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  • News of the World

    News of the World

    ★★★½

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    Today: News from the World

    "To move forward you must first remember."
    (Helena Zengel as Johanna)

    Hi everybody, Paul Greengrass with his amazing original Bourne Trilogy and Tom Hanks, his amazing filmography, talent, charisma, are absolutely favorites of us, but it was Helena Zengel who immediately made us interested in this 19th-century Western, based on the book of the same name. Her performance in the social drama System Crasher was, even if you…

  • System Crasher

    System Crasher

    ★★★★★

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    Today: System Crasher

    "If the system gets too tight, you are forced to crash it."
    (The Two Cineasts)

    Hi everybody, one of us is a pedagogue the other one just very interested and together we had two years ago an experience which leaved a long-lasting echo and evoked the desire to see this mentally exhausting social drama, exhausting in a way but simultaneously oh so different to a "Turin Horse", 118 minutes that…

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  • Soviet Elegy

    Soviet Elegy

    ★★★½

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    Today: Soviet Elegy

    Hi everybody, Alexandr Sokurov has made over 50 (experimental) documentaries, shorts and films each with his very own style which you can clearly recognize in the early minutes of "Soviet Elegy" while the camera takes us across a cemetery. What follows are 120 pictures of communist leaders and another example of Sokurov's visual language without explanation but clearly not without an intention. He presents us the end of a political…

  • Moscow Elegy

    Moscow Elegy

    ★★★★

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    Today: Moscow Elegy

    „There was a time before and a time after the first movie of Andrei Tarkovsky.“
    (The Two Cineasts)

    Hi everybody, as you can see when zooming in our profile picture, we are not only fans of masterclass director Stanley Kubrick, but Andrei Tarkovsky too, our first pick when it comes to our favorite director of all time. Like Larisa about Larisa Shepitko the director and wife of Elem Klimov, "Moscow…

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  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★★★

    "When I first was writing the script I thought it was about loneliness. What I learned while writing the script is this was about a man who suffered from the pathology of loneliness, he wasn't only by nature he was lonely as a defense mechanism and he reinforced his own loneliness by his own behavior and the pathology grew until it became malignant and violent."
    (Screenwriter Paul Schrader)


    AN INDIVIDUALS FIGHT AGAINST LONELINESS - SCORSESE'S DARK MASTERPIECE OF URBAN ALIENATION IS DISTURBING, POWERFUL, AND REMAINS RELEVANT

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    "But now I'm not so sure I believe in beginnings and endings. There are days that define your story beyond your life. Like the day they arrived."
    (Amy Adams as Louise Banks)

    A SHAME TO GIVE AN EXPRESSION OF THIS JOURNY IN SUCH A TRIVIAL WAY LIKE A RATINGSYSTEM


    (Had to add this to the finished review because it felt right) I need to say before the review starts like the title says, it's hard to talk about this experience…