• Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood

    Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood

    ★★★½

    69/100

    A long montage of a childhood, beautifully interspersed with a sort of dreamlike journey to space. All the while it surely dips into some nostalgic territories where I don’t like to be, it gets there with such plain delivery (constant Jack Black voice-over, which I didn't at all have a problem with, for the movie it is) and earnest reasoning behind it that was fine with it all. Absolutely loved its commitment to and use of the animated visual language (most notably its sparsely painted real archival footage).

  • Bullet Train

    Bullet Train

    34/100

    The performance from Michael Shannon is more or less the only fun thing about this movie, and he’s barely in it, so go figure. Otherwise: Hilariously unfunny, bizarrely cast (or maybe it’s the choices that are made for the cast that are bizarre, I can’t make up my mind), generic and way too reliant on kooky mannerisms for my taste. They could’ve - probably should’ve - all just died earlier, quicker, so it’d been done with it.

  • Election

    Election

    ★★★½

    67/100

    Moves quickly and at times unceremoniously between characters and settings, which creates both some mild confusion, and an interest to keep up. A dynamite ending, which is a definite end, and a "to be continued". Firm beliefs and frivolous attempts.

  • Ambulance

    Ambulance

    ★★½

    45/100

    In hindsight, I should've saved my comments about drone footage in movies to this review instead of the one for Prey. But it's a comment for movies in general, so just stick it to this one as well, if you please.

    Ambulance is bound to have some exciting scenes, as there are a million of them (or only a long continuous one), but since it's all pretty much the same, it gets tedious - fast. Tough to care about…

  • Mile 22

    Mile 22

    ★★½

    44/100

    Utterly exhausting to watch, due to its frantic and manic editing style and overuse of handheld cameras - choices that, with the help of some additional decisions, leads to some poorly executed and almost incomprehensible action sequences. It also either forgets or doesn't care about its own few small emotional side stories (which I could've guessed would be the case right away, because of how they're treated from the get-go). But, its energy - even though it creates exhaustion…

  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★

    57/100

    Saw Predator for the first time just over a month ago, and haven't seen any of its predecessors, until this one, which I've gathered is a prequel of sorts. It looks good, it smells good, it feels good, and yet it's not a film that caught my interest in any significant way. Amber Midthunder is more than solid in the lead role, and the predator itself is nasty and fun. Concluding sidenote: It's really too bad that drones have…

  • The Departed

    The Departed

    ★★★★

    71/100

    Fifth watch, first in five and a half years. My opinion stayed more or less the same (had it somewhere in the range of 69/100-72/100 before). It is what it is, but DiCaprio being sent to jail, on duty, and the The Departed title card comes up, while I'm Shipping Up to Boston starts blasting - it's a heck of a kick start to the movie, 18 minutes into it. Otherwise, the best thing about this remake of a…

  • Closer

    Closer

    ★★★★

    77/100

    There have been a few movies that I saw (once, twice, thrice, whatever) in a very impressionable time in my life and certainly in an important and early stage of my interest in movies, that I then didn’t see for a number of years, and now in the last couple of years or so have rewatched. It always brings out some anxiety beforehand, as to how well they will hold up for me in a different time, with different…

  • Italian Studies

    Italian Studies

    ★★½

    49/100

    She's all of a sudden a blank slate, and therefore creating weird dynamics, conversations and situations, and it's, on some level, kind of "fun" to watch (even though it's an anxiety driven movie), but I could never figure out where my attention was supposed to be at, or why it even should exist. It ultimately landed on the score, which I very much liked (learned afterwards that Nicholas Britell is the composer), and on the interviews - or whatever…

  • Nest

    Nest

    ★★★★

    76/100

    Solely the changing of the weather, the light and the landscapes shot on a 35 mm camera would've probably been enough for me to love this 22 minute short - add some kids and a tree house, and I apparently did love it. Like a short film was made out of the long opening scene of Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur. Simply beautiful.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    ★★★★

    80/100

    Sixth watch - saw it often back when, over a short period of time, and now I hadn't seen it in five and a half years - and no change in my opinion or rating score. A collection of off-puttingly entertaining scenes that sculpts a fully-functioning and modernized version of the classic rise and fall story. Half of what makes The Wolf of Wall Street great is the mentioned entertainment level, which is very high all the way through,…

  • Lost Highway

    Lost Highway

    ★★★★½

    83/100

    Second watch, first in over five years. Only had a star rating from before, but I estimate that it would've been somewhere around 65-68/100 on the larger scale. Huge leap up, anyway. The first 40-45 minutes of Lost Highway are pure - as if descended from space - movie magic. They’re inside their house - they leave it sometimes, as one does, but the house is in complete focus - and someone else is too. It’s moving very slow,…