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  • Stalker
  • Pi
  • The Fire Within
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  • Synchronic

    ★★★½

  • Saints & Strangers

    ★½

  • Transcendence

  • Brawl in Cell Block 99

    ★★★★

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  • The Mighty Angel

    The Mighty Angel

    ★★★★½

    a truly vibrant, pictorial, pulsating ride into alcoholism. it's nearly unbelievable how much material, characters, scenes, stories, images, ideas, dialogues, monologues Wojtek Smarzowski squeezes into this little filmic wonder - and most importantly: doesn't fail by doing so.

    a brave and couragious approach, the tone being as paradoxical and borderline as it should, perfectly fitting to the theme. watching this tour de force, there is no way Smarzowski is not heavily influenced by Darren Aronofskys work. making it as uncompromising and unforgiving as epic and wicked is a bold move, which deserves highest praise.

  • Hope

    Hope

    ★★★½

    a successful approach to show the misery and struggle of african refugees on their way to europe in a harsh, realistic way. fortunately avoids all the clichés this genre usually brings along, and even the love story created within the story makes a whole lot of sense here, to form the bond between characters and spectator.

    at times it's a bit too much road movie without geographical identification points (plot point #1 = community #1...), but that is just complaining about first world problems. somehow reminded me of yesterdays "the tribe" in its idea of getting a glimpse into a barbarized world beyond our western horizon.

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  • Synchronic

    Synchronic

    ★★★½

    smooth and seamless, yet not flawless. always gonna appreciate people taking genre, letting their imaginations flow and just running away with it, even if it's not gonna be perfect and much of a epiphany. reminds me of early Nolan in that sense. just take your visions and run.

    technically and atmospherically pretty impeccable, this is probably where you can see this being Benson & Moorheads fourth feature already (gonna work my way back in time through their oevre now). after an…

  • Saints & Strangers

    Saints & Strangers

    ★½

    a bit underwhelming by a guy like Overmyer being involved in major way with The Wire, TVs best series of all times.

    static, overstuffed, questionable in the balance of the depiction of indigenes and christian conquistadors and with an highly dubious melo kitsch ending.

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  • Red Rocket

    Red Rocket

    ★★★★½

    Bakers pink, swaggy, sweaty character study of a man (or country right away) shifting between low life existence and omnipotence, white trash america and malignant narcissism, happy-go-lucky easiness and manipulative mania, bon vivant gold digging and twisted morals, a man free like a bird and trapped in a society where an antisocial lifestyle can bring you far, if sold in the right fashion. a true flibbertigibbet (whut?) and Baker knows how to sell him to us in his rollercoaster ride from warm-hearted laughs to choking from this chunk of pork meat with a donut hole.

  • Brawl in Cell Block 99

    Brawl in Cell Block 99

    ★★★★

    doing a one-eighty here. had this penciled in as slow, overlong yawner with heavy pacing issues, slightly fascist tendencies and as another entry in the pages long list of Tarantino apologetics. while most of it is true I'd reverse my negative impetus to the first watch.

    yes, it is slow, but this time around the pacing seemed about right, aesthetically warranted (as in: a lucid stylistic decision) and effective in building up the tension floating through this heavy-hitting piece of…