Schmalzler has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ .

  • Harold and Maude

    Harold and Maude

    ★★★★½

    A half star less just because of this "you can do what you want no matter what you are completely free-hippie bullshit".

  • The Wrong Man

    The Wrong Man

    ★★★★½

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

    Probably my favorite Hitchcock movie with some great editing, cinematography, lighting and an astonishing play by the two main characters which alltogether makes one uncomfortable tense film whose story unfortunately can't keep up until the very end (That only Jesus could save Henry Fonda killed it for me).

  • The Gold Rush

    The Gold Rush

    ★★★★½

    1925 "original" (working in progress) cut.

  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

    Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

    ★★★★½

    Takeshi Kitano the last seconds made me give this film a half star more.

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    Want to watch this again right away.

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★½

    It's too short. But that's not a compliment in this case.
    You only get to see a glimpse of every station of the protagonists life so I got the feeling of not getting into that character completely.
    I imagine this like the coming-of-age equivalent to "Once Upon a Time in America". Like a 3 - 4 hour epic about the life of that black man.
    Well now while I'm writing this I get the thought that then it would be…

  • The Battle Wizard

    The Battle Wizard

    ★★★★½

    The story:
    A young rational pacifist learns that if he's not the best fighter in the world his knowledge is worth shit.

    The critique:
    This would be a five star film if everything around the crazy colourful characters and would have been taken more serious.
    Mentioning the fighing. The editing there is not on the Shaw Brothers level that I know. It's sometimes too unclear and hectic but one gets over that quickly experiencing this crazy wizard fights.

    P.S.: Be warned about the big bad motherfucker gorilla!