• A Hero

    A Hero

    ★★★★½

    Hardly any country is viewed from the outside as black and white as Iran - and hardly any other country makes films that deal with ethical issues in such an ambivalent manner.

    A Hero tells the story of Rahim who wants to do everything right and therefore does almost everything wrong is one of the best films by Master of dilemma. A tightly constructed ethical drama, closely observed and full of sympathy for all too human weaknesses.
    Rahim is not…

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

    It has seldom been more difficult for me to summarize a film in words. But I'll try.

    A deeply human film with multi-layered characters and complex feelings and thoughts, scenes whose meaning only becomes clear over time, which are thought-provoking and touching beyond that. A gripping, three-hour film adaptation with strong actors in numerous exchanges of words and impressive moments of complete silence.

    During three hours, a very differentiated picture of Kafuku emerged to me. He stages his theaters in…

  • Zola

    Zola

    ★★★½

    Really liked it.
    Has a very Sean Baker style to it both visually and subject matter wise. Ofcourse in his hands this would have been an even greater film.

    Performances are all around great with Colman stealing the show. It's funny how Zola remains mostly a supporting player/spectator in her own film for most of the runtime. Also Cousin Gregg (Nicolas Braun) needs to do more roles where he's not gaslighted and humiliated to the core.

    Works both as a cautionary tale of the famous "American dream" and a game between confinement and the freedom to move, even if the obstacles are unavoidable.

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  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★½

    Generations are no longer 25 or 30 years apart as they used to be, but only ten, at most 15. The world is accelerating more and more, a person like Julie finds it difficult to calm down.

    For example in one of the best scenes the long-celebrated comic artist, who is suddenly attacked for the sexism in his underground comics, by younger women who do not show the slightest desire to accept the earlier habits and morals of another time…

  • A Hidden Life

    A Hidden Life

    ★★★★

    Mallick's creative indulgences did make this one a challenging watch for me but he shines with a great ensemble and a dramaturgy that gains strength in the second act and leaves you gasping for the air by the end.

    One of the finest love stories.!

  • A Separation

    A Separation

    ★★★★★

    The re-watch has consolidated few beliefs

    1. That A Separation is the greatest film of last decade and maybe the greatest of 21st century.

    2. That Asgar Farhadi is the most emotionally intelligent filmmaker we've right now.

    3. That no one has more empathetic gaze towards the victims of disparity (irrespective of class/gender) than Farhadi.

    4. That Farhadi is the most original and inimitable filmmaker rn, even NBC, PTA can have extentions to/influences in their filmmaking style but not Farhadi.…

  • Maanaadu

    Maanaadu

    ★★★½

    SJS show through and thorough.

    Owns the film, after an ordinary first half filled with familiar beats for a time loop film it's when SJS joins the party, the fun begins.
    The writing gets smarter and more unpredictable thus making the cat and mouse game between him and STR a blast.

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★½

    There comes a time in every great n crazy artist's life when his eccentricity takes over his brilliance.

  • Red Rocket

    Red Rocket

    ★★★★½

    The one thing that's common in every Sean Baker protagonist is that they have their goal literally right in front of their eyes, but no matter how hard they try, the“ American Dream ”just won't come true for them.
    However, Baker refrains from telling stories about "victims", instead he creates rousing, self-determined characters again this time, who lead a dignified life with sometimes more, sometimes less legal means.
    Also almost all of the characters from the Sean Baker films have…

  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★½

    Too pure to be an American - both this film and Mike Mills.

  • Passing

    Passing

    ★★★½

    Beautifully acted