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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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  • A City of Sadness

    A City of Sadness

    ★★★★½

    I'm still fairly new to Hou Hsiao-hsien's cinema, but his rigorous way he portrays this family is very captivating. I am already a big fan of A Brighter Summer Day, so this was a beautiful companion piece by another director. Showing us the harrowing White terror in Taiwan through the eyes of a simple family. Especially how it echoes today, when the China/Taiwan issues still are present. I feel like I should've known more about Taiwanese post-WWII history as a preparation, but that didn't dampen my experience.

  • Blind Chance

    Blind Chance

    ★★★★½

    First of all, love that it has a scene where the sound effect comes much later than the origin due to distance (I won't say much about this scene, due to spoilers, but it's quite effective). The film is quite politically driven, but Kieślowski's human characters shine through, in a story constructed around a small ordinary incident with vast consequences of the protagonist's life. Each time with Wojciech Kilar's emotional string music, that brings harmonies to this play between chance and fate.

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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…