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  • Stalker
  • Pi
  • The Fire Within
  • The Magician

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  • Eastern Promises

    ★★★★½

  • Blue Eyelids

    ★★★

  • The Number 23

    ★★½

  • Bill & Ted Face the Music

    ★½

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  • The Mighty Angel

    The Mighty Angel

    ★★★★½

    a truly vibrant, pictorial, pulsating ride into alcoholism. it's nearly unbelievable how much material, characters, scenes, stories, images, ideas, dialogues, monologues Wojtek Smarzowski squeezes into this little filmic wonder - and most importantly: doesn't fail by doing so.

    a brave and couragious approach, the tone being as paradoxical and borderline as it should, perfectly fitting to the theme. watching this tour de force, there is no way Smarzowski is not heavily influenced by Darren Aronofskys work. making it as uncompromising and unforgiving as epic and wicked is a bold move, which deserves highest praise.

  • Hope

    Hope

    ★★★½

    a successful approach to show the misery and struggle of african refugees on their way to europe in a harsh, realistic way. fortunately avoids all the clichés this genre usually brings along, and even the love story created within the story makes a whole lot of sense here, to form the bond between characters and spectator.

    at times it's a bit too much road movie without geographical identification points (plot point #1 = community #1...), but that is just complaining about first world problems. somehow reminded me of yesterdays "the tribe" in its idea of getting a glimpse into a barbarized world beyond our western horizon.

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  • Eastern Promises

    Eastern Promises

    ★★★★½

    David Cronenberg is singing "Nastrovje!" and dares to have a quick look into the russian soul: welcome to violence. Eastern Promises is an unblemished straight told gangster yarn, with the sweet essence of neo noir and playful excursions into identity topics. no detour and swerves though, all rectilinearly executed by a true master of ceremony.

    Viggo Mortensen having the time of his (screen-)life here. a flawless lonesome cowboy right out of every males wet dreams. Naomi Watts is the pretty…

  • Blue Eyelids

    Blue Eyelids

    ★★★

    a pure anti love movie, a radical refusenik of romanticism. insecure unwanted humans looking for affection and finding it in their tristesse and loneliness, virtually forced upon.

    here the longing for love isn't flounced positively. the media portrayal is the focus of the attacks - key scene: the cinema visit of a romantic movie, that let the protagonists laugh out freely for the first time.

    this is more of constructional than emotional interest - rigorous, distanced, artificial - and by that a very diametral counterpart of the romantic comedy genre that Blue Eyelids is caricaturing.

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  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★

    I can see how people might dislike it for the constellation of the characters, painting both male protagonists as pretty sympathetic - good-hearted is their prime feature - but the female lead as flunky, erratic and egocentric. there's also a nice punch vs cancel culture in here. and a questionable one putting climate change awareness into a looney bin with esoterism (incl. throwing another female under the bus).

    people ideologically attacking this have to overcome the heavy amount of authenticity…

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★★★

    Robert Eggers proper remake of Conan the Barbarian by the means of Shakespeare and Freud. exactly as freakish and wonderful as I have imagined it. a brutalist, muddy, unforgiving tour de force, raging with ultra-angry violence and sinister menace.

    after Eggers let us bath in illustre viking, goth and occultism chic we slowly delve into the unstoppable spiral of anger and wrath - a very visceral depiction of fascism that is. hate bears fury bears barbarity - the burning of…