Robert (he/him)

Rating since September 2013.

Favorite films = personal highlights of 2022.

Favorite films

  • Alcarràs
  • Klondike
  • Beautiful Beings
  • Aftersun

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  • A Time for Drunken Horses

    ★★★½

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★

  • The Gray Man

    ★★½

  • Mass

    ★★★★

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  • Atlantide

    Atlantide

    ★★★★

    Maybe the most rewarding surprise coming out of Venice this year, Atlantide is a peculiar and headstrong piece of auteur cinema, packing an impressive amount of contemporary themes in a stylish package. The image of romantic Venice is completely deconstructed. One of the shots that stands out is a group of local youth having a DIY techno party on a deserted island in the lagoon, while an immense cruise ship passes by and fills up the frame, tourists gawking from…

  • Hit the Road

    Hit the Road

    ★★★★½

    Panahi knocks it out of the ballpark with his no less than sublime debut. Following in the footsteps of his father in terms of social and political rage, but creating his own unique style altogether. Playing out with the same moments of genuine laugther like indie hit Little Miss Sunshine (2007), but ultimately more angry. The dialogue is sharp and poetic. Its four-headed ensemble is extraordinary, with the youngest family member as the obvious standout. There are multiple memorable scenes…

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  • A Time for Drunken Horses

    A Time for Drunken Horses

    ★★★½

    A demanding, crystal clear neo-realist story that feels 15 minutes too short. Striking finale that stays with you.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★

    Daniels’ follow-up to their completely bonkers debut Swiss Army Man is another highly original queer extravaganza masterpiece with a central message about love. Creating emotion out of a scene containing just two rocks is testimony of Kwan and Scheinert’s ability to find beauty in the absurd and the unconventional. Michelle Yeoh deserves and lives up to every single persona she is offered by the excellent script and Jamie Lee Curtis owns her screen time. Though the mind-boggling rules of the…

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  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★½

    With Last Night in Soho Wright has made an energetic and vibrant love letter to the 60s, employing ingenious storytelling to gradually sink into darker, unnerving territory, making both mental illness and the abuse of women its key themes. It’s a more matured turn by the director known for cheap laughs, but the final product still feels a bit flat in places, with the signature gore style characteristic of Wright’s oeuvre used during the film’s climax failing to do the…

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★½

    Scott successfully returns to the knight and armor genre with The Last Duel, turning the medieval period in the perfect, if little subtle, reflection on #MeToo and fake news. Apart from some brief action packed battle sequences and a stunning and exhilarating climatic duel, the slightly overlong film really plays out as a talkative drama. Dividing the plot in three different versions of the truth at stake, the film gradually reveals all we need to know to give proper judgement.…