Andreas Mortensen
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  • Onibaba

    Onibaba

    ★★★★½

    The mask on the poster and in the film is a Hannya mask, used in certain Japanese theatre. While the name comes from the word for “wise” it’s not referring to the mask itself, but supposedly to the artist who made it. Focusing on the wisdom needed to perfect the design. 

    The mask is used to portray women who have become demons due to jealousy, but there’s so much more depth than just some troll with horns. Look at it…

  • Fitzcarraldo

    Fitzcarraldo

    ★★★½

    This is a story about man’s hopeless efforts to try and make an imprint on the impossibly large world. And Fitzcarraldo sort of echoes the making of it. Just like Coppola with Apocalypse Now, and maybe Noel Marshall and his crew with Roar, Werner Herzog went through the physical hardships and change that his characters do in the finished product.

    Fitzgerald is a romantic artist whose vision, in his eyes, will enrich the people of the world and broaden the…

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  • Cinema Paradiso

    Cinema Paradiso

    ★★★½

    This is such a romantic, idealistic film. So optimistic and passionate about youth and purpose. Cinema Paradiso obviously is for us, and I think it’s packaged in the most wonderful story.

    It’s kind of hard to believe that a sweet film about a love for cinema itself launched the hight of a country’s film industry. Its historical place is almost too beautiful. A passionate movie that inspired passion.

  • Climax

    Climax

    ★★★½

    A group of dancers are drugged with psychedelics during a party. That’s it. But it’s played out in real time, and Gaspar’s trademark visual style overloads Climax with an insane trip.

    The characters are given vague backstories so that their actions while freaking out by the end make sense. The development is so gradual, and at the same time surprising and bonkers, that once anxiety and absolute terror hits, it hits like a brick wall.

    You do not go into many of this guy’s films expecting characters and plot. I highly recommend the experience and drama.


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  • Mary Shelley

    Mary Shelley

    ★★★

    Mary Shelley was a complex woman. She was interesting and had strong opinions and believed in her values. This is not Mary Shelley, and frankly, I'm sick and tired of these fairytale versions of actual people and events.

    Do these people think that we, the audience, can't connect with, and empathize with a person with complicated, real emotions? Do they think we can't understand the sometimes differing moral values of a person from a different time?

    Mary Shelley and her…

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★½

    Well, it finally happened. The film that made my man Yorgos a crowd pleaser. And it happened without him abandoning even a slither of his integrity and creativity. The filmmaking joy that first brought us Dogtooth; the weird director who came out of some obscure cinema market. He has finally transformed into that higher place of being, into that succulent freshness that only a great and commercially viable filmmaker could give us. 

    How many has done it? Victor Sjöström? Charlie…