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  • The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    ★★★½

    The title of this film is already a short review. 🙂 I guess you could call it a Swedish take on the Forrest Gump theme. The narration style that's larded with flashbacks reminded me of Jaco van Dormael's films, particularly his Toto le Héros (1991) and Mr. Nobody (2009).

    I enjoyed the blend of cynicism and humor, but in the second half the film loses its momentum and starts to become a slightly dragging farce, reminiscent of old Swedish children's series.

  • The Tale

    The Tale

    ★★★★

    The Tale is a film that's hard to review properly. I've started this review four times and kept erasing what I had written. Let me just state that this is a very important tale to be told, on behalf of all victims of child abuse.

  • Air Doll

    Air Doll

    ★★★★

    Air Doll is a disarming, original, surreal story about an inflatable doll that comes alive. I'd describe the film as a modern fairy-tale that's larded with metaphors, wrapped in a pleasantly dreamy, poetic atmosphere, although there are also a few uncanny scenes.

    As the film progresses, an initially dormant tone of sadness becomes more prominent, and the beautiful soundtrack adds a lot to Air Doll's melancholy mood.

  • God's Own Country

    God's Own Country

    ★★★

    God's Own Country is a British countryside remix of Brokeback Mountain. I was a bit disappointed by that, as the many raving reviews had made me hope that this film would be a fresh, more inspired take on homosexual romance, in stead of a Brokeback Mountain revisit, featuring another two emotionally restricted farm boys, shepherding in a desolate rural setting, and initially featuring the same emphasis on rough sex scenes in stead of a more subtle approach, as in most…

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★

    The Florida Project is a very refreshing, realistic portrait of a struggling borderline mother and her daughter, predominantly viewed from the child's perspective.

    The performances and situations feel impressively authentic, and I'm sure a lot of scenes were improvised, especially the many amusing scenes in which the kids play or conversate.

    I also think Willem Dafoe did a fantastic job playing the apartment building's good-hearted manager.

  • A Kid

    A Kid

    ★★★½

    Le Fils de Jean is an endearing small-scale drama about the complexity of family relationships, with solid performances of the main characters.

  • Glengarry Glen Ross

    Glengarry Glen Ross

    ★★½

    Ever since I saw Alec Baldwin's classic speech scene from Glengarry Glen Ross on TV a number of years ago, I was interested to see the rest of the film, and in 2018 it finally happened.

    It turned out that the classic speech scene is situated at the beginning of the film, and subsequently I became bored by the constant sales business related blabber. Sometimes you've got a gut feeling that a film isn't going to work out for you,…

  • Soylent Green

    Soylent Green

    ★★★★

    Soylent Green was on my to-see list for a long time, and it didn't disappoint me. The subject matter is impressively visionary, predicting an overpopulated dystopian future where nature and fresh food have become extremely scarce due to environmental disasters caused by mankind. There are clearly Orwellian elements of totalitarian oppression, and there are also ingredients reminiscent of Blade Runner, such as a cynical cop as the main character in an environmentally fucked-up, overcrowded future.

    Interestingly, Blade Runner was made…

  • Smoke

    Smoke

    ★★★★

    The first time I saw Smoke was in an Amsterdam movie theatre when it was released in 1995, so I remembered almost nothing anymore when I decided to rewatch it in 2018.

    Smoke turned out to be a pleasant flashback to the 1990s. The film managed to almost make me miss the time that people smoked freely all around me.

    Harvey Keitel delivers a solid performance as Auggie, the owner of a small tobacco store in Brooklyn, welcoming a host…

  • The Quiet Earth

    The Quiet Earth

    ★★★

    The Quiet Earth is a hidden old 'indie' Sci-Fi gem from New Zealand. I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic stories, and this is an original take on the theme.

    I particularly enjoyed the first half, where a man wakes up in his bed to find out he seems to be the only human left on earth. I loved the surreal desolation of the nearby city he enters. As The Quiet Earth was made before moving subjects could be erased using CGI,…

  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space

    Killer Klowns from Outer Space

    ★★

    A film like Killer Klowns from Outer Space could only be produced in the 1980s: low-budget pulp with terrible acting, absurd situations and the humor level of... yes... a clown.

    I can appreciate 1980s camp, but this was a bit too naive and absurd to hold my attention. There were some funny moments and original ideas here and there, but I didn't find Killer Klowns from Outer Space as entertaining as I secretly hoped it would be. Maybe I should have emptied my whisky bottle in stead of drinking only a single glass.

  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★★

    Paterson is a cinematic tribute to the poetry of everyday life. The film portrays the daily routine of a sympathetic, down-to-earth bus driver with a typical Jarmusch rhythm. That rhythm is recurring in all kinds of ways, from the painted and baked patterns of his artistic girlfriend to the meditative repetition of the daily bus rides. The charismatic Adam Driver (what's in a name) steals your heart as the disarming, mild-mannered bus driver, and the soothing music and of course the written poetry complete the tranquil, timeless atmosphere.