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  • AVP: Alien vs. Predator

    ★★★★

  • 0.5 mm

    ★★★★½

  • Touching the Skin of Eeriness

    ★★★½

  • Kiss Me, Stupid

    ★★★½

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  • AVP: Alien vs. Predator

    AVP: Alien vs. Predator

    ★★★★

    Features both some of the most tedious exposition and some of the most awesome space-horror imagery in any PWSA film, and of course I am ready to completely forget the former as soon as the gang slides down the white tube towards the completely synthetic, deliriously mechanical phantasmagoria playgrounds (I was once again surprised while rewatching that these playgrounds do not really feel claustrophobic - for PWSA, space is expansive and malleable, even when conceptualized as bone-crushing doomsday dungeon). Embalmed…

  • 0.5 mm

    0.5 mm

    ★★★★½

    Sawa starts out as the survivor of a family tragedy, only that the family isn't even her own, so that to her, the mayhem she experienced does not feel like the corruption of an imaginary whole, but just like business as usual, a maybe not necessary, but perfectly reasonable outcome of a number of incompatible people living too closely together.

    Not living together comes with its own pains, though, financial and otherwise, and so Sawa starts inserting herself into the…

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  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    This is so dull and witless - every attempt at a joke that tries to move beyond "nazis are evil but also stupid" falls completely flat - that it took me some time to realize just how terrible it is even beyond its unappealing surface. Turning Hitler into a clown is in itself no reason for moral outrage. But installing Hitler as a dematerialized, ahistoric metacinematic gadget while at the same time positioning Elsa as the bearer of historical truth,…

  • Undine

    Undine

    ★★★★½

    Resisting the libidinous pull of history. Doubling down on both madcap romanticism and the discursive underpinnings of melodrama, UNDINE probably won't find quite as many fans as PHOENIX and TRANSIT, but might be the most daring Petzold film yet. Or at the very least the most Petzold. Paula Beer rules.

    Plus there's a wonderful love-on-first-sight-as-slapstick scene, like in THE LONG GREY LINE and THE BIG PARADE.