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  • The American Astronaut
  • Vermilion Souls
  • Mad God
  • Werckmeister Harmonies

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  • War

    ★½

  • Z

    ★★★½

  • The Contractor

  • The Courier

    ★★½

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  • On the Path

    On the Path

    ★★★★★

    You’re now a religious expert? You used to vomit from drink at grandma’s house. Now you preach?

    Having been impressed by her Quo vadis, Aida? (2020), I’m now exploring other works of Jasmila Žbanić, a talented director and writer from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    I have to say that I wasn’t prepared (well, not that one can or should be, really) how deeply I would be moved by On the Path and its underlying message.

    Being out-and-out secular humanist myself, I found this to be such…

  • X&Y

    X&Y

    ★★★★★

    Near genius (imho) !

    A stellar Scandinavian A-list cast and a movie that had me at hello.

    It’s somewhat hard to describe, I can only drop some of my personal associations that crossed my mind: Touch Me Not (2018), Dogville (2003), I’m Not There (2008)Daisy Diamond (2007), Festen (1998) and a Dogme 95 ethos, sort of... all that as an experiment exploring gender, sexuality, our alter egos - our three identities: who we truly are, who we would like to be and…

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  • War

    War

    Shite.

    I wouldn't have normally picked this, but Balabanov, the late Russian cult director, is now brought back from the dead when it comes to different pseudo-intellectual debates about the war in Ukraine, even blamed as if for contributing, via his movies, to the whole idea of Russky Mir aka Russian World.

    The script is as dumb as it can be - just have a quick look at the synopsis.

    Shite.

  • Z

    Z

    A not too shabby zombie short from Vasiliy Sigarev.

    With its heavy dose of black humour, it might as well be a Russian take on Shaun Of The Dead.

    P.S.
    Did they really secure the rights to use The Cranberries' "Zombie" ?

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  • The Match Factory Girl

    The Match Factory Girl

    ★★★★½

    I'd prefer a girl, but if you want a boy, I'll want one, too. For a girl, you can buy such pretty clothes and boys are always interested in rough games like ice hockey.

    Kaurismäki, Kaurismäki…my friend.

    Is it just me but sometimes it does feel as if all of his movies I’ve seen are now this one big ginormous Kaurismäki movie in my head, a single movie of his cinematic Universe, rather than individual movies and stories?

    Also, I…

  • A Dog's Will

    A Dog's Will

    What a load of crap. I could barely handle 15 minutes of it.

    Might go back and finish it, though. In 2030 perhaps, once I've made a considerable dent in my Watchlist and there is only American Pie left to watch.

    Clearly, propped up (in terms of Letterboxd, where it's #20 and IMDB ratings) by fake accounts, even though it has apparently won some local (in native Brazil) awards.

    Stay away.