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  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    ★★★★

    I tried watching it yesterday. Turned it off after 40 minutes. Couldn't stand the standard DV-cameras with the odd angles and out-of-focus characters. It was a step below Spike Lee's Bamboozled. However, I was more in the mood today (also after seeing episode 11 of Twin Peaks), took out my notebook trying to figure out the different dimensions and I gave it another shot. "One shouldn't be judgmental towards a film like that," I said. And now I feel drenched.…

  • The Great White Silence

    The Great White Silence

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    What a marvel. The poetic and majestic force of Antarctica portrayed in a documentary, beautifully restored by the BFI in 2011, about an expedition that are trying to get to the South Pole first. New intertitles with colors that match what we see on the screen and oozes out the right atmosphere. When we go from orange to blue intertitles, the film manages to make me feel cold, as soon as the expedition get to the big mass of ice.…

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  • Eat Drink Man Woman

    Eat Drink Man Woman

    ★★★★½

    There's some movies you can't watch while hungry. You'll immediately feel the need to have something delicious while watching, because food is the primary communication in the Eat Drink Man Woman. The main lead, Mr. Chu, is a master chef and cooks delicious dinners for his three adult daughters. The movie uses crisp sound and sight (some visually beautiful close-ups as well) to symbolically communicate the ideas of traditionalism and new cultures emerging in Taiwan (and their family), about relationships…

  • Host

    Host

    Other than the creative way of displaying the credit sequences at the end, this was just some incredibly boring jump scares. And I bet that the background geiger counter sound effect that's there for no reason is because it sounded so eerie in Chernobyl.

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    I started playing the drums when I was 8 (before that was when I was a toddler, banging on pots and pans). Now I'm 24.
    "Whiplash" just captured everything. The feel of sitting behind the kit, getting yelled at by an instructor, how desperate you sometime feel, how fixated you are. This one hit home base for me. Other than several drum fills that don't match what you see on screen, you get a flawless film. The editing, the performances, the direction. All of this makes up for the obvious mistakes. Everything is so tight, so correct, with the perfect precision that a drummer should have.

  • Utøya: July 22

    Utøya: July 22

    ★★★★

    During the aftermath of 22nd July of 2011, I mentioned to a AUF-member that someone will probably capitalize on the horrible event and make a feature length film about it. He promptly un-friended me on Facebook. While I know that the subject is hard, I know that based on movies like Elephant, Polytechnique and several others, someone would do exactly that with this tragedy. Sooner or later.

    However, the way this movie turned out, does not feel like it's capitalizing…