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  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia


    Even after the 5th or 6th time it is almost frightening to see how good this film is. Of all the epic wide-screen films, of the '50s and' 60s, it is and will remain my favorite and David Lean, recognized, definitely, is one of the best directors, for this kind of epic cinema. A film that serves an opera equal to all the sights and expectations and at the same time it denies, caused by it´s subtle subversion. It's not…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water


    Well, that could have been a really great movie if Joe Dante had shot it. Fortunately not as dreadfully boring as his gothic horror Crimson Peak but still a bland experience in simplicity and Del Toro was initially much more subtle.

  • The Savage Innocents

    The Savage Innocents


    Somehow a weird film, which was noted as a counterpart to Flaherty's groundbreaking Nanook documentary. As a parable, the movie may still be accepted, though i see it critically, but from the instructive voiceover to the strange mix of studio and outdoor locations and the Japanese playing Eskimos, the acting skills are a total disaster. The sad beginning of the tragic end of a great director.

  • The Assignment

    The Assignment


    The new Walter Hill is an extremely interesting gender-hitman-revenge film, where he, if you can say so, develops his ideas from Johnny Handsome. Based on a comic book (like the last one), it´s totally Walter Hill style and shot in a very beautiful and warm way. The story is in it´s structure first interleaved but then very simple, also owed to the comic original and Michelle Rodriguez plays her ego to receive a genre oscar. I´m not kidding. This direct…

  • Knightriders



    I guess i have to overthink my opinion of Boorman´s Excalibur to be the best King Arthur picture but maybe this isn´t a good comparison at all. Knightriders is an alternative utopia of the 80´s, it´s from the Zombie point of view, it´s maybe Romero´s most personal film and it´s maybe Romero as Billy the King who fights the dragon. A forgotten masterpiece which undermines a whole decade.

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    i admit it's amazing that McDonagh has won so many awards with such a movie and maybe i would even rather like this a bit, if McDonagh did not mean this strange moral tale in a completely serious way. Rather more likely this kind of redemption worked in his debut "In Bruges", in "7 psychopaths" not at all and now McDonagh puts his setting on the American South and pushes his characters through this lousy scenario, as if they were…

  • Shadows and Fog

    Shadows and Fog


    a rather nice try from Allen to bring Film Noir and Bergman atmosphere and themes together in a series of night numbers, which doesn´t work that much at first but in the second half much better with a kafkasque absurdity and a little magic at the end.

  • Wonder Wheel

    Wonder Wheel


    Woody Allen auf sparsamster Sparflamme. Man könnte vielleicht gemeinerweise sagen, dass dies hier wie aus einem Allenschen Baukasten wirkt oder noch gemeiner sein und behaupten, dass ihn der Film eigentlich gar nicht interessiert hat, aber im Grunde ist das im Falle von Wonder Wheel tatsächlich einfach nur ein Schulterzucken. Selbst Storaros leuchtende Farbspiele erzeugen hier keinerlei Mehrwert und Kate Winslet spielt mehr gegen das Drehbuch an als das sich das irgendwie verbindet. Schlimmer noch : Gegen Ende fällt dieser Satz…

  • Judge Priest

    Judge Priest


    I´m a bit confused but like Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote it belongs to the underrated and maybe overlooked films in John Fords filmography. Yet, this Ford-utopia of a south that has never existed is a milestone in cinematic tolerance. Just as Will Rogers in Doctor Bull spins the threads of a small community, so the threads come together at the end as a union in which the South marches hand in hand with the North and the Black Community makes music…

  • Mudhoney



    Southern Hillbilly Drama in Russ Meyer Style with some extraordinary "foot" scenes in the first 5 minutes.

  • Yolanda and the Thief

    Yolanda and the Thief


    Ooh, baby, do you know what that's worth?
    Ooh, heaven is a place on earth
    They say in heaven, love comes first
    We'll make heaven a place on earth
    Ooh, heaven is a place on earth

  • Brigadoon



    Goodbye cruel world. This is the final victory over reality. Maybe the most quintessential musical and maybe the saddest i've ever seen. The hard cut to New York at the end felt like a heart attack