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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child

    A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child

    ★★★

    Nightmare on Elm Street never felt more like prevention theater than in this one. A group of teens, all with their individual problems and shortcomings, dying one by one in outlandish, fantastical, completely silly ways related to their troubles (or hobbies). On one hand, that's really stupid, on the other hand, it's incredibly charming.
    Nightmare 5 is tonally completely inconsistent. Partly reaching for the MTV-silliness of part four, partly trying to be a darker, more stylish and artful entry into…

  • Onibaba

    Onibaba

    ★★★★½

    The last line in Onibaba is "I am human" and thus sums up what this film is about.
    The three central characters live a primitive life, defined by very basic needs and conflicts.
    "Onibaba" is an atmospheric movie in highly contrasted black and white. It does have an eerie atmosphere throughout, but I must admit that it annoyed me by being veeery slow. Like "Under the Skin", "Onibaba" is a movie that I came to appreciate only after it was…

  • Peter Pan

    Peter Pan

    ★★★★★

    No other movie has ever nailed the poetic tone, the atmosphere and magic of "Peter Pan" like this one.
    Soundtrack and cinematography perfectly capture a rich, dense fairytale world for the talented child actors to play in.
    The deep themes of loneliness and death, that Peter Pan always was about, get treated with more respect than ever before. Nothing is glossed over.
    Jason Isaacs is a perfect Captain Hook and Mr. Darling and made me a lifelong fan with his…

  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★★★

    "Silence" is an intense, quiet movie that feels meditative and profound, never dull for a second and very, very big.
    The concepts these characters struggle with are very foreign to me and, I imagine, to most viewers. It's not the 1600's anymore. Never the less - "Silence" makes the time period feel contemporary, its conflicts important and immediate. It achieves this marvelous feat not by explaining anything to us, but by showing it in that direct way that no one…

  • The Butterfly's Dream

    The Butterfly's Dream

    ★½

    This entirely forgettable kitsch fest presents us with gorgeous landscapes, the set up for a great and intriguing story, only to then drop every tiny hint of conflict and just sort of meander, giving the audience nothing at all while expecting us to be emotionally invested. I'll rather watch the lead actor's other work again.

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q833SyVLgDU

  • Nowhere

    Nowhere

    ★★

    No one ever goes to the bathroom alone in this aggressively 90's movie that takes place in bathrooms a lot. While I can marvel at the craziness of the whole thing and the insane visual style, it's too cold and cynical for me to do anything other than slightly amuse and mainly annoy me. I do think it's awesome that a movie like this exists, though.

  • King Lear

    King Lear

    ★★½

    Shakespeare's King Lear reminds me of Beckett, Jarri and Jodorowski. To me, it invites absurdist fantasies and endless visual possibilities. It's puzzling to me, why this flawlessly cast version decided to go with the most unimaginative approach possible. It looks and feels like the TV special it is. I can't help but feel that this is a huge wasted opportunity. The strength of the source material and the excellent performances make it watchable, though.

  • Macbeth

    Macbeth

    ★★★★

    After having watched this visually stunning if slow moving version of "Macbeth", "300" will forever seem like its gay porn parody to me.

  • Climax

    Climax

    ★★★★

    This movie is a masterpiece. I could not finish it.
    Ever since I saw the first trailer to "Climax", I desperately wanted to see it. When I realized it was on Netflix, I was really happy and watched it immediately.
    It didn't disappoint.
    Visually, it's just as genius as we're used to by Noé, the actors are believable and entertaining, the story is gripping, the atmosphere impressively realistic. If you've ever had a bad trip at a party of the…

  • Mad Max

    Mad Max

    ★★

    This one desperately needs a remake. From shot composition to general story structure - Everything about "Mad Max" is muddled, confusing and clunky. For most of its runtime, it just meanders with nothing much happening. The disjointed shots of cars and motorbikes driving through the desert would have a meditative quality to them in their uneventfulness, wouldn't they be intercut with yelling, over-acting weirdos that, every now and then, do entertain.
    Then, towards the end, the actual story starts and…

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★½

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

    Seated next to me in the cinema was a true Tarantino fan. He was about twenty years old, nerdy, visiting the theatre with his friends. He was SO into this movie, it really annoyed me. I don't think, I would have found the humor quite so stupid, hadn't he sat next to me, laughing so hard at every little thing. When Brad Pitt was about to fight Bruce Lee, he excitedly exclaimed "Oh no! He's gonna do it! Amazing!" and…

  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★

    I started reviewing this movie and suddenly I had written some Facebook-style rant about how this was too sympathetic towards cops and not dealing with the really interesting questions its story presented. I then got bored by myself and deleted it.
    "Blackkklansman" is a well directed, entertaining, wonderfully flashy edited, well shot and well acted political feel-good comedy with funny dialogue. I liked it.
    It doesn't really do justice to its themes, but what movie really does. Watch it, it's nice.