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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★

    Still suprisingly rich on second viewing: everything falls into place in such a great way when you know from the start where it is heading.

  • Looper

    Looper

    ★★★★½

    For a film about, as Willis/Gordon-Levitt's character calls it, a "fuzzy mechanism", Looper remains one of the coherent and tightly plotted films about time travel. Many moments stand out, but I always love old Seth's demise through time-based corporeal dismantlement of his younger self, and how this moments is later re-used to bring old and young Joe together.

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  • Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

    Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

    ★★★½

    Essential viewing for those interested in (the history of) special effects, but nevertheless a rather straightforward documentary. The most poignant part comes near the end, where directors and sfx artists influenced by Harryhausen discuss (lament?) the current state of CGI, which through overkill is in danger of removing the “special” from special effects. To quote Harryhausen himself, “you can’t have an explosion every five minutes in Greek mythology”.

  • The Painting

    The Painting

    ★★★★

    Another film I will retroactively place in my top 25 of 2012 - a beautifully realized existentialist work of animation about the class(/race?) struggle among characters in a half-finished painting, which drives some of them to search for their painter for answers.