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  • Piercing

    Piercing

    ★★★★

    To be honest I was a bit sceptical after watching the trailer but there's something about Piercing that fascinates me so much and it ended up blowing me away just like the book did some months ago and it really makes me wonder if maybe my first impression of Nicolas Pesce was wrong and if maybe I should give The Eyes of My Mother a second chance.

    It's just so much fun to see Reed and Jackie play their fucked…

  • Tokyo Vampire Hotel

    Tokyo Vampire Hotel

    ★★★★★

    A few days ago I was complaining about how long it's been since horror truly excited me and then I started watching Tokyo Vampire Hotel and immediately fell in love with it. I've honestly never seen anything that checked off so many of my interests, it's like Sion Sono read my mind and made this show specifically for me.

    Tokyo Vampire Hotel is about two vampire clans fighting over a girl who drank Dracula's blood at the dawn of the…

  • Loro

    Loro

    ★½

    To be honest, I'm not really sure what to do with this movie. In general I do like Sorrentino's style – although I couldn't tell you a single thing that happened in any of his movies because none of them left more than a fleeting impression – but here it is the main reason why I'm having a hard time to understand what he's trying to say – or if he even wants to make a point.

    There are maybe…

  • Leto

    Leto

    ★★★★½

    Leto is probably the movie that surprised me the most last year. Initially I almost dismissed it because it didn't seem like something that would appeal to me but somehow I ended up watching it anyways and ended up enjoying it quite a bit. Still, I didn't think I would rewatch it anytime soon but today was what seems to be the last screening and since I had nothing better to do I went. And to my surprise I ended…

  • Where Hands Touch

    Where Hands Touch

    ½

    I'm truly baffled. I guess we all expected this to be bad but there is so much wrong with this movie that I'm not even gonna try to list everything that bothers me about it. How can you make so many choices? There's one scene in particular that's so repulsive it made me question if anyone even bothered reading the script before greenlighting the movie because there is no way there wasn't a single person in the room that thought…

  • Wings

    Wings

    ★★★

    War movies in general are something I don't care for a lot – especially if they involve planes. It certainly doesn't help that Wings is almost 2.5 hours long or that of the two scores included on the DVD I watched the one I preferred included random sound effects like gunshots or punches, which is probably one of my least favourite things about silent movie scores. I can see why these effects might enhance the experience for some people but…

  • Cold War

    Cold War

    ★★★★★

    "Let's go to the other side. The view is better there."

    Definitely a 5 star movie. After watching Cold War for the first time it left me wanting more, because it's so short and because I wanted to spend more time with these characters but upon rewatch I have to say that everything here works so perfectly that adding a few scenes could have only made it worse. Sometimes a few moments are enough to tell a love story that…

  • Asako I & II

    Asako I & II

    ★★★★½

    Asako and Baku's relationship is a lot like the firecrackers that led to their fateful encounter – intense but short lived. Maybe their relationship was always doomed to fail. Maybe they both wanted to make more of a magical moment than it actually was. Maybe fate wasn't enough. Years later Asako meets Ryohei who looks exactly like her vanished boyfriend and again it is fate that brings them together. But this time it isn't just a brief moment and they…

  • Burn the Stage: The Movie

    Burn the Stage: The Movie

    ★★½

    I was never a concert person. Thanks to my back it's pretty much impossible for me to stand for a long time without being in pain and after several bad experiences I decided that concerts weren't for me because even if I enjoyed them to some degree the pain just wasn't worth it. I had accepted that I would probably never go to a concert again but then BTS happened.

    I've been listening to BTS since 2014 but it wasn't…

  • Vox Lux

    Vox Lux

    After everything I heard about Vox Lux I expected that I would either love or hate it and it was pretty much my most anticipated movie of the year but now that I've finally seen it I have absolutely no idea how I feel about it and the more time I spent thinking about the movie the more conflicted I feel.

    First of all I genuinely can't tell if the movie loves or hates pop music because it's so ambivalent.…

  • The Hungry Lion

    The Hungry Lion

    ★★½

    I wish I liked this more than I did – like a lot more. The Hungry Lion makes some very good points, I just don't like the way it makes them. Some of my issues with the movie are about personal preference – like the static shots and the seemingly endless black screens between the scenes made the movie feel so much longer than just under 80 minutes for me but that some other people loved about it – but…

  • 3 Faces

    3 Faces

    ★★★★

    You have no idea how much it annoys me when people dismiss any award an Iranian director – but especially Jafar Panahi – wins as mere political statements, as if the quality of their work alone isn't enough to warrant recognition. Yes, Panahi is not allowed to leave his country, and yes it is briefly mentioned but the movie's focus lies somewhere else.

    Like Panahi's previous movie 3 Faces is heavily influenced by Abbas Kiarostami and while the similarities are…