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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★½

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

    What "Eighth Grade" excels at is certainly a sense of realism. Not only because the writing and performances feel very genuine, but also because the film rarely feels like it wants to force its story into the confines of a movie arc. There are a lot of scenes which would have been used as a means for the central conflict to develop in other coming-of-age films and "Eighth Grade" rarely goes down that path.

    A good example of this is…

  • Night on Earth

    Night on Earth

    ★★★★★

    In my book, this is still Jarmusch's masterpiece.
    It may not be a perfect film, actually it definitely isn't, but I've probably given five stars to films that have oBjEcTiVeLy bigger flaws, so who cares what I do.

    I hadn't seen this in a few years and there were some things that actually surprised me this time around. For example, the L.A. segment felt much shorter than I remembered it, and the moment of bonding between Gena Rowlands and Winona…

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  • Heimat

    Heimat

    ★★★★★

    So to me, this is it: the crowning achievement of German cinema. I know that's a bold statement and I'm not pretending to have seen all relevant works to make said statement but to me, this is it. And this review is supposed to explain why because that's not the easiest feat.
    "Heimat" is tough to sell to people even if they're cinephiles and German. And it's easy to see why: It's a story about a fictional family in a…

  • Enemy

    Enemy

    ★★★★

    I've never been that great at analyzing films in search of a specific meaning especially if that meaning is to some extent hidden on purpose. However, even without being completely certain what Denis Villeneuve tried to express here, "Enemy" makes for a really interesting watch.
    I had previously only seen "Sicario" and "Prisoners" by Villeneuve and enjoyed both of them without regarding them as masterpieces like some people (maybe rightfully) do. Therefore I had relatively high expectations for "Enemy" and…