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  • While We're Young

    While We're Young 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Jun, 2015

    What I responded most to while watching While We're Young, and also a while after, was the thematic longing. Longing of belonging to something else than what you're more or less born into, or even for time to stand more or less still. The hipsters have their "ironic" adaptations of antiquities, but the grown-up troubles featured interested me so much more.

    I'm not quite at the Stiller/Watts age just yet, but I do hang out in circles of younger people…

  • The Stunt Man

    The Stunt Man 1980

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Jun, 2015

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    Film #4 of the "Scavenger Hunt #3" Challenge!
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    Selection #24: A Black Comedy!

    The Stunt Man belongs to the mad man in the director's crane; the loony and brilliant Peter O'Toole. O'Toole brings to life a man you feel is willing to go to the extremest of extremes to get his pictures just right. The scariest part is that these types of directors definitely exist. This isn't a horror, though, it's a comedy sometimes doubling as a drama.…

  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending 2015

    Watched 04 Jun, 2015 1

    "I love dogs."

    While some applause is granted for the way the Wachowski siblings just lose all their inhibitions and just go with every whim that happens to enter their brains at any time during shooting, and are actually allowed to present this mess "as is" to the audience, being a recipient of this cacophony is quite frankly an ordeal.

    I never grasped the motivations behind basically everything that went on, and it was a lot, and characters come and…

  • Born to Kill

    Born to Kill 1947

    ★★★ Watched 02 Jun, 2015

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    Film #3 of the "Scavenger Hunt #3" Challenge!
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    Selection #10: A Film About or Featuring a Wedding!

    Well, that was a nasty slice of pitch black noir.
    I had pretty high hopes, but there seems to have been some sense in my postponing this time after time, after all.
    Claire Trevor is a fantastic as the femme fatale, but Laurence Tierney is just a brute. A brute with shit for brains and delusions of grandeur. Not that you're…

  • M

    M 1931

    ★★★★½ Watched 02 Jun, 2015 2

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    Film #2 of the "Scavenger Hunt #3" Challenge!
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    Selection #23: A Peter Lorre film!

    What to say when you've finally encountered a classic everyone else have already drooled over for ages.
    M is a very fascinating film on a multitude of levels, from pure technical ingenuity to playing with an audience's unexpected empathies.
    In the infancy of sound on film, Lang's explicit outtakes of that very capability is the key to crafting some very effective scenes of tension…

  • Shadow of a Doubt

    Shadow of a Doubt 1943

    ★★★ Watched 01 Jun, 2015

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    Film #1 of the "Scavenger Hunt #3" Challenge!
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    Selection #15: "A film about a serial killer"

    Thinking back, I kind of wish I'd gone for a serial killer thriller that actually followed a ghastly killer on the prowl. Joseph Cotten's "Uncle Charlie" gets closer to scratching that certain itch towards the end, but is still a bit underwhelming in that sense.

    Unfortunately, that is not the only underwhelming factor here. For some reason, Hitchcock decided to introduce Cotten's…

  • Good Kill

    Good Kill 2014

    ★½ Watched 28 May, 2015

    If anyone on here knows Christian Bale, let him know I've located his Batman voice. Ethan Hawke's got it!

  • Cub

    Cub 2014

    ★★½ Watched 25 May, 2015 4

    I think this is a first for me, watching and reviewing a full feature from a fellow Letterboxder.
    Jonas Govaerts is evidently a passionate cinephile, and I'm pleased he got his debut crowdfunded, because it is not without merit.

    I somehow get the feeling I'm not the right audience for this film, though, and it that sense the rating might be a tad harsh.
    I'm sure this is a delightful experience for young teenagers to watch, preferably on a sleepover…

  • Just Before I Go

    Just Before I Go 2014

    ★★ Watched 24 May, 2015

    When I saw Courteney Cox had made her directing debut, the kid in me who loved Friends, made a passionate plea to check it out. Who am I to disappoint children?

    A cast lead by the "most likely to succeed" out of the American Pie cast (Seann William Scott), with one of my favourite girls as a love interest (Olivia Thirlby), I started out with a borderline positive apprehension. For a while, the film doesn't disappoint either. Never being anything…

  • Finsterworld

    Finsterworld 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 25 May, 2015

    As the poster hints at, Finsterworld is a German attempt at the "tapestry drama", where a multitude of storylines are shown to have a connection, however miniscule, as the running time ticks on.
    A man living off natur in a small forest, an upper class married couple, a group of high-schoolers on a field trip, a cop and his wannabe filmmaker girlfriend and a pedicurist and his geriatric crush all offer up stories from a less than flattering day to…

  • Marshland

    Marshland 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 20 May, 2015

    Less True Detective, more Memories of Murder, with the 80s setting, historical backdrop of dictatorship, city cop/countryside cop and scenes of heavy rain. The scene with the soaked (and soaking) marsh, is a perfect crescendo.

    Marshland shows us a side of sunny Spain far from the charter travels we're accustomed to, with lousy living conditions, and nefarious activities going uncontested.

    The two protagonistic policemen in the center of our attention, both have a past to contend with although during differing…

  • It Follows

    It Follows 2014

    ★★★ Watched 20 May, 2015

    What is the scarier, or dare I say creepier, of the two; a derelict and defunct Detroit, or "it"? The movie tries to make a point for the latter, but in bringing pictures of the former through a delicious (I'm sick, I know) ride deeper than just the suburbs of the main plot, I'm leaning towards Detroit.

    Saying It Follows fails as a horror, might be pushing it a bit too far. It all depends on what you came looking…