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  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★½

    „Little pigs, little pigs, let me come in. Not by the hair of your chiny-chin-chins? Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in.“ (Jack Torrance)

    This time I finally saw the Extended Cut for the first time. Kubrick's third last movie never really blew me away for whatever reasons, but this time I was very impressed with its power and impact. Maybe because I consumed the novel by now, maybe it was the version.
    I´ll never…

  • American Psycho

    American Psycho

    ★★★★½

    „I simply am not there.“ (Patrick Bateman)

    Although the action takes place in the 80s and the movie also strives to precisely match the setting and atmosphere of this decade, it´s more a matter of universal core messages, regardless of time and place that are made. Merciless competition in the modern performance society, the increasing brutalization and blindness to the suffering and problems of others, greed for profit.
    The renovation of Paul Allen´s penthouse "behind closed doors" is only a…

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  • Planet of the Apes

    Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★

    „I see you've brought the female of your species. I didn't realize that man could be monogamous.“ (Dr. Zaius)

    „On this planet, it's easy.“ (Taylor)

    You don't have to write much about one of the most well-known and subtext-rich science fiction movies of the 60s and 70s, which has meanwhile become a bit dusty, technically alone and partly because of that has already undergone a few re-imagenings, but the (post-) apocalypse still works very well here in its satirical, oppressive…

  • Commando

    Commando

    ★★★½

    „Attention all units, emergency on theater level, suspect six foot two, brown hair. He's one gigantic motherfucker!“ (security man)

    Three bodies in the first four minutes, all caused by a wonderfully mean Bill Duke, two years before his appearance in "Predator", followed by oiled-up muscles in close-ups, several body parts and shortly afterwards the whole Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was still clearly in "Terminator"-juice and brought along his brawn, his fabulously stiff facial expressions, an “I'll be back!” and his haircut…

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  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★

    „The more I know, the more sure I am I know so little.“ (Andre Delambre)

    Basically, one could brush the adaptation of the short story by George Langelaan aside, which first appeared in 1957 in an english "Playboy" issue, staged by the exiled german director Neumann. Aside as another "mad scientist"-variation with a crude background.
    The budget was certainly not high, the laboratory as the actual center of attention comes across as a rather obscure facility, with glowing tubes, lots…

  • Manhunter

    Manhunter

    ★★★★½

    „What are you dreaming?“ (Will Graham)

    The very fact alone that the title was changed to the groundbreaking novel "Red Dragon" shows that it was not about creating a slavish adaptation and merely illustrating the source material, for those who find reading too exhausting and timeconsuming.
    Consequently, original author Thomas Harris was left out as a participant in the process to adapt his work for the cinema screen. Director and screenwriter Mann made the material his own vision, without revealing…