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  • Stalker
  • Pi
  • The Fire Within
  • The Magician

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  • Before Sunset

    ★★★★

  • M. Butterfly

    ★★★½

  • Surviving Desire

    ★★★

  • 2046

    ★★½

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  • Solaris

    Solaris

    ★★★★★

    existential cinema at its purest. most of the credit is to be given to stanislaw lem, tarkowskij just casts it into the right mould. an intellectual feast. a prototype construction for so many philosophical and psychoanalytic ideas. my main thought during my 3rd viewing was about the internal objects, which are haunting you during your whole life - put into a perfect image here. Solaris is the movie every brooder will be thankful for the rest of his life. and by this a central masterpiece of its own.

  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    Stalker was the movie I was falling asleep at when watching it for the first time around, at the age of 15 - waking up some 30 minutes later, to realize this feeling I would never have in my life again: the film held me during this time, took care of me, watched over me... was it all a dream? was this even real? where am I? was it possibly created for such an experience? a moment I'll never forget.…

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  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset

    ★★★★

    a little more deliberate and grown up than the youthful whippersnapper Before Sunrise was. being a melancholic student movie with existential tones the follow up is rather laid back, has - just like his protagonists - more experience and does have the knowledge about his heritage.

  • M. Butterfly

    M. Butterfly

    ★★★½

    shouldn't be missed out on in any gender patriarchal hegemonial colonial class all over the western world. Cronenberg anticipated all our contemporary updated discourses in his body cinema early on anyhow.

    an overlong elegiacal pre-story ends in brutal consequences, when perversion, passion and desire (and the own transgression) aren't assimilable, pushed into denial and a schizophren gender turn of self-destruction makes for a lofty finale.

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  • Red Rocket

    Red Rocket

    ★★★★½

    Bakers pink, swaggy, sweaty character study of a man (or country right away) shifting between low life existence and omnipotence, white trash america and malignant narcissism, happy-go-lucky easiness and manipulative mania, bon vivant gold digging and twisted morals, a man free like a bird and trapped in a society where an antisocial lifestyle can bring you far, if sold in the right fashion. a true flibbertigibbet (whut?) and Baker knows how to sell him to us in his rollercoaster ride from warm-hearted laughs to choking from this chunk of pork meat with a donut hole.

  • Happening

    Happening

    ★★★

    accurate arthouse of miserablism. the technique is flawless, no doubt. Anamaria Vartolomeis doe eyes - scared and agitated one moment, smug and sardonic the next, usually pretty rebellious all of the time - are giving you a focal point.

    besides that: the circumstances, the times, oh holy! 60s ain't no fun times for people wanting to have fun. we kinda knew. all the girls are trapped in the zeitgeist, all the boys are heartless, cold pricks or simply heartless, cold…