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  • Toni Erdmann

    Toni Erdmann 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Dec, 2016

    Very well-acted. I liked the main characters, who stayed with me. Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller I had never seen before, and both are given the role of a life time as Toni and Ines. It’s not laugh-out-loud, but there are moments that were amusing.
    A compelling depiction of a father-daughter relationship, she is grownup, working abroad as a business woman, he misses her. There’s something here for the parent and for the child to take notice of and be…

  • Arrival

    Arrival 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Dec, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Based on the short story Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang. My initial reaction is the film starts well, but loses its way in the last act. Good mainstream entertainment and I was glued to the screen while it lasted, yet the secrets that are revealed felt a bit contrived. I disliked the coldness of Sicario, and there was definitely more warmth and humor in Arrival. Given the circumstances, Louise's (Amy Adams) decision to have the child seemed a…

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  • Videodrome

    Videodrome 1983

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Sep, 2012

    Could be David Cronenberg's most important, visionary, and ambitious work. A cult film that is disturbing and visually grotesque, so not for the faint of heart.
    Thought-provoking, not least because the film is a window into the future: Freely available information, avatar names, the limits of satisfaction and entertainment, the effects on your surroundings and on the mind of watching violence, sex or torture, and whether entertainment is at the expense of something more worthwhile. Does viewing kill our brain…

  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog 1927

    ★★★ Watched 12 Apr, 2016

    So many versions available on YouTube so I decided to go with the official dvd from the library. The score fits well for a thriller and particularly the chase ending stayed with me. I liked the cinematic approach to storytelling, pulling coat up over face, handcuffs, portraits on the walls, and so on. An impressive trick is when the family look up and we see the lodger (worm 's eye view) restlessly walking alone in his upstairs room. Thematically the same old from Hitchcock, this time in silent.