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  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★½

    "Well, it is fun to be queen sometimes."

    And, boy, you can't imagine how much fun it is but it's also the most decadent thing imaginable in the eyes of Yorgos Lanthimos and the decadence spreads wide in this darkly funny and biting film full of plotting, scheming, random cursing and crude behavior.

    It's as if someone injected Barry Lyndon with a healthy dose of agility and a penchant for fisheye lense shots because the source music used by Bach…

  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★★★

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

    What audacity, Mr. Shyamalan!

    Now that the connections had been made between Unbreakable and Split, everyone's mind was probably going bonkers over what direction Glass was going to take and what does M. Night Shyamalan do? He shatters your beliefs — but in a good way, trust me.

    What if everything you've seen so far is the product of rationally explainable chains of events and acute skill sets of three incredibly talented albeit not gifted individuals? What if it's all…

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  • A Pact

    A Pact

    ★★★½

    Auch wenn die Dialoge vielleicht nicht die geschliffenst authentischen sein mögen, so geht von ihrer leicht hölzernen, vorgetragen wirkenden Art doch eine morbide Faszination aus, die von der überaus dramatisierten, mysteriösen Atmosphäre des Films getragen wird.

    Ein ungewöhnlicher Jugendpakt hat ungeahnte Folgen im späteren Leben mehrerer Menschen in dieser Geschichte voller Intrigen, begleitet von einem wundervollen, virtuosen Piano-Thema für die zentrale Figur der Anna.

    Zu Beginn mag einem der spezifisch gewählte zeitliche Handlungsort als Aufhänger der Geschichte irrelevant erscheinen aber kurz vor Schluss fügen sich dann die Puzzle-Teilchen bitterböse zusammen.

  • Der zweite Mann

    Der zweite Mann

    ★★★

    Ein etwas verwirrend inszenierter aber dennoch spannender Film über einen Wirtschaftsprüfer, der unsaubere Machenschaften aufdeckt. Sehr solide für eine TV Produktion und mit erstaunlicher Härte inszeniert zum Ende hin.

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  • Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

    Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

    ★★★★

    An Indonesian rape and revenge film that somehow feels less exploitative and more grounded than comparable genre-fare. Also, it's not as visually dark and depressing as one might expect from such material but rather glary.

    It's definitely a mood-piece because the film relies heavily on its images along Marlina's journey and is therein definitely akin to the western genre, which also applies to the plot, which is pretty straightforward and without too many twists or turns. Some might take away…

  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★½

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

    The emotional core and the Hurwitz score flat out killed me on this second viewing.

    I noticed little moments like Neil seeing a specter of his daughter at a fellow astronauts' funeral and I really noticed his motivation behind going to the moon, portrayed as an unbelievably personal one and, if I had only one word to describe the film, it would be just that: personal.

    This is not a film about a Go, USA! flag planting moment, it's about…