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  • I Kill Giants

    I Kill Giants

    „You don‘t wanna get too close to me. People close to me get hurt.“

    When I read I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly, my grandfather had just died of cancer. For other reasons as well, I was probably at the lowest point of my life so far. The comic resonated with me like no other one before. I think I understand myself better because of I Kill Giants and I even believe it contributed to me getting better. I didn’t…

  • Like Father

    Like Father

    Kristen Bell as teenage detective Veronica Mars was my first crush on a fictional character. I followed her career ever since. I don‘t like most of her romantic comedies and I thought I would see one here, but that wasn‘t the case. Like Father is an honest piece on reconciling with the past to move forward in the present and the future. It sells some simple truths and most of them aren‘t very new. The movie is not groundbreaking in…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road is the most remarkable movie of the 21st century. I have seen this film about 10 times and it still holds up. It is a densely constructed tale featuring feminist and socialist criticism of societal structures barely hidden in a 2-hour-long action sequence. There is no other movie that depicts toxic masculinity and capitalism as a stupid, destructive religion this effective. Using action as a delivery mechanism for these ideas makes it all the more appealing,…

  • Metropolis

    Metropolis

    This epic fuses genres and motives like science fiction, the Freaky Friday-routine, a love story and social drama perfectly and casual like it isn‘t a big deal. Production design and special effects are perfectly over the top. Fritz Lang and Thea von Harbou were way ahead of their time. Metropolis is absolutely worth its two and a half hours runtime.

  • Okja

    Okja

    This is a horror movie and the horror was the meat we ate all along.

  • Warning Shadows

    Warning Shadows

    Watching German movies from the 1920s always makes me wonder how German movies would look today, if the Nazis wouldn‘t have killed, banned and exiled all this creative energy. The surreal and strangely gothic style of Schatten makes it very impactful. This production design gives German movies of this period their own fingerprint and the shadow play of the traveling artist looks like it relates to the works of Lotte Reiniger, one of the first animators ever. There’s even a…

  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    Paddington 2 is as delightful, inclusive and lighthearted as its predecessor. I love how easy this movie mixes a hint of Wes Anderson with a clear progressive attitude and a coherent script in a movie for a target audience under 12. Paul King did an amazing job on both, screenwriting and directing. The loving, non-cynical humor feels genuine and honest. Paddington 2 features a magical world, in which the magic happens in people's hearts, not in the mouth of a walking, talking, marmalade sandwich-munching bear.

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    This is not a movie. There is no development in any of the 271 characters, some of them don't even have motivation to do what they do, especially Thanos.

    This is not a movie. This thing doesn't even make sense on its own.

    This is not a movie. This is an episode of a mediocre TV show with a very expensive cast.

    This is not a movie. This is a popcorn selling machine.

    This is not a movie. This thing…

  • The Nothing Factory

    The Nothing Factory

    The Nothing Factory tries to paint a picture of the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008 in Portugal. There is much talk about the end of capitalism, Marxist and other ideas to move forward or theoretical discussions about the value of work that are set in contrast to the practical problems of workers.

    I have two major problems with this movie. First of all, it is way too long and clunky. The Nothing Factory has no style, there are…

  • Wild

    Wild

    Claudia hat nen Schäferhund
    Und den hat sie nicht ohne Grund - Die Ärzte

    I have no conclusive opinion on this one. Kinda weird and a metaphor for something, I guess, but not weird (or absurd) enough to put enough distance between itself and reality to properly reflect on reality. Wild did not click with me.

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes concludes the trilogy started by Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011. This was the ninth movie I have seen of this franchise and I could still watch more. After the iconic Planet of the Apes from 1968 and the harsh and steady decline afterwards, the failed attempt at a remake of the original movie in 2001, this new trilogy seems to be the most interesting.

    There aren't many movies in…

  • Kubo and the Two Strings

    Kubo and the Two Strings

    Kubo is about family and the power of stories. The movie intertwines these themes just perfectly. The setting in feudal Japan and the fantastic elements make it whole. I especially loved the finale and the role of Kubo‘s magical shamisen in it. In addition to that, Laika seems to have perfected the art of combining stop-motion and 3D animation. Even in contrast to their amazing earlier works like Coraline or ParaNorman, Kubo and the Two Strings looks just stunning.