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  • Stalker
  • Pi
  • The Fire Within
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  • Apocalypse Now

    ★★★

  • If I Think of Germany at Night

    ★★

  • Miami Vice

    ★★½

  • Havarie

    ★★

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  • A Coffee in Berlin

    A Coffee in Berlin

    ★★★½

    surprisingly good, conceptually something between a german Woody Allen, "just another bad day" comedy, short story collection and an apathetic coming-of-age in urban landscape scenario.

    gets away from the typical German just-humorous/no-deepeness approach, and finishes pretty contemplative. most of the time it gets into berlin clichés, but not as superficial to not like it. if you get back to the Allen reference one could say "Oh Boy" is a piece about berlin of the 00s as "Manhattan" was one about the New York of the 70s. this - of course - would be already too much blasphemy for most people.

  • DAU. Natasha

    DAU. Natasha

    go ahead discussing this as an art project in the context of an installation or museum, but please, don't consider this a "film". it's not. whatever it might be - a lack of a concept, bad editing, wrong choices made somewhere during the executing process (most likely all of it and much more) - it doesn't add up. in the end it caused a controversy about a whole lot of nothing. fake news in the art world, and another cynical, shameful and self-revealing proof of how the art business is subdued to a capitalistic market.

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  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★

    body over spirit, not mind over matter. surreal chaos floating into delirious madness. pictorial thunderstorms for our collective cultural memory. a psychedelic carousel. abstract apathy. the horrors of war are beyond our imagination, this eeriness is bringing us as close as possible.

    the rating is for the redux version (nearly an hour longer) though - not recommendable. basically all additional scenes are pretty horrible, fragmenting and decelerating the movie, irritating the audience. a needless refurbish.

  • Miami Vice

    Miami Vice

    ★★½

    Manns refurbished post 2000 variation of the 80 gold standard chic of his own bar raising, unique flannel flamingo crime show. good genre piece, mediocre Michael Mann output. a little underwhelming considering the iconographic status of the original material. sloppy inaccuracies here and there, the whole work trapped in the ambivalence of entering a dark modernity while sticking to conventional formulas.

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  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★½

    shamefully bowing my head here - on the first look I saw "just" a decent genre movie. upon the rewatch now - 5 years later and having Eggers masterpiece The Lighthouse in mind - this is a much denser, smarter and deeper work.

    Eggers uses the horror backdrop as atmosphere setter - this is the handcrafting part, that he masters already in this feature debut like an absolute pro. actually it's crazy good - elegant, subtle and dainty.

    besides that…

  • Havarie

    Havarie

    ★★

    was hunting this down since half a decade. another uber minimalistic work by Scheffner, overly ruminating in its own conceptual outline, dismissing the visual level in favor of an experiment, that isn't even all too experimental, but very political.

    so small, it could easily disappear in an cinematic ocean.