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  • Akira

    Akira

    ★★★½

    I'm not a big anime guy so up until now there are not a lot of movies I can compare AKIRA to. But with regards to the dystopian setting, GHOST IN THE SHELL is a particular obvious comparison.

    AKIRA does not feel as tight as Mamoru Oshii's masterpiece but they are definitely on par in terms of profoundness. While GHOST IN THE SHELL ponders what could be, Katsuhiro Otomo's movie reflects on the past – especially japanese history – and…

  • Brick

    Brick

    ★★★½

    BRICK is the high school remix of a noirish gangster thriller that walks the line between absurd fun and suspensful seriousness. It feels like fish out of water except the fish has already roamed land quite a few times.


    (watched as part of the Letterboxd Season Challenge 2018-19 – Best Films You've Never Seen Week)

  • A Decent Man

    A Decent Man

    ★★½

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

    A DECENT MAN is a gripping drama with great performances all around and it get's you invested.

    BUT...

    It is not Thomas' story. It's Sarah's story, that should have been told and not misappropriated as a ruthless plot device. Instead the protagonist is portrayed to a great extent as the victim – a poor guy that is forced back into alcoholism, whose professional future is at stake, whose marriage is on the brink of collapse, who is accused of doing things he didn't do. And in the end he seems to get away with everything while only beeing punished with a guilty conscience.

    Fuck that.

  • Bird Box

    Bird Box

    ★★½

    BIRD BOX is a wannabe A QUIET PLACE – but instead of effectively and coherently establishing the rules of it's world, the script makes them up randomly along the way. There are hardly any scenes in which the impending conesquences are palpable. It's never clear what's actually at stake.

  • Bad Santa

    Bad Santa

    ★★★½

    Billy Bob Thornton gives a stellar performance in a seemingly tailor-made role. BAD SANTA is a fun, subversive movie that ultimately is more tragic than funny. "Hurt people hurt people" is the cynically portrayed – but with truth in it's core – moral of the story.


    (watched as part of the Letterboxd Season Challenge 2018-19 – Holiday Week)

  • Utøya: July 22

    Utøya: July 22

    ★★½

    To say that I have mixed feelings about UTØYA: JULY 22 would be a massive understatement. This movie makes you suffer, grasp for hope and tremble with fear – in short: it moves you. A lot. And this is what any good movie should do.

    But: UTØYA: JULY 22 fails to properly process on a dramaturgical level what is presented to the audience. It's just wading in terror and misery. And that is the problem.

    I cannot speak for the…

  • Loving Vincent

    Loving Vincent

    ★★★½

    Very impressive und beautiful craftsmanship that is equally a pure joy and almost exhausting to look at. LOVING VINCENT is for the most part more of a well constructed history lesson than compelling drama. But who says, a well taught class can't be beautiful and touching?


    (watched as part of the Letterboxd Season Challenge 2018-19 – "I've been meaning to get to it..." Week)

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★½

    Incredibly intimate, deeply personal and surprisingly critical view by Cuarón on his own upbringing – ROMA is a true force of nature and to such an extent visually beautiful that I could cry.

  • The Philadelphia Story

    The Philadelphia Story

    ★★★½

    THE PHILADELPHIA STORY portrays an upper class family which is affraid of revealing it's deeply seeded corruption and confronting harsh truths about themselves. On the other side, there is the evenly corrupted yellow press, used as a tool to pave the way to enlightenment.

    To me, the dialogue and it's delivery feel witty and stale in equal parts – it often comes across as too forced for a movie but at the same time too tenuously conveyed for possibly being…

  • Cold War

    Cold War

    ★★★★½

    The backdrop of COLD WAR has it's origins in a society whose culture has been quite literally bombed into nirvana. The story picks up at a time when the most resilient remains are beeing scraped together.

    It depicts two sides, both of which are trying to instrumentalize the few surviving flower blossoms – one for good, the love of art, cultural heritage and a form of artistic patriotism. The other one for evil, political gain and brainwashing propaganda. And two…

  • Alice in the Cities

    Alice in the Cities

    ★★★★

    To me, ALICE IN THE CITIES seems to be about the artificial world a lense creates. And a lense can be a lot of things – a TV screen, camera, windshield, windows, binoculars, mirrors, even loudspeakers. Everything is distorting reality. But I do not think, Wenders tries to criticize media per se. The criticism is aimed at living life through a series of filters which leads to loss of reality and oneself. Which in turn is paradoxical, because ALICE IN…

  • Venom

    Venom

    ★★

    Tom Hardy gives a strong, fun and almost Deadpool-like performance. The rest of the movie sadly lives in a whole nother, much more self-serious universe and is stuck in 2003 with all the bad superhero-movie tropes.