Kall S

Uni student of media culture, film addict, freelance writer, singer-songwriter.

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  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    ★★★★½

    Great film with a brilliant cast. Matt Damon’s best performance and some wonderful supporting work from the likes of Jude Law, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Cate Blanchett. 

    I haven’t read the novel so I have zero reason to be infuriated by any narrative choices this adaptation makes. Yes, those apparent gay undertones in the novel are more like overtones here and it’s definitely not a bad thing. Actually makes this film more interesting, given it was made in the ancient era that was the 1990’s. 

    But most importantly, despite its longish runtime, this film is entertaining and captivating from the very first moment til the end.

  • The Assistant

    The Assistant

    ★★★★

    A little gem. A subdued story of the mundane horrors of a corporate environment. Julia Garner is absolutely wonderful in the leading role and her scene with Matthew Macfadyen (brilliant little cameo) is where the film peaks. Sometimes the film seems to be taking this ‘Office Whiplash’ route although it’s a very different story in many ways.

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  • Manhattan

    Manhattan

    ★★★

    As if any of those women would actually put up with Woody Allen's annoying face for five minutes.

  • The Reader

    The Reader

    ★★★½

    Firstly, I've never a seen a film with as much peeking as the first 10 minutes of this film.

    Secondly, David Kross was the real star, better than Winslet, whose career award was very deserved though.

    The most interesting way to interpret this...

    Michael is a victim of abuse. His emotional development stops at 15. He's incapable of forming healthy relationships because of his childhood experiences that he has falsely classified as love. 

    Hanna is a monster, partly responsible for the distant relationships of Michael's future. Michael only gets some true redemption when he finally opens up about his adolescent experiences to his daughter.