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  • The Haunting of Hill House

    The Haunting of Hill House

    ★★

    I'm Dutch, so I couldn't get used to Michiel Huisman's Dutch accent. But that was actually the least of my worries while watching The Haunting of Hill House. Nearly everything irritated me. The smart-ass kids with their styled hairdos, the one-dimensional characters, some pretty unconvincing acting, the over the top house, the hackneyed horror clichés, the predictability, everything felt so contrived that I think this is the horror equivalent to Fifty Shades of Grey.

  • The Sinner

    The Sinner

    ★★★½

    A fine piece of entertainment, with an effective suspense build-up and an intriguing character established by Bill Pullman.

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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…

  • The 400 Blows

    The 400 Blows

    ★★★★

    The 400 Blows is a beautiful, amazingly timeless tale about how a boy gradually descends into a life of crime, stimulated by a detached upbringing.

    The film is a semi-autobiography of its legendary director Francois Truffaut, and it was one of Akira Kurosawa's favorite films. I can understand why. Truffaut managed to establish a sense of realism and matter-of-factness that was rare for the time, when a lot of films still felt like melodramatic stage-plays.

    The acting is impressively natural, the black and white cinematography adds to the authenticity, and I loved the poetic ending.