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  • Happy Death Day 2U

    Happy Death Day 2U

    ★★

    Such a mess. I kind of loved the first one for what it is, a fun, dumb time-travel movie, but I really don’t think this one embraces that enough. Or offers anything that the first one doesn’t for that matter.

    There are some fun and sympathetic moments but the plot is so overcooked that it really doesn’t work as a whole. Despite Jessica Rothe carrying the whole thing again.

  • Lean on Pete

    Lean on Pete

    ★★★★

    Never in million years did I think this would be so sad. I expected something completely different. But nevertheless, it’s a raw, powerful drama film with a strong screenplay and great performances.

    This was my first Andrew Haigh film, I should probably watch more of those anytime soon, because this is quality. Unsurprisingly A24 doesn’t disappoint.

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  • The Reader

    The Reader

    ★★★½

    Firstly, I've never a seen a film with as much peeking as the first 10 minutes of this film.

    Secondly, David Kross was the real star, better than Winslet, whose career award was very deserved though.

    The most interesting way to interpret this...

    Michael is a victim of abuse. His emotional development stops at 15. He's incapable of forming healthy relationships because of his childhood experiences that he has falsely classified as love. 

    Hanna is a monster, partly responsible for the distant relationships of Michael's future. Michael only gets some true redemption when he finally opens up about his adolescent experiences to his daughter.

  • The Evil Dead

    The Evil Dead

    ★★★★

    Disgusting, disturbing, distracting. 

    Sam Raimi's 1981 classic Evil Dead really, really deserves to be called horror. And it probably still remains as his most wonderful directorial achievement. 

    I don't even consider myself as a horror fan, but making a horror film this raw, wild and daring, without much false notes, certainly earns my respect.

    And that ending is just stunning. Wow.