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  • Unbreakable
  • Perfect Blue
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • The White Ribbon

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  • Return to Seoul

    ★★★

  • Broker

    ★★★½

  • Butterfly Vision

    ★★★

  • 1976

    ★½

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  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    Netflix

    Let me just say that I loathe Adam McKay. He's made one movie that's not a total piece of crap, somehow got dozens of awards and nominations for that and now for some reason he's one of the more popular directors in Hollywood? That pretentious, talentless dick can fuck right off. Don't Look Up is one of those movies you shouldn't look up, because honestly the most impressive thing about this disaster is the insane ensemble of stars.
    Don't…

  • The Wind Rises

    The Wind Rises

    ★★★★★

    Netflix

    Not sure how controversial I'm gonna be with this take, but out of all the Studio Ghibli movies I've seen so far I think this is the best one, better than Spirited Away, better than Grave of the Fireflies and better than My Neighbor Totoro. I think this review is mainly gonna be me explaining why I prefer The Wind Rises over Spirited Away (which seems to be most people's favorite Ghibli/Miyazaki movie).
    As usual with Miyazaki films, the…

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  • Return to Seoul

    Return to Seoul

    ★★★

    Arcades, Salle 2, Cannes (Cannes Film Festival)

    Lmao watching this after Broker is just perfect. I really like how every woman in Freddie's life either is pushed by or pushes her away, and only the men (that show their feelings in.... interesting ways) remain without her having a solid connection to them. There were some beautiful shots, but ultimately I think this movie would've worked better if the main character was more sympathetic, or if I had a better understanding of why she acts this way.

    2022 ranked

    Trips to the cinema 2022

  • Broker

    Broker

    ★★★½

    Arcades, Salle 1, Cannes (Cannes Film Festival)

    A really nice company piece to Shoplifters. I really enjoy that there are no evil characters or true antagonists in this movie (similar to Shoplifters). All characters are very sympathetic and/or have good reasons to do what they do. The interactions between every character is endearing as well. It's a very kind movie, and that makes it easy and fun to watch but also a bit unchallenging. The movie is neither predictable nor unpredictable, and I love that not everything about every character is plainly spelled out.

    2022 ranked

    Trips to the cinema 2022

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  • Promise of Pisa

    Promise of Pisa

    Someone asked me on WhatsApp for my opinion on this movie so I wrote this on my phone.

    De regisseur snapt niks van de Amsterdamse cultuur, de Nederlands-Marokkaanse cultuur en de jongerencultuur, en dat blijkt. Waaraan is dat te zien? Een opsomming:
    - de dialogen zijn nogal... slecht. Als reactie op een pesterige en zelfs racistische opmerking reageert Sam, een Nederlands-Marokkaanse jongen, met het 'scheldwoord' 'kankerwortel'. Nu beweer ik niet alles te weten van de achtergrond en cultuur van Nederlandse…

  • X

    X

    ★★★½

    Ketelhuis, Zaal 2, Amsterdam (Press Screening)

    The entire opening sequence is basically a recreation of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It almost entirely takes place in a van, except when they stop for gas, there is a lot of associative imagery with cattle, the main characters arrive at an old farm in the middle of nowhere in Texas. Even the lighting is similar. Though it sounds like a knock-off, it actually doesn't feel like one.
    X references multiple horror movies…