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  • Upstream Color

    Upstream Color 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Aug, 2015

    It feels wrong to slap this movie with a rating without writing a few words about it. Problem is, I don't know what to say.

    This is obviously not an average film in any way. The cinematography and sound design are amazing, the overall feel is intense and reminded me of the brilliant Under The Skin.

    But, it didn't really speak to me. During the middle part I kind of zoned out, perhaps I simply wasn't in the mood.

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★ Watched 07 Jun, 2015

    A disappointment after all. Tries to be Cronenberg's Crash but plays it much too straight. The attempts at chemistry between Lou and Rick didn't work at all. Plus, why bother to have stock characters like the "morally concerned TV producer with ethical standards" in there if you're not using them anyway?

    The visuals, on the other hand, were often amazing, especially the climactic chase was pretty spectacular.

    Lou also reminded me of my ex-boss.

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey 1968

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 12 Jan, 2013 1

    *** Part of Lise's "Hal’s Birthday – watch 2001 on Sat Jan 12 2013" project ***

    Started watching around 22:00 CET. Consumed a moderate amount of a technically illegal but generally accepted recreational drug. Been several years since my last viewing, I was looking forward to it.

    Impressions:

    First thought during Dawn of Man sequence: "The history of Man is grand."

    What if the monolith wasn't supposed to do anything, except being there? I mean, the mere existence of something…

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    Watched 16 Jan, 2014 1

    Everything about this film is a lie. The characters are laughable, their motives absolutely incomprehensible. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character is dumber than a block of wood. The "twist" is a joke. The dialogue is atrocious. Everything that's supposed to be meaningful or empathetic feels manipulative and moronic. It fucking runs for nearly three hours!

    It's a film's equivalent to this.