• Beautiful Beings

    Beautiful Beings

    ★★★

    Coming of age in Iceland seems tough as hell. Excellent teen actors, but the film tries too hard to be brutal and full of misery, with no real sense of direction.

    Well worth watching, but I expected more, since I really liked "Heartstone".

  • Hardcore Never Dies

    Hardcore Never Dies

    ★★½

    The shittiest music and the ugliest dance style, but it's still a bit fun watching the 17 year old prodigy piano player turning into a full-blown hardcore gabber maniac. Predictable story with a Trainspottish vibe, but "Beats" (2019) is so much better.

  • The Iron Claw

    The Iron Claw

    ★★

    Harsh words, but while "The Wrestler" by Aronofsky is real, "The Iron Claw" felt fake.

    The tragedies that follow this wrestling family are truly a curse. The story is so good, but the film lets most of it go to waste. There's no chemistry, no energy, no power, no feelings. "The Wrestler" has all of that.

    When the actors are not convincing (Zac Efron is especially stiff), the sound is lame and the editing at times is really bad (for…

  • The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    ★★★½

    Heil Hitler et cetera.

  • Red Rooms

    Red Rooms

    ★★★

    A fresh Canadian mixture of courtroom drama and tech thriller, which moves in its own way. I'm impressed by Pascal Plante, who allows the film to progress slowly, with long takes and good acting (even though the Clementine character kind of ruined the realism for me).

    The lust for morbidity is there in the courtroom, with the reporters, people wanting to see the gruesomeness, but it's also there with me as a voyeur watching the film. The absence of violence…

  • John Wick: Chapter 4

    John Wick: Chapter 4

    Wtf is this shit?! I thought this was supposed to be a well made movie with completely outstanding action scenes?

    Look at the scene at 37:36 (right after Akira climbs the stairs stabbing the fat guy). It looks so lame, so slow and so overly choreographed. Also, all shooters suck and can't aim and kill even at close range. Kenau Reeves moves like a 90 year old (look at the scene at 38:37-39:37). It's so bad that the fake wrestling…

  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★½

    I'm ten years late here, but from what I understand these films are hailed because of the action scenes? In this first one, I'm sincerely unimpressed. I've seen better action in 80's Hong Kong movies. I'll check John Wick 4 to see what the fuzz is all about.

  • Heroic

    Heroic

    ★★½

    Film #14 at the Göteborg Film Festival 2024.

    Adds a strange touch to the usual military sadistic coming of age dramas by ending scenes abruptly, not showing what and why. I didn't quite understand that take. Will rewatch this later.

  • Kalak

    Kalak

    ★★★

    Film #13 at the Göteborg Film Festival 2024.

    Like my friend Claudio said, "Kalak" puts focus on the least interesting parts. We've already seen stories dealing with compulsive cheating disorder, and that becomes a bit zzz... Paedophilia and drug abuse is shown, but rarely, and thus never dealt with (maybe that's the message?). Yes, we've seen those movies as well, but when a great film maker like Isabella Eklöf is in charge, I expect something more hard hitting than cheating.

    Besides that, I have a soft spot for Danish films. They're almost always well crafted and feature good actors.

  • Dario Argento Panico

    Dario Argento Panico

    ★★½

    If you - like me - expected to see Dario Argento at work at this hotel, coming up with a new movie, think again. This is total talking heads, and that's good enough.

    In fact, they should have skipped the hotel parts altogether. They are just a waste of time. This doc needs a Part Two which dives deeper.

  • Last Shadow at First Light

    Last Shadow at First Light

    ★★½

    Film #12 at the Göteborg Film Festival 2024.

    Everything seemed right for me when reading about this film. I was eager to rate this very high, but I couldn't get into it. There are moments of desperation, anguish and grief that speak to me, but overall this was too slow and uninteresting... I need a rewatch.

  • Days of Happiness

    Days of Happiness

    ★★★

    Film #11 at the Göteborg Film Festival 2024.

    I don't have the time to think or write about these movies at the Göteborg Film Festival right now, so I might return with a review later.