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  • The Blue Angel

    The Blue Angel

    ★★★★

    Josef von Sternberg´s “The Blue Angel” is the first feature-length German full-talkie as well as Marlene Dietrich´s breakthrough movie. It´s an impactful morality play that follows the respected uptight schoolteacher Immanuel Rath (Emil Jannings), who becomes infatuated with the alluring, seductive, and carefree cabaret performer Lola Lola (Marlene Dietrich) and whose lust and obsession for her eventually leads to his fall from grace in society and descent into madness.

    The film starts quite quirky and darkly funny, and it has…

  • The Marriage of Maria Braun

    The Marriage of Maria Braun

    ★★★★½

    “The Marriage of Maria Braun” is one of Rainer Werner Fassbinder´s most critically acclaimed masterpieces and rightfully so. Like you would expect of the German master director, the film is brilliantly crafted, thematically rich, spellbinding, passionate, and subversive. It follows the eponymous Maria Braun, who has to adapt to the new realities of post-war Germany and rises up in society, while she hopes to one day be reunited with her husband, who first goes missing in the war and later…

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★½

    This was my first cinema visit since the beginning of March, so for that reason alone, it was a memorable event for me.

    “Tenet” itself is Christopher Nolan being more Nolan than ever, for better or worse. You just have to admire his originality, ambition, and desire to push the limits of the medium as well as the uncompromising way with which he executes his vision. “Tenet” is a challenging and cerebral high concept sci fi film with an interesting…

  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    First review: letterboxd.com/thommy1801/film/alien/

    Ah, “Alien”. It might be strange to call a disturbing horror movie a comfort film, but that´s exactly what “Alien” is to me. No matter how often I´ve seen it, with every rewatch I love it a bit more. 40 years after its release, it remains the benchmark for the space horror genre and a masterclass in almost every aspect of filmmaking, may it be direction, screenplay, worldbuilding, cinematography, editing, set design, creature design, special effects, sound…