• Raya and the Last Dragon

    Raya and the Last Dragon

    ★★★½

    I found it very easy to get swept up in the rich fantasy-mythos of Raya and the Last Dragon. It’s undeniably inspired by a myriad of things, but mixed together to form something of its own. However, it is also a rich world squeezed into a 90 minute feature in need of both adventure and fun, so the film basically skips over six years of presumably interesting events. It’s a rushed story, but also one filled with variation; tons of…

  • Virality

    Virality

    ★★★

    I’ll always try my darndest to be open-minded going into a movie, but there’s just something about films trying to depict our tech-filled world of internet-virality that automatically makes me skeptical. Turns out though, I should perhaps be a bit more open, because Viraali (Virality) isn’t nearly as bad as I feared. Sure, this Finish film waves around buzzwords like bitcoins and there’s plotlines featuring viral youtube-hits and incel-hackers throughout. Yet it never quite takes the upper hand, because underneath…

  • The Fly II

    The Fly II

    ★★★

    The Fly II is a pretty lousy film if compared to the monumental, incredible first movie, to nobody’s surprise. Taken without a mind full of comparisons however, this is a pretty decent gooey mutation between body horror and a slasher-film. Going back to David Cronenberg’s original for a bit, what The Fly does so incredibly well is portraying the gradual transformation into a human fly. Seeing Jeff Goldblum’s final form is certainly a spectacle, but it's his bodily decay up…

  • A Shot in the Dark

    A Shot in the Dark

    ★★★½

    The first Pink Panther-movie was a good showcase for Peter Seller’s to-be-iconic bumbling detective, but it was within a plot mixing inspector Clouseau with other big characters (David Niven as an example). What A Shot in the Dark does is try the difficult task to elevate a hilarious, quirky character to the clear, main protagonist and luckily, succeeding with the task. This film sees him with some more room to flex his comedy and gives us a slight more insight…

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★★

    There’s something very special about John Travolta’s charisma; he’s handsome yet also kind of… Goofy. Naturally, this makes him a great protagonist for Brian De Palma’s Blow Out. He effortlessly nails the curious fascination and is elegantly paired with a fantastic Nancy Allen. As Travolta spins into obsession, Allen remains a deeply sympathetic center of the film and a strong balance to Travoltas (admittedly motivated) commitment. Travolta’s gradual move from quirky loner to getting closer to Allen is some fantastic…

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    Man with a Movie Camera

    ★★★½

    Old silent movies have always felt like a little diorama into a lost world, a silent past filled with people who are long dead at this point, but rarely have I felt that as strongly as with Человек с киноаппаратом Man with a Movie Camera. There is something endlessly fascinating in just silently gazing upon the life of these people struggling onwards in the industrialized mass-cities. Seemingly at random, we’re thrown around different events which, in any other context would…

  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    ★★½

    After greatly enjoying Joe Taslim in The Night Comes For Us last week, I felt like I wanted more Taslim and realized I hadn’t seen this film yet. Rebooting the game-to-film franchise, Mortal Kombat is an action-filled romp, but I can’t help but feel that it’s a film stuck in an unfortunate middle-ground. See, for a film like this I feel that you either cut down the plot to its bare minimum to focus everything on the fights, or you…

  • Okja

    Okja

    ★★★½

    As easy as it is to call Okja a very predictable story we’ve seen time and time again, just as hard is it to avoid feeling the heartbreak inherent to this narrative. It just works and is helped by the fact that the titular Okja is such a fascinating creature, astoundingly realized both through the use of cgi as well as the interactions from the human characters. Most notably Ahn Seo-hyun’s Mija, a fantastic performer both on her own and…

  • The Informant!

    The Informant!

    ★★★½

    The Informant! isn’t flawless, but I think it’s interesting to contrast this against the incredibly straight forward based-on-a-true-story-film I saw yesterday. When Steven Soderbergh decides to portray a real event, there’s simply a certain liveliness to his approach. From Matt Damon’s unreliable narration and Soderbergh’s usual idiosyncratic cinematography, there’s just a very special kind of glow to this film.

    The actual story is a complicated web of turns, a thick story I find hard to penetrate but I also think…

  • The Front Runner

    The Front Runner

    ★★★

    There’s something strangely… Cozy about The Front Runner. In a way, it’s a wholly unremarkable biopic; the true story here may be a new one on screen but this is the exact kind of policitical-journalistic-investigation we’ve seen to death before. Yet I find it hard to avoid getting pulled into the time-period and aesthetics of the film, they just bring something warm and familiar to me. In a way, the predictable story here is just further adding to the pleasant…

  • The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit

    The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit

    ★★

    I think it says a lot about the career of Stuart Gordon that in a sea of decapitated oral sex, killer-dolls and mutated monsters from beyond our realm, this is arguably his most odd film. The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit may not contain any body-horror or transcendental spooks, it’s just simply so… Weird.

    The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit is based on a short little Ray Bradbudy-story and centers on a bunch of charismatic characters buying a suit and then… Hijinx…

  • Bringing Up Baby

    Bringing Up Baby

    ★★★½

    Bringing up Baby is definitely a title I’ve heard buzzed around before, but the fact that the titular Baby was a leopard is probably something I must’ve missed or forgot. It’s such a weird, but ingenious thing: at the core of this film we have a pretty familiar and simple screwball-romance

    …just featuring a leopard. It’s odd, but works because Baby is given just enough room in the story without feeling like a gimmick. The heart of the film is…