Under the Silver Lake ★★★★½

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in Kinos, die wissen, was sich gehört. Wer auf Rian Johnson’s Brick steht oder absurden Humor, ist silberrichtig.

The story: Yearning for his missing neighbour with whom he watched How to Marry a Millionaire, skint slacker Sam (Andrew Garfield) desperately hunts for codes and clues, eventually finding stranger things than he was looking for…
Hooray for Hollywood. A movie for cinema-lovers packed with posters (The Wolf Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon) and glittering eye make-up, amazing dresses, vinyl records, comic nerdiness alongside animated sequences and doggies as dead as a dodo. David Robert Mitchell‘s buoyant follow-up to It Follows (2014) starts with a reference to Rear Window, and I suspect, it’s not by chance most references derive from the 40s and 50s, when film noir used to be a BIG deal. Having said that, a silent movie scene makes for enchantment near the skunksplash crazy finale.
Random annotations: The score sounds more unobtrusive than in It Follows, again written by Disasterpeace (Rich Vreeland), based in Los Angeles like the story itself. The cast includes Jimmi Simpson (Westworld) + Patrick Fischler (The Return/Twin Peaks). In particular I enjoyed the apartment complex with its kidney-shaped pool just setting the right tone initially, the end ~ 'cos it’s anti-melancholic plus everything happening in between.
Random trivia: A dead squirrel in the very first minutes!

Fantasy Filmfest # 4 -> The happy cookie.

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