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  • Men Without Women

    Men Without Women

    The only available version of Men Without Women is a messy International Sound Version which looks a lot like a lost Guy Maddin movie.

  • Long Twilight

    Long Twilight

    ★★★½

    After Hours in the middle of Hungarian nowhere.

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★

    Mandy is music for the eyes.

    Review (in Dutch):
    gertverbeek.com/mandy-panos-cosmatos-2018/

  • The Breaking Point

    The Breaking Point

    ★★★★½

    The second adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novel To Have And Have Not is much darker than Howard Hawks’ 1944 romantic adventure. John Garfield’s Harry Morgan is a classic film noir antihero, haunted by the memories of war and out of luck. His work at sea is a way of escaping the demons that keep him awake at home at night. Inventive use of sound makes Harry a restless man. Back on land he’s being followed by diegetic music (like the…

  • Lost in America

    Lost in America

    ★½

    The recent release of Lost In America as part of The Criterion Collection suggests it’s an essential part of the comedy film canon. It probably is when you are a fan of Albert Brooks. To me his episodic movie looks like a montage of deleted scenes from an unsold sitcom pilot. I wasn’t expecting this to be so unfunny. It’s 91 minutes of a very talky Brooks having several tantrums. The shouting doesn’t make the half-baked jokes any better.

  • Genius

    Genius

    ★★★

    Does editor Max Perkins (Colin Firth) also sleep with his hat on?

  • The Colossus of New York

    The Colossus of New York

    ★½

    Dr. William Spensser – brilliant brain surgeon, lousy designer.

  • The Wailing

    The Wailing

    ★★★½

    Twin Peaks in South Korea.

  • Murders in the Zoo

    Murders in the Zoo

    ★★½

    Murders In The Zoo is een beruchte film uit Pre-Code Hollywood. De film heeft een naargeestige sfeer en het geweld is bij vlagen buitenproportioneel. De filmmakers zetten binnen de eerste minuten meteen de toon door te laten zien hoe de jaloerse Eric Gorman (Lionel Atwill) afrekent met de minnaar van zijn vrouw Evelyn (Kathleen Burke). De rijke jager en zoöloog laat tijdens een safari in de jungle zijn rivaal vasthouden terwijl hij diens lippen zonder verdoving aan elkaar naait.

    De…

  • Race

    Race

    ★★½

    Race is een gelikte productie die het niet echt van de atletiek moet hebben; de 100 meter sprint is binnen tien seconden geklaard. Om het gemis aan spannende wedstrijden te compenseren worden er meer affaires aan het verhaal toegevoegd dan wenselijk is, met als gevolg dat verhaallijnen en personages geïntroduceerd worden die vervolgens een rol in de marge krijgen toebedeeld.

    Dankzij de moderne technieken zien de jaren dertig er goed uit in Race. Het is redelijk indrukwekkend om Jesse Owens…

  • Roar

    Roar

    ★½

    Roar is slapstick with lions, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, elephants and a bunch of idiots running for their lives. It’s a comedy version of The Birds with fangs and claws instead of beaks and feathers. Many stitches were needed to heal the attacked cast and crew. Melanie Griffith (daughter of producer and actress Tippi Hedren) almost got disfigured after being attacked by one of the feline co-stars. Roar will also keep its audience in stitches. It’s a highly entertaining disaster of a movie.

  • Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs

    ★★★½

    Steve Jobs or (The Unexpected Virtue of Arrogance).

    Review (in Dutch): gertverbeek.com/?p=4591