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  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★★½

    An almost perfect little film about a ghost, his loneliness, sentimentality and timelessness while the history goes on. Will Oldham does the central monologue, but mostly it's only silent observation. The Oldham monologue about Beethoven's 9th touches me, because he talks about this piece which was written one mile from the place I currently live, in Dresden, Schiller's Ode an die Freude and the beautiful Dresden castles, which I drive by every evening.

    It borders dangerously to Terry Malick films,…

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★

    Finally Lanthimos goes full genre, almost a Villeneuve move. And for most parts it works pretty well, better than his previous three oddities. The only disappointing part is that he told his main actor, Colin Farell, to massively underplay his role, almost speaking like an amateur.
    But of course the ending spoils it all, as expected. Such a cheap and silly ending. At least it's consistent. What would have been more realistic would be to kill off Kidman. But he…

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  • Passengers

    Passengers

    ★★½

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

    Before I saw it, and just read the script:

    Given that they use the traditional romantic comedy formula for a Sci-Fi movie doesn't wake my interest. I do like romantic comedy, but when it's too formulaic and predictable it's boring.

    He doesn't want to die alone, so he stalks her for months, eventually wakes her up also, destroying all her dreams living on a remote planet, instead living the next 90 years along this other lone dude on the colonization…

  • Like Crazy

    Like Crazy

    ★★★★

    And so this is the first film of the year which made me cry, crying for the fun and comedy, and esp. the grandious Valeria Bruni Tedeschi who is the best when playing herself. It reminded me a lot on her first film "Il est plus facile pour un chameau …", where also her mother plays her mother.
    But behind all the slapstick and gags this is an extremely accurate depiction of the Italian mental institutions and their typical stories.…