• Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    ★★★★★

    What an incredible shot! The camera passes through the faces of people with their reactions ranging from from despair to utter disgust. It looks like something out of silent comedy. An amazing movie. Not as visually striking as some of Fassbinder's other movies but still very rich nonetheless. All in all, this film is a great way to start Fassbinder in my opinion if you want to watch some of his films. It's certainly an easier watch than almost all…

  • Get Carter

    Get Carter

    ★★★★½

    "You know, I'd almost forgotten what your eyes looked like. Still the same. Pissholes in the snow."

  • American Psycho

    American Psycho

    ★★★★½

    Bale was born here.

  • Joan the Maid I: The Battles

    Joan the Maid I: The Battles

    ★★★★½

    Rivette takes on historical epic and absolutely nails it...to the cross.

    Don't expect the usual historical movie b.s. This is really more about what went on behind the scenes and is all the better for it bec the dialogue and the situations are meant to be historically accurate. Joan was first and foremost smart and intelligent before she was a great fighter.

    Rivette has done a great job with the scale on a low-budget and William Lubtchansky has made sure that it doesn't look like filmed theater.

  • The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven

    ★★★½

    It's not as bad as I thought it would be. The ensemble cast made it worth my time.

  • Under the Bridges

    Under the Bridges

    ★★★★½

    First of all, it is fucking hard to believe that this movie was made in 1946! In Germany! Actually I've read that it had to wait to get a release as it would have been impossible to release it a few months before for obvious fucking reasons.
    Even more amazing is the fact that it contains little propaganda or reference to war. I don't know if this film is popular in Germany or not but Germans should be truly proud…

  • The Shallows

    The Shallows

    ★★★★

    I fully expect this to become a cult classic. Such high concept aren't easy to execute convincingly, but The Shallows sticks to the plan and doesn't try to please every fucking demographic out there.

  • Omen

    Omen

    ★★½

    As allegorical as Werckmeister Harmories but lacking its soul and philosophical dimension. Like Tarr, Alcoriza doesn't believe in socialist action; herd mentality to him is our downfall. The film, written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, deals with how a sleepy village is torn to pieces when a widwife announces that something bad is going to happen. The themes may be relevant but their execution is haphazard and heavyhanded.

  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★★★

    A Masterpiece - then and now.

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs

    ★★½

    This isn't terrible, but I was expecting a classic.

  • A Better Tomorrow

    A Better Tomorrow

    ★★★★★

    John Woo really should have stayed in Hong Kong. This movie is fucking incredible. It shows you that you don't have to have the most original story to make something great out of it. The two brothers on the opposite sides of the law thing has been done to death but this movie makes you feel like you're watching it for the first time. How the fuck did Woo do it? Well, the themes of love and loyalty and the…

  • The Tin Drum

    The Tin Drum

    ★★★½

    A strange cult-movie that overstays its welcome but is rather fascinating nonetheless. The obvious symbolic nature of the whole thing is both inviting and alienating, for it could use a little more context. Works best as a rite of passage movie.