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  • Berlin Alexanderplatz

    Berlin Alexanderplatz


    Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert...

    Forty years ago today, the first episode of Fassbinder's magnum opus Berlin Alexanderplatz first aired on German television, and it is my intention to watch every single episode on its 40th anniversary - a project that will keep going until December 29th. This review will get updated after every episode.

    The first episode, aptly titled The Punishment Begins, opens with our main character's release from prison, where he served a four-year sentence for manslaughter. Franz…

  • La Strada

    La Strada


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

    Reading all those tributes about Fellini's centennial made me want to revisit La Strada, which I feel I should do more often anyway.

    La Strada is one of my Holy Trinity of Cinema (the others being 2001 and Rashomon), a film I hold sacred and dear to my heart, that transcends its artform and that I will never not admire with every fiber of my being.

    Much of this is due to Giulietta Masina, who is playing Gelsomina. She might…

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  • The Magnificent Ambersons

    The Magnificent Ambersons


    In an alternate universe, it is this film, and not Citizen Kane, that is hailed as the crown jewel in Orson Welles' body of work.

    And sure, the version we have in this universe is only a fragment of what it was intended to be, and we can only imagine how sweeping and grand a masterpiece it would be if it was intact - but then again, what is the Colosseum in Rome but a fragment of what it used…

  • Bobby Fischer Against the World

    Bobby Fischer Against the World


    Does a good job of telling us that Bobby Fischer was an irritating asshole, but doesn't seem nearly as interested in finding out how he became that way.

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  • Pieces of a Woman

    Pieces of a Woman


    That opening was gruelling, and it was, frankly, unnecessary. It is very well possible to make a film about the trauma of a miscarriage without actually spending this much of your runtime on showing the actual miscarriage - it feels exploitative, and cheapens the film. It's as if Manchester by the Sea began with a 20-minute scene that makes us witness the death of Casey Affleck's and Michelle Williams children in a blazing fire.

    The film should have trusted its…

  • Mank



    Hot take: Mank is... not great?

    Certainly, the film is without a doubt technically abolutely flawless (as should be expected, considering the talent involved), but I could never quite connect with it on any level, as just about every scene feels like Fincher expects a pat on the back for being oh so clever.

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