenge

    Russian Ark- Russia

    I had only seen Sokurovs "Faust" before and thought that the weird choice of lenses, the disorienting camera-movement and the way people always bump into each other and are not able to walk like a normal human being were unique to that film. Turns out that seems to be part of Sokurovs trademark style.

    That, paired with the one-shot premise, wich is executed well and never feels much…