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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★

    The rabbits have escaped their cages and they are not the only ones.

    Here's the thing about Us. On a technical level it's absolutely brilliant and even if my rating isn't very high it's still an absolute pleasure to watch this movie because Peele is just so good at directing horror and there are so many elements from the score to the cinematography that are absolutely perfect. My only real issue with the movie is the script and unfortunately the…

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    ★★★★★

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been one of my favourite movies for what must be about 14 years now. I've seen it countless times at home – alone, with friends, with my parents – I've seen the musical pretty much every time I could, but I've never seen the movie on the big screen. Not that there weren't any screenings – there were, but they're always during the film festival and by the time I know if I have…

  • Vox Lux

    Vox Lux

    ★★

    I pretty much stand by what I said about the movie in my first review except that now that I've seen it again I finally came to the conclusion that I don't like it very much. Vox Lux is not bad enough for me to hate it, it's mostly just frustrating because it touches on so many themes without ever actually making a point.

    Also – and this is probably something that could be easily ignored – I'm not buying…

  • Cold War

    Cold War

    ★★★★★

    I wish I could stop rewatching Cold War. This was the 4th time I've seen it and I'd probably watch it again tomorrow if there were still screenings somewhere. I actually got my mum to come with me this time because the local film club had a screening, although I was a bit worried that she wouldn't like it because it's not exactly the kind of movie we usually watch together. The movie was about to start and suddenly the…

  • Nocturama

    Nocturama

    ★½

    My main takeaway from Nocturama is that 1) Bonello is definitely not for me and that 2) Willow Smith was ahead of her time when she made Whip My Hair, a misunderstood masterpiece. Other than that I'm having a really hard time to say anything about the movie because there just isn't enough there. I loved the opening for about 10 minutes but then it just kept going on without getting to the point until I lost every bit of…

  • Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan

    Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan

    ★★½

    Genghis Khan's origin story. Before watching the movie I read that this was supposed to be the first part of a trilogy and I was disappointed that the sequels were ultimately cancelled but after watching this and seeing how much it dragged – at least for me – I don't think I would have watched them anyway. Although maybe his conquests would have been more interesting. In general my only real issue with the movie are the battle scenes. Most…

  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★½

    The second movie in a row about people living in the middle of nowhere, far away from the next city. In the case of Larisa Shepitko's debut Heat it's a farm that is so isolated that they can't even use their new radio because nobody thought about extending the electricity lines so far into the wasteland. This is where the power struggle between Kemel, a young, idealistic student, and Abakir, who acts like a tyrant, takes place. The movie makes…

  • The Cave of the Yellow Dog

    The Cave of the Yellow Dog

    ★★½

    I really tried to like the movie but ultimately there just wasn't enough there to make the story engaging. Sure, it's interesting to see the life of the nomads but since the movie mostly focuses on the girl and her dog that part of the movie stays somewhat superficial. Still, it does at least address some issues that the nomads face like that more and more of them have to move to the city to find work, something that is…

  • Black Girl

    Black Girl

    ★★★★

    Black Girl tells the story of Diouana who moves from Dakar to France for what she thinks is a job as a babysitter for a wealthy family. After her arrival it doesn't take long until she has to realise that the freedom she hoped for doesn't exist. Instead she finds herself trapped in the apartment, treated without any respect and seen as a status symbol. This becomes apparent in the way she is treated by the Madame, who negates her…

  • Larisa

    Larisa

    ★★★★½

    "If your life has been enriched with care for another person, then you have already justified your existence."

    First of all, if you haven't seen it already, watch Larisa Shepitko's masterpiece The Ascent. It's on Youtube, so you have no excuse. Also, I would recommend you to watch it before watching the documentary because it spoils the ending of the movie.

    This short documentary about Shepitko's life and death was made by her husband Elem Klimov the year after she…

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    I don't believe in separating the art from the artist in cases like this. It works in situations where there's a certain distance between the artist's actions and the art or when they're dead, but where it's been known for decades that somebody abuses boys and young men because there have been several lawsuits and their name is the first to come up in every conversation about abuse in Hollywood then I don't really see a reason why I should…

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★½

    Not a week goes by where I don't think about this scene. Barry Keoghan bloody and bruised, tied to a chair in the basement, biting Colin Farrell's arm. Then, right after he finally lets go biting his own arm, ripping out a chunk of flesh. It's a metaphor.

    That one scene was burned into my memory like I watched it a hundred times but it's been more than a year since I watched The Killing of a Sacred Deer for…