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  • Fast & Furious

    Fast & Furious

    ★★½

    Watched on Blu-Ray

    After "2 Fast 2 Furious" and "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" had ensured that the high-speed franchise was driven into a dead end by oily screwdriver fantasies and breakneck road races, first artistically and then commercially, with the accelerator pedal depressed, clear overhaul work had to be carried out on the Fast & Furious brand, which originally had a broad impact. To get back on the road to success, there was only one possibility: The two…

  • Ocean Waves

    Ocean Waves

    ★★★

    Watched on Blu-Ray

    Studio Ghibli. For many, this is the first, sometimes only access to Japanese animated films, or anime for short. The studio is the figurehead for Eastern animated films, synonymous with Disney in the West. And its icon is Hayao Miyazaki, and on top of that Isao Takahata is still familiar to some. The fact that the studio produced some more movies on top of that is rather unknown to many.

    This also includes "Ocean Waves" (the German…

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  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    Watched on Netflix

    He gave us Children of Men, one of the most exciting dystopias of all time. He gave us the best Harry Potter movie. And now Alfonso Cuarón gives us his most personal work so far. Roma is nothing but pure life in 2 hours 14 minutes of concentrated form.

    The film breathes authenticity from every pore. Almost documentary and in astonishing technical and visual brilliance, Cuarón portrays the everyday life of two housemaids in 1970's Mexico. Their…

  • Aladdin

    Aladdin

    ★★½

    Watched in the cinema

    Well, first of all, I didn't hate Guy Ritchie's live-action version of Aladdin. But I didn't like it very much either.

    Princess Jasmine and the Genie are by far the best about this colorful reinterpretation, which is story-wise and in some scenes also staged very much like the cartoon from 1992, but above all in the characterization of the well-known characters it offers interesting and sometimes really misguided paths.

    Jasmine is staged here just as intelligently…