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  • The Captain

    The Captain

    ★★★½

    Based on true events, “The Captain” takes place during the last weeks of World War II and follows the German soldier Willi Herold, who assumes the identity of a captain of the German army by wearing his uniform and uses his newfound authority to orchestrate several war crimes.

    Some scenes border on dark comedy and satire, but overall, the film is bleak and disturbing as hell and explores the darkest sides of humanity. A clear feel-bad movie. Its themes include…

  • Young Frankenstein

    Young Frankenstein

    ★★★★

    “Young Frankenstein” might have a lower gag frequency than other Mel Brooks films such as “Blazing Saddles” and “Spaceballs”, but almost every gag is a hit and from a filmmaking perspective, the movie is one of the director´s finest works.

    The film is a hilarious parody of the classic Universal Frankenstein movies and the respect and affection for the originals can be felt in every scene. I would even say that “Young Frankenstein” feels more like a fun and heartfelt…

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  • A Fistful of Dollars

    A Fistful of Dollars

    ★★★★

    First review: letterboxd.com/thommy1801/film/a-fistful-of-dollars/

    If you steal, steal from the best. Yeah, “A Fistful of Dollars” is an unofficial remake of Akira Kurosawa´s samurai masterpiece “Yojimbo”, but hey, it´s a great story and it works just as well in a Wild West setting (though I prefer the original). Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood, and Ennio Morricone are a dream team and because of them, the film oozes style and coolness. I would recommend it as the ideal introduction to both Leone´s filmography and spaghetti western in general. The wonderful thing about the Dollars trilogy is that it begins great and gets even better with every film.

  • Aliens

    Aliens

    ★★★★★

    First review: letterboxd.com/thommy1801/film/aliens/

    James Cameron knows how to make sequels. Instead of just rehashing the first film, which would be a recipe for failure, he expanded the world, lore, and scope, developed the protagonist, and, most importantly, added a whole new spin to the franchise. He didn´t just changed the tone and atmosphere, he basically changed the whole genre. Watching both films back to back is great, since you get equally exciting, though completely different experiences. At the same time,…