• Trust

    Trust

    ★★★½

    Funny, romantic and even at times poetic movie about two lost characters who are almost polar opposites. This results in a project that is subtly funny, without even trying to be hilarious while also being subtly dramatic, without trying to evoke strong emotions. It’s done very well, the characters are more complex than they may seem, especially Maria goes through a transformation, including wearing some hot glasses.

  • The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil

    The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil

    ★★★½

    Cool action movie that never bores a second, despite the expected bloody violence, there is also no lack of humor. The candy-colored filters are also remarkable; something you don’t see much these days in action movies, it all looks really slick. It’s certainly not the most brilliant film within its genre, but it’s fast paced, looks good and has an overall ‘coolness’ to it, thanks to the great performances of the three.

  • Creed

    Creed

    ★★

    Mediocore movie with all of the typical ‘boxing-cliches’ and unnecessary sideplots. Jordan is the typical though boy with a little heart, he’s sympathetic but that’s it, no depth. furthermore, the film lacks any form of individuality or originality. Coogler does his best to create atmosphere in the film, but fails everywhere, the locations are just not good enough and lack imagination. It has some decent boxing scenes with long takes and a close camera. Nicely made, with flair. Besides that; quite forgettable.

  • Mona Lisa

    Mona Lisa

    ★★★½

    Nice neo-noir that feels hard, intimistisch and deeply human, a nice balance between romance and crime. The film takes time to set up the story and atmosphere, giving us plenty of time to get to know the characters. Simone and her intoxicating charm and the somewhat clumsy George make an odd pair on screen, yet the combination between these two characters is just right, especially when it hits an emotional climax you’ll understand it better.

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★★

    Not gonna lie, first half on the island was very entertaining, fast pace, solid CGI, lots of dinosaurs and a nice setting. Then it turns tables. Rest of the movie feels very cliche, like the capitalist stuff, the bad guys, apart from a few interesting moments, hardly anything special is created. Meanwhile, some nonsensical twists and turns are thrown through it, so that the inevitable third part can still be set up.

  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    ★★★★

    Beautiful film, also quite poetic once you understand the title. After seeing this you feel almost as miserable as the dancing people. Throughout the film you see almost nothing but a bunch of people getting more and more exhausted on a dance floor, it’s breathtaking, exasperating and overwhelming portrayed. This leads to deeply sad images with a sinister atmosphere. The ending is the most impressive and really hit me. The movie was on my mind anyway, but it kept me thinking about it even more.

  • Bad Match

    Bad Match

    ★★½

    Decent movie, entertaining but nothing special. The story takes a while before it gets interesting, the main character is a huge asshole, but eventually it builds up to a climax nicely. The concept itself seems absurd and yet it comes across realistically scary given the possibilities of the internet. The movie isn’t long so when you have bonuses what to watch, this is that movie you’ll watch quickly to be entertained.

  • Boiling Point

    Boiling Point

    ★★★½

    A film that mainly relies on acting and its camerawork, which is both excellent, Stephen Graham goed hard. Although over the years the one-take-film has a bit become a gimmick and has done better by other, it remains impressive and this movie adjust it solid to a hectic environment, with lots of activity, people talking, shouting over eachother and problems that pile up. Speaking of that last one, sadly the problems here are a bit of a cliche. The film is very ‘busy’, but besides the last 10 minutes it doesn't manage to get as stressful as we know from the superior Safdie’s.

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom

    ★½

    Every time I see Anderson I feel like he has turned a children's cartoon into a real life movie, the story is often childish and completely illogical. Anderson tries to build a bridge to adult viewers through his way of filming, which indeed does not resemble a standard children's film at all. Anderson's humor has never clicked with me, his work is for me too quirky, cuddly and even cringy at times.

  • Mad God

    Mad God

    ★★★

    Quirky and crazy movie. Although I’m not the biggest fan of stop motion, this was very well done, not only creative with all the different kind of monsters, it was also very detailed. The story is almost exclusively visual, there is no real plot and there is not even a hint or reason as to what is happening now. Normally that’s not a problem from me but after a wile I was kinda done with it, it didn’t became monotonous, but it couldn’t surprise me either and didn’t get as much out of it as I hoped.

  • The House of the Devil

    The House of the Devil

    ★★★½

    Charming slowburner, back to the 80s! The whole style, technically and in terms of decoration breathes grindhouse. Even nicer is the fact that there’s constantly suspense, while little or nothing happens for a long time. Some things come a bit out of the blue and the climax certainly did not blew me away. It rather relies on modesty, some intense camerawork and soundtrack and draws strength from that.

  • Hard to Be a God

    Hard to Be a God

    ★★★★★

    ‘’Creator, if you exist, blow us away. Blow us away like dust or pus. Or leave us in our rot. Destroy us all.’’

    Masterpiece. As if a hellish painting of Jheronimus Bosch comes alive. Never have I ever been more sucked into a world this disgusting, gloomy and pessimistic. A world that won’t progress, where intellectuals are being punished, people can barely speak proper and where morals don’t exist. 

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