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Favorite films

  • Princess Mononoke
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Mulholland Drive

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  • Mysterious Skin

    ★★★★

  • Love Steaks

    ★★½

  • All of Us Strangers

    ★★★½

  • Calvary

    ★★★★

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  • The Teachers’ Lounge

    The Teachers’ Lounge

    ★★★★

    The “Uncut Gems” for middle school teachers. “The Teachers´ Lounge” is a relentless, never-ending anxiety attack. The school building (which is the only setting of the film) is presented as both a microcosm of society and a psychological purgatory, as we follow a young, idealistic teacher who has to deal with the escalating consequences of well-intentioned yet poor decisions (her own and others´). It´s almost darkly comical how a movie whose inciting incident is the theft of pencils and a…

  • Poor Things

    Poor Things

    ★★★★½

    “Poor Things” truly gave me everything I wanted from a surreal steampunk fairytale directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. It´s bizarre, funny, horny, satirical, imaginative, audacious, and exhilarating. A one-of-a-kind Frankenstein fish out of water coming of age tale presented in the quirky, off-kilter Lanthimos fashion. We are offered a hilarious as well as insightful view on society from the perspective of a basically “newborn” adult woman with a blank slate mindset liberated from social conventions. It´s a story of self-discovery, sexual…

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  • Mysterious Skin

    Mysterious Skin

    ★★★★

    My first Gregg Araki film. “Mysterious Skin” is a harrowing yet tender coming of age drama about the long-term trauma caused by child sexual abuse. It´s hard-hitting and disturbing but never exploitative and unwavering in its deep empathy for its two protagonists. The film shows two different ways to cope with trauma and both feel real and authentic. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Brady Corbet are both magnificent and the raw pain in their performances cuts deep. I´m also impressed by Araki´s…

  • Love Steaks

    Love Steaks

    ★★½

    “Love Steaks” is a German low-budget mumblecore romcom that takes place in a luxury hotel. The improvised dialogue, rough look, and aimless narrative aren´t that remarkable but I like the authentic vibe (most of the supporting characters are played by real hotel employees) and both leads, Franz Rogowski and Lana Cooper, are captivating to watch and have endearing chemistry.

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  • BLUE EYE SAMURAI

    BLUE EYE SAMURAI

    ★★★★½

    Wow, Netflix drops a banger adult-oriented animated series and barely promotes it. Classic Netflix things.

    “Blue Eye Samurai” takes place in Japan during the Edo period when the country had a very strict isolationist foreign policy and follows a female mixed-race samurai named Mizu, who disguises herself as a man, on her quest for vengeance.

    This show deserves to be Netflix´s next big animated prestige success after “Arcane”. It´s fantastic. First of all, the series looks gorgeous. The animations are…

  • Gosford Park

    Gosford Park

    ★★★★

    I can see why this film is divisive. Robert Altman, the conman, did it again. He made the audience believe that they are watching a murder mystery, when it actually is a commentary and satire on social class. The whodunnit aspect is secondary. The murder you´re waiting for occurs after 80 minutes and even after that, the film focuses less on the investigation and more on people´s reactions to the murder. And the conclusion is less about the murder method…