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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★

    First Reformed surprised me three times.

    When I started viewing it, I was afraid this would be a drama about church-related child abuse. But it wasn't.

    Then the discussion about abortion started, and I expected that to become the main subject. But it didn't.

    And then there was the unexpected ending.

    I think First Reformed could have been a powerful film, but the story development and the potential impact of the moral message gradually fell apart, along with the main…

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★

    Any film where Nicolas Cage becomes Nicolas Rage can't fail.

    Mandy is a fascinating phantasmagoria of trippy visual effects and references to 1980s horror films, wrapped in a pleasantly feverish David Lynch atmosphere.

    I particularly loved the intoxicating, brooding atmosphere when the megalomaniacal cult leader introduces himself to his drugged female hostage.

    The scene where Nic Cage goes through several stages of extreme grief and anger within a couple of minutes, while sitting on a toilet, wearing his underpants and…

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  • Antichrist

    Antichrist

    ★★★★★

    Antichrist left quite an impression on me. The level of creativity and originality in this movie is rare and comparable with masterpieces like Eraserhead by David Lynch.

    Let me start by stating that this movie is clearly one of those 'either you love it or hate it' cases. The explicit sexual content and unconventional approach to horror is definitely not suitable for Hollywood aficionados.

    Lars von Trier proves he is a true maestro in establishing a very effective feeling of…

  • Captain Phillips

    Captain Phillips

    ★★★★

    Great movie, with top class performances by both Tom Hanks and the Somalian actors. A tense drama that leaves you on the edge of your seat, with the added dimension of the film being based on a true story, although you wish these things wouldn't happen for real.