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

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  • Cowards Bend the Knee

    ★★★★

  • All My Friends Hate Me

    ★★★

  • The Contender

    ★★★★

  • Breaking the Limits

    ★★★★

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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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  • Cowards Bend the Knee

    Cowards Bend the Knee

    When it comes to Maddin's movies, I'm usually lost for decent and coherent reviews, epithets and such.

    Let's just quote (and mentally paraphrase) Elvis Costello:

    Writing about music is like dancing about architecture — it's a really stupid thing to want to do.“

  • All My Friends Hate Me

    All My Friends Hate Me

    Had potential…

    …but ended up being neither fish nor flesh genre-wise.

    With the first scene (actually, already with the Letterboxd poster) I had a definitive “I know that guy” moment, that guy being Tom Stourton who plays Pete, our hero, but then Letterboxd entries showed me that I haven’t seen any of his other movies! I was like “it cannot be true for I most certainly KNOW his face from somewhere. Wiki came to rescue - I’ve seen Tom star…

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  • Catch-22

    Catch-22

    Anti-war movies - the Hollywood ones in particular - are often a miss with me, come to think about it, and I’m not quite sure why.

    I recall not so recently watching The Ninth Configuration (1980), which is somewhat highly praised among the critics, but I really wasn’t relating to its message nor delivery. I’m wondering though if one needs to go through the sheer madness of war to truly appreciate the anti-war sentiment? Dunno..

    I’ve not read the famous…

  • 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…