Rolf

teacher and film (list) buff,
loves Columbo, Japanese Cinema
70s Italian Euro Crime & Michael Mann
GGtMC & Row Three & Silva and Gold

Favorite films

  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  • Kamome Diner
  • Thief
  • Heat

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  • Permanent Nobara

    ★★★½

  • Petal Dance

    ★★★½

  • A Day Without Policemen

    ★★½

  • Tokyo!

    ★★½

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  • Permanent Nobara

    Permanent Nobara

    ★★★½

    A divorced mother (Miho Kanno) moves to her small hometown in rural Japan with her young daughter and tries to start a new life but it's hard for her to overcome her loneliness...
    A melancholic dramedy about women who were disappointed by men in different ways which makes PERMANENT NOBARA a very feminist movie. At times it feels a bit tasteless in its attempts of 'humor' (especially women being physically abused by men is not funny) and those old feisty…

  • Petal Dance

    Petal Dance

    ★★★½

    Three women travel to her friend who is recovering from a suicide attempt...
    Despite its meditative tone PETAL DANCE was much more accessible to me than TOKYO.SORA which was my first encounter with Hiroshi Ishikawa. It's a much more focused film which explores (again) themes of loneliness and depression with characters who are not able to express themselves.
    Ishikawa mostly relies on the presence of his characters who are together but interact rather non-verbally. This isn't as frustrating as it…

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  • Vengeance

    Vengeance

    ★★★★★

    After his son-in-law and grandchildren are murdered by triads Costello (Johnny Hallyday) promises his daughter who survived the hit badly injured to avenge the act. He seeks out hitmen to help him as he suffers from increasing memory loss which will complicate things for him...
    After having watched VENGEANCE a second time I now am happy to say that I finally - after six years - found a new entry for my top 10 movies of all time. VENGEANCE for…

  • Pusher III

    Pusher III

    ★★★★½

    Things become very stressful for mob boss Milo (Zlatko Buric) as he has to deal with disrespectful business partners, deals going wrong, trying to stay clean of drugs while trying to host his daughter's birthday party...
    PUSHER 3 marks Nicolas Winding Refn's masterpiece. Told in the stretch of only one day/night it strongly recalls Scorsese's AFTER HOURS as Buric's character gets deeper and deeper into trouble having to juggle way too many balls at the same time. As Mikkelsen in…