• The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    Thank God for subtitles!

    The Tragedy of Macbeth is without a doubt the best film to come out of Hollywood this year, and one of the best Shakespeare adaptations ever put on screen. In a rare solo effort, Joel Coen proves once again why he is one of the best working directors today. The Tragedy of Macbeth is a film that fires on all cylinders; the directing, the cinematography, the editing, the score, the costume and set design, and of…

  • On the Waterfront

    On the Waterfront

    ★★★★★

    On the Waterfront is my favourite film of all time. To me, the film is absolutely perfect, and I've tried to convey why, to the best of my ability.
    Needles to say perhaps, as the film is almost 70 years old, but this review contains spoilers.

    On the Waterfront is one of those films where the story behind the story is just as interesting as the film itself. In 1952, during the “red scare”, two years before the release of…

  • Quo vadis, Aida?

    Quo vadis, Aida?

    Quo Vadis Aida is by no means a “bad” film, but it is certainly not a great film either. It falls in the unflattering category of serviceable, and thus forgettable films. Everything about Quo Vadis Aida is alright. It is competently made, the look and sound of the film is fine, (although I personally really missed a score) and so is the acting. 

    So, what is the problem with Quo Vadis Aida? The problem is that the film is just…

  • Never Look Away

    Never Look Away

    In all honesty, I was extremely hesitant to watch Never Look Away. I haven’t watched that many German films, and as such I didn’t quite know what to expect. Furthermore, the film is three hours long. Luckily, the film was great and I didn’t feel the runtime at any point.

    The overall story of Never Look Away is extremely intriguing and heartfelt. It managed to hook me from the beginning and make me emotionally invested. It is a very personal…

  • Chinatown

    Chinatown

    ★★★★½

    Chinatown is one of those films that gets better each time I watch it, and each time I’ve watched it, prior to today, I’ve been left not knowing whether to rate a 4 or a 4,5. This time, however, I knew exactly what to rate it, and I’m quite shocked that I have ever rated it lower than 4,5. Chinatown is an absolute masterpiece, and after watching it this time, I love it more than ever.

    Released in the same…

  • Happening

    Happening

    The Golden Lion have been awarded to the film of the year at the Venice Film Festival ever since 1949. The Golden Lion is regarded as one of the most prestigious and distinguished awards in the film industry and previous winners include films such as Rashomon, Last Year at Marienbad, Ivan’s Childhood, Joker, Nomadland, and many other fantastic films. This years winner was L'evenement.

    L'evenement is the sophomore film from French director Audrey Diwan and stars Anamaria Vartolomei. The film…

  • Apples

    Apples

    Apples, the debut feature film by Greek director Christos Nikou, is a sad yet beautiful film about memory loss, grief, identity, and love. Apples follows a middle aged man named Aris, who lives in a world where people get spontaneous and everlasting amnesia. He himself is struck by what seems to be amnesia, and must undergo recovery. However, in this world there is no recovery, instead patients are giving somewhat mundane tasks to complete in order to get back to…

  • The Bad Sleep Well

    The Bad Sleep Well

    ★★★★½

    Akira Kurosawa, Japan’s undisputed master of cinema, is mostly known for his sweeping samurai epics such as Seven Samurai, Ran, Kagemusha, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo etc.… These films are all great, masterpieces even. With this film, Akira Kurosawa showed once again that his cinematic genius would not be limited to samurai films only. The Bad Sleep Well is a fantastic noir thriller about corporate corruption, greed, inhumanity, and family. It might be a top 5 Kurosawa.

    The first thing I’ll…

  • A Touch of Zen

    A Touch of Zen

    As far as wuxia films goes, this is pretty good!

    Released in its entirety in 1971, A Touch of Zen is the precursor to modern wuxia classics such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero. Compared to modern Wuxia, A Touch of Zen is undoubtedly a slower film and less outrages in terms of the action. However, the influence is crystal clear! In A Touch of Zen you will find many of the tropes that have come to define wuxia…

  • The Piano

    The Piano

    Wow, I really loved this film!

    The Piano is a somewhat “old” film, it is from 1993 and thus almost 30 years old. Yet, for some reason, it has been all over my Letterboxd and my social media, etc. for these last few weeks. It sounds weird, but it’s like I’ve seen the poster everywhere as of resent, which is why I decided to finally watch it.

    The Piano is undoubtedly one the best films I have seen in a…

  • Eternals

    Eternals

    So, I just saw Eternals and I have to say, it did not disappoint. This might be the best MCU film yet. Keep in my mind that I am not the biggest MCU fan. I have liked most of the films, but never once have I left theater thinking “this was a great film”. I wasn’t quite there with Eternals either, but it’s the closest I’ve ever been.

    If you thought Endgame was the biggest movie marvel could make in…

  • Pale Rider

    Pale Rider

    Pale Rider is an odd film. The story is like Once Upon a Time In the West meets Seven Samurai (minus 6), set in the world of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. I love westerns and especially Clint Eastwood westerns, thus I was surprised that I had never heard of this film before. It turns out, that the reason for why I hadn’t heard of it before, is because its pretty bad… 

    Pale Rider looks like it was shot…