Favorite films

  • Leviathan
  • Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks
  • Mirror
  • The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)

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  • Ad Astra

    ★★★★

  • Death on the Nile

    ★★★½

  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    ★★★½

  • The Wrong Missy

    ★★½

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  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    As published elsewhere in Sept. 2019:

    There is no need for a Space Odyssey to face onself.

    And the camera pans, contrary to the title, away from the stars and towards the earth. "Ad astra per aspera" / "Through hardships to the stars": The hardships, however, were left out, pushed aside. After all, it is much easier to reach directly for the stars instead.

    "Ad Astra" is in many ways the antithesis to the great space odyssey from 1968. While…

  • Death on the Nile

    Death on the Nile

    ★★★½

    I’d like to think of this film as a mere melancholic memory of Hercule Poirot, seeing how his scenes with Bouc have such a strongly surreal touch (the otherworldly encounter at the CGI pyramids and their little chat at dusk with the purple sky and the mesmerizing waves generated by the boats motor), and his dialogues with Salome Otterbourne are particularly out there. Besides, the outside world consistently seems very picturesque and like a story told – like someone would imagine Egypt or the Nile to be. After all, the characters’ faces are all but clear to see behind the encompassing glasses of this floating non-place.

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  • 47 Meters Down: Uncaged

    47 Meters Down: Uncaged

    ★★★★

    Life is noise, yes, but once there is too much of it surrounding us, noise can quickly transform into a hazy nightmare that swallows you up or tears you into bloody pieces – and the most terrifying part is the muteness of your demise as you vanish into the dark, never to be found or seen again. The deaths of the victims are all captured silently – one more eerie than the last. They may leave signs of sound behind…

  • Walking on Sunshine

    Walking on Sunshine

    I wholeheartedly believe that the goal of everyone involved was to make the silliest film/musical possible, and with the right mixture of cheesy kitsch and unashamed conviction it could have been a laudable effort. But unfortunately, the ingredients don’t come together, which makes for both a confusing and disconcerting watch full of nearly unbearable vicarious embarrassment.