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  • Mommy

    Mommy 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Apr, 2015 5

    A beautiful and powerful film with some of the strongest performances of 2014. All the leads are fantastic.

    The soundtrack goes for a couple of things that most people would not choose, but it works. Dolan makes it new for his film.

  • The Taking of Tiger Mountain

    The Taking of Tiger Mountain 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Apr, 2015

    It is too long and most of the scenes with no action are a bit boring, but when they do turn up the tempo, things get pretty fun.

  • The Duke of Burgundy

    The Duke of Burgundy 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Apr, 2015

    Fascinating film. It does feel a little long at points, but it is well acted, looks fantastic and the music just puts you in a special place somehow.

    It was interesting to hear Peter Strickland at the Q&A after the screening. I like how he took it all down a notch and sort of trivialised everything in a way I hadn't thought about before.

    The whole world that he creates is also just fascinating like nothing else. The way he explained it after the film made it seem very simple, but it really sucks you in.

    It's also surprisingly light hearted and funny at times.

  • Lake Los Angeles

    Lake Los Angeles 2014

    ★★★ Watched 14 Apr, 2015

    It looks good but ultimately I had a hard time connecting with anything emotionally. It's slow but not boring, and sort of meditative.

  • One on One

    One on One 2014

    ★½ Watched 12 Apr, 2015 4

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is the great Kim Ki-duk? I don't even know what to say. How can anyone make a movie of this quality and expect people to sit through two hours. It's horrendously made.

    Some of the acting is pretty good, but every time they try some English, it's incredibly awkward and doesn't make sense here.

    I almost nodded off several times. A "thriller" has no business being this boring, nor has any movie for that matter.

    Which Kim Ki-duk film do I check out to see why people like him so much?

  • Imperial Dreams

    Imperial Dreams 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 11 Apr, 2015 2

    The best surprise of the Copenhagen Film Festival so far. I hadn't heard about this film but decided to go watch it. Music by Flying Lotus sounded cool, so I went.

    Music by Flying Lotus IS great, but there is so much more going on here. It's the same old story, ex-con trying to get out of his crime-ridden hood, he is pushed and pulled and of course he has a little son to take care of. But. It's just…

  • Manglehorn

    Manglehorn 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 11 Apr, 2015 7

    Manglehorn brings Al Pacino back to the level that he should be at. Soulful performance, brother.

    The story is about as classic as they get, but it's the way Green handles the story that takes it to the next level. The things and situations that he focuses on, and perhaps more importantly, the things and situations that he chooses not to focus on. It's the little things, and I can't quite put my finger on it, but subtle cuts here…

  • Goodbye to Language

    Goodbye to Language 2014

    ½ Watched 10 Apr, 2015 6

    One of the worst films I have ever watched. I don't even know if I should call it a film. It's a joke that I just want to forget. The joke is on anyone watching the film. It's atrocious and at 70 minutes it has no business whatsoever feeling as long as it does.

    It is incoherent, it looks horrendous, sort of like a random selection of stupid YouTube clips and it is full of "I'm so smart"-quotes from all…

  • Marshland

    Marshland 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 09 Apr, 2015

    There's some True Detective and some Memories of Murder in here. Maybe just a hint of The Secret in Their Eyes as well. But enough with the comparisons. Actually, just go read Crim's review - says it all right here:

    And just like Crim said, those fucking aerial shots.

  • Wild Life

    Wild Life 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Apr, 2015

    It started out fantastically, but the last half hour took a turn that I did not really enjoy.

    It has beautiful scenes full of warmth and truth and they are shot perfectly. Mathieu K in the lead is phenomenal, so it is a shame they sort of veer away from him at one point.

  • Buzzard

    Buzzard 2014

    ★★★ Watched 09 Apr, 2015

    First film of CPH PIX and along with that my first experience with a film festival. Great stuff.

    I was on board for the first half, but the last half hour lost me a little bit. Momentum was lost, and things slowed down a little. There was also a slightly sour tone that put me off.

    On the other hand, what a great lead performance! He was born to be on screen - such a great look for film.

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game 2014

    ★★★ Watched 01 Apr, 2015

    It never leaves the ground. It feels so similar to Theory of Everything in a way. They were both all out standard with decent performances and nothing really exciting going on.