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  • The Wild Goose Lake

    The Wild Goose Lake

    ★★★½

    VIFF - Film #8

    “I just wanted to get some sleep.”

    I hadn’t seen such a dry and crude crime thriller since No Country For Old Men. Keeping distances of course, because this one is pretty inconsistent at times.

    A *really* slow and methodic catch-the-guy flick, which shines due to the incredibly stylish way of being filmed. A lot of unique and creative shots on this.

    My main complaint is either not enough violence and action, or too much. Going one of those ways would’ve made this a lot better.

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★½

    VIFF - Film #7

    “Do all lovers feel as if they're inventing something?”


    What a beautiful, beautiful film. Schiama’s incredibly touching masterpiece is not only compelling on its narrative, but on its visuals as well. 

    Every single frame looks like an oil painting. But they still remain emotionally impactful and with meaning. Like the very last shot of the movie, which is absolutely stunning. Perfect, I’d dare to say. Probably this year’s best closing scene.

    Tender, devastatingly romantic, elegant and seductive. Portrait of a Lady on Fire reminds us that love exists on the tiniest, most subtle details.

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★½

    “Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?”


    Eh, no.

    This is what happens when people misunderstand movies like Taxi Driver or The King Of Comedy. They try their hardest to do an edgy, quotable, transgressive film. And it ends up being a dumb, empty rip-off.

    Pretty at times, filled with over exposition, annoyingly insistent, cRaZY, and morally contradictory. But sort of entertaining, I guess. This Phillips guy took the easy way out on every single opportunity he had.…

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★

    “The enemy up here is not a person or a thing. It’s the endless void.”


    The eternal search for the father.

    Homer talked about this in his Odyssey, with the adventure of Telemachus. Parents inevitably define oneself. Either because of their actions while being there, or because of their absecence. To shake their legacy off of one's back turns out to grow more and more difficult as the years go by.

    Gray’s Ad Astra shows this painful, but necessary relantionship…