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  • Days of Heaven

    Days of Heaven

    ★★★★

    I was more mesmerized by the photography and sound of nature wrapping my ears in a warm and super cozy audiovisual blanket than I did care for the characters and the story. I found all characters unlikable and distanced. Sorry for keeping it so short, but it's hard for me to put in into words.
    However, the beautiful shots of the farm-scape which I'd like to have framed in my room and Ennio Morricone's masterful pieces make up for that…

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★½

    The late Jóhann Jóhannsson's score fusing atmospheric metal drones with 80s synthies, the absolutely stunning, mostly dialogue-less performance by Nic Cage and the neon aesthetic elevate it to a higher score for me than it is actually deserving.

    Spanning a story that could probably be summed up on less than one page of script over more than two hours of runtime is Mandy's biggest flaw. Because of that, there are some scenes that felt out of place. You would expect…

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  • A Man Escaped

    A Man Escaped

    ★★★½

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

    Bresson's minimalism rivals a lot of modern prison break and heist movies. "A Man Escaped" makes the viewer pay attention to the quietest whisper in the surrounding of the main character Fontaine. The pacing is exhausting with seemingly very little advances in the middle of the film. The fantastic opening scene in the car satisfies a cineaste's heart all too well and the gripping last third with Jost makes up for the tedious bits inbetween.

    It's my first Bresson and I could see it grow on me a lot more at a future second viewing.

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★

    After my first Wong Kar-wai film "Chungking Express" which was an instant favourite, I had ridiculously high expectations for this one. I expected - as the title says - something romantic, deeply emotional. Obviously, this isn't the case here. I could only really love the cinematography (mirror scenes, coloring, slow-motion, sudden cuts, etc.) of the movie in my first view, since I couldn't get a clear grasp on the protagonists' feelings and intentions and how the story would turn out…