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  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★½

    The Final Cut

    Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece looks gorgeous in this restored version. I haven't noticed all the edits but it seems more atmospheric and graphic than the Directors Cut version (which was the only one I had seen until now). 

    In addition, it is interesting to watch again the original film after having seen the sequel a couple times. While both are very different in terms of atmosphere and storytelling, the treatment of the core thematics such as AI or creation in this one still feels relevant and scary in 2019 (when this film does take place).

  • They Live

    They Live

    ★★★★

    They live, we sleep.

    John Carpenter's They Live is a direct attack towards Reagan's neoliberalism that dominated 1980's society with the predominating paranoia of that era. It makes you question the purpose of consumerism and who benefits from it. In this film, you learn it the hard way.

    Neither an action nor a horror film, Carpenter takes from both genres to make a thriller more psychological than one would have expected. The direction and subject are great but I would't have minded a less rushed ending with a few extra scenes, even though it is very effective.

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  • Before Sunrise

    Before Sunrise

    ★★★★

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

    It is by a weird but incredible coincidence that I watched this film on the very same day that the events take place (16th to 17th June), as it is mentioned at the very end on the train platform.

  • The Reformer – Zwingli: A Life's Portrait

    The Reformer – Zwingli: A Life's Portrait

    ★★★★

    Almost 500 hundred years after Zwingli's time, his ideas seem still relevant today when it comes to criticising institutionalised religion. Less known than other reformers like Luther or Calvin, Zwingli remains an important historical figure, especially in a country divided by religion like Switzerland.

    Stefan Haupt's film is well produced and has nothing to envy to big international productions in terms of historical reconstitution, acting or cinematography. The rivalries between Zwingli and the catholic establishment, or with the more extreme anabaptists are well depicted, thus showing a simple man torn between humanism and extremism.