• Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    ★★★★

    Watched this with a live orchestra. Amazing experience!

  • The Card Counter

    The Card Counter

    ★★★½

    I was the only person in the cinema, so I got to see Oscar Isaac perform for two hours in solitude. What an amazing experience! Isaac has become one of my favorite actors and in The Card Counter he once again shows his acting skills.

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★½

    "Tonight, I saw how wonderful a reboot can be!" Spielberg's 'West Side Story' both stays true to the original but also updates it into the 21st century. I like how it feels classical and modern at the same. If you've seen the 1961 version, you know the story, the songs, the characters, ... But the characters get just a little more depth, the cinematography is stunning. The female characters steal the screen: Rachel Zegler's debut performance, Rita Moreno's reboot appearance…

  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★★½

    Luca isn't your typical Disney-Pixar film: there is no big journey and the stakes aren't really high. Just two young boys who want to get a Vespa.

    But its simplicity is its strength: the straight-forward story is enriched by the very likable characters, the beautiful animation, little funny moments and the Italian holiday atmosphere. I liked how, despite their differences, Luca and Alberto help each other grow.

    It didn't work out complex concepts like the ingenious Inside Out or build a fabulous world like Coco, but it instantly tugged at my heartstrings. And sometimes that's the most important thing a good film has to do.

  • Cruella

    Cruella

    ★★★★

    What a great movie to finally return the cinemas!

    Cruella was a treat: great performances by the duo of Emma's, costumes to die for (they HAVE to get an Academy Award nomination for this) and the decision to set it in the 70s allows for a fabulous soundtrack.

    Cruella also succeeds where Maleficent didn't deliver for me: in its origin story. Whereas Maleficent was turned into a tragic character, Cruella's wickedness is inherent to her. Sure, she is not completely…

  • James and the Giant Peach

    James and the Giant Peach

    ★★★½

    I remember watching this movie in primary school, where it left a big impression on me as a child. Now is the first time I've seen it again and while it did not hit as hard as then, I think 'James and the Giant Peach' is still a fun family film. The stop-motion is great to look at, the runtime matches the straight-forward story and the characters of James & the bugs are as sweet as a peach!

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★½

    Nomadland provides some very beautiful shots, a soothing soundtrack, a great performance by Frances McDormand, gives insight into the lives of nomads and some interesting thoughts about life. Still, it didn't move me as much as I thought it would do. Nevertheless, very interesting that the Academy would give the Oscar for Best Picture to the movie that would not typically fit the bill.

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★

    I never had a strong interest in the Academy Award for Sound, but this movie needs to absolutely win this year in this category. The film is a great exploration of losing your passion and how to deal with an impactful change in your life. Riz Ahmed gives a wonderful performance!

  • The Ugly Duckling

    The Ugly Duckling

    ★★★★½

    I've watched this short multiple times throughout the years and EVERY. SINGLE. TIME tears well up when the Ugly Duckling has faced all the hardships in its short life. I love that the Ugly Duckling eventually finds a place where he is accepted and fits in. Some people may feel like this in real life and have probably dealt with this far longer than the title character of this short, but I believe that eventually everyone can find a crowd where they belong.

  • Rocketman

    Rocketman

    ★★★★

    Taron Egerton absolutely steals the show as Elton John. 'Rocketman' does the rockstar biopic better than 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by adding some musical-like scenes and making the songs a visual feasts. Props to Egerton for singing himself!

  • The Breakfast Club

    The Breakfast Club

    ★★★★

    "Each one of us is a brain... and an athlete ...and a basket case ...a princess ...and a criminal."

    'The Breakfast Club' is the essential high school movie. So many teenage films and show owe a lot to this master work of John Hughes. Some scenes feel off nowadays, but the core principle of five different teenagers finding common ground remains relevant today.

  • 20th Century Women

    20th Century Women

    ★★★★

    20th Century Women tells the story of Dorothea, a mother who seeks the help of two other women to help raise her son, Jamie. As Jamie learns more about the world and what it means to be a good man, Dorothea finds out that letting go is more difficult than she imagined.

    This movie shows an interesting mother-son relationship and the unorthodox family dynamic allows for many interesting character interactions. An original film that celebrates individuality, but also the influence of other people on your own life.

    P.S. I guess I'm also more of an art fag.