• My Night at Maud's

    My Night at Maud's

    ★★★½

    Saw this in terrible conditions(had to do a long pause in the middle), too bad because I was really into the first half. Might give this a 4 on rewatch.

    I guess the reaction to this film will depend on your feelings towards the dialogue. And honestly, I thought the middle section was fantastically well written. Rohmer's "intellectual debates" work much better than Godard's in my opinion. They felt pretty natural, thanks to Jean-Louis Trintignant and François Fabian's great acting.…

  • Psycho

    Psycho

    ★★★★½

    Seeing this on the big screen is an awesome experience.

    Had not seen this in like 8 years, so I was pretty psyched to watch this in a movie theater. And it's definitely a worthwhile experience. Bernard Herrmann's score becomes even more effective. You could put literally any footage with that score and make it creepy.

    Plus the important scenes become much more intense. Can perfectly understand now how it could traumatize a lot of people. Some of the imagery…

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★½

    A tad disappointed about this one.

    On the one hand it's still a good film, and you can see it's Robert Eggers with a bigger budget a mile away, it has some striking imagery and "weird" moments. Also some great acting - loved Nicole Kidman's and Claes Bang's performances. And well, it's well paced. The Amleth myth is always a fun basis.

    All in all, it felt like a much more conventional film compared to The Lighthouse or even The…

  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★★½

    Really fun!

    The film has some hilarious moments, a lot of them centered on two things. The first is the jokes about cinema itself. This film also makes a pretty good argument that everyone should watch Paddington 2, which can only be a good thing.

    The second thing is the chemistry between Nicolas Cage and Pedro Pascal. Their on-screen friendship felt so natural and they were both excellent in this. Was laughing all the time when they were both on…

  • Punishment Park

    Punishment Park

    ★★★★

    The movie to watch if you felt Trial of the Chicago 7 was way too mild ?

    Absolutely incendiary in its commentary, as expected from Watkins. This is a brutal indictment of nationalism and authoritarianism, and more generally of a political system deciding to shield itself from radical criticism.

    A couple of moments in the tribunal are almost too cartoonish, but on the whole it works well as a pamphlet against the social order and believing you can change the…

  • Stoker

    Stoker

    ★★★½

    Soo close to being a fantastic film.

    There a lot of things to like in this. The eerie editing and god-tier framing is absolutely fantastic from beginning to end. You know it's going to be stylish right from the jarring opening. The cross-cutting at each turning is point is just so so good. And the sound editing was absolutely awesome too.

    Even if he is more restrained in this one compared to his Vengeance Trilogy, some camera movement reminds you…

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★

    Finally back to watching movies!

    Decided to watch one of the heavyweight for the Oscars and thought this was an improvement over The Piano. Preferred the uneasy mood over the melodrama.

    Fantastic opening scene to set the mood, even if some the dialogue later on felt a bit expository. Except for that the script was well written even if a bit on the nose at times. It's really well directed - loved the climax with the rotating camera, it was…

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★

    Hollywood should make more high budget neo-noir films.

    Because this film is really good! It does not go full noir on the structure and dialogue sadly (honestly, there are no outstanding punchlines and dialogue and the narration should have been used more) but it goes all in on the gritty aesthetic of the city and it works really well.

    Let's start with a couple of things I disliked in this: it's a bit long unsurprisingly, and some dialogue is mediocre…

  • Death on the Nile

    Death on the Nile

    ★★½

    Okay-ish ?

    The first half was clearly bad. It fails to make us properly invested in those characters and so shit happens and you just don't care. I have to admit that those overexcited overhead travelings, the weird editing and the inconsistent acting did not really help. Plus the CGI was terrible sometimes.

    It gets better in the second half. The editing gets better, the acting too, and Branagh calms down on the camera movements. The film becomes much better…

  • Red Rocket

    Red Rocket

    ★★★★

    A portrait of a broken man in a broken country.

    Mikey feels a bit like David Thewlis' character in Naked. A horrible bastard with shitty views, but who still feels human. You can understand how his worldviews have been formed, why every character sees the world their way and so on. Understanding is not condoning of course.

    As far the film goes, it's a step down from The Florida Project, but there is still a lot to like. Simon Rex…

  • 3 Women

    3 Women

    ★★★★½

    Another hit in the very specific "Excellent dreamy films about women's identities made by all-time great male directors" genre.

    An obvious counterpart to Persona (or even a triptych if you include Mulholland Drive). It has a really unsettling atmosphere and I loved the hypnotic tone the whole film has. The voyeuristic camera choices, the music, the weird paintings and those goddamn twins really help create this strange mood.

    It's really interesting to see how the power dynamics evolve during the…

  • Bunny Lake Is Missing

    Bunny Lake Is Missing

    ★★★★

    My favourite Otto Preminger film yet! After being a bit disappointed by Laura and Bonjour Tristesse this one hits the right note.

    Some great dialogue, good performances all around, and Preminger manages quite well to blend tension and snappy dialogue. Some really "brutal" cuts are used to amplify some lines of dialogue and they're really effective.

    Loved the premise of this film and the script: it forces you to consider all the characters as suspicious. It also gives you enough…