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Arizona Dream (1993) – Emir Kusturica

Arizona Dream (1993) – Emir Kusturica

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Vincent‘s natural performance gallantly steals an already stolen picture show navigated by a loud but warm director who makes the whole thing fly just right.

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Good Time (2017) – Benny Safdie, John Safdie

Good Time (2017) – Benny Safdie, John Safdie

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Tainted shades flutter through this NY-based fever dream, filled with real people in realistic situations, doing the best and the worst for each other.

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Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022) – Dan Kwan

Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022) – Dan Kwan

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With a completely incomprehensible and visual-demanding plot it’s easy to look stunning nowadays.
But nailing it with a well, bagel-circular story is rare.

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The Northman (2022) Robert Eggers

The Northman (2022) Robert Eggers

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Balancing historically accurate brutality and well-rounded storytelling, this feast pushes its narrative of avenging men and succumbing women right into viewer‘s eyes and guts.

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Blue Jay (2016) Alex Lehmann

Blue Jay (2016) Alex Lehmann

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A soft exploration of nostalgia which turns into intoxicating, soul seeking frustration.

The black and white approach lets you see and feel in synesthetic ways.

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Trees Lounge (1996) – Steve Buscemi

Trees Lounge (1996) – Steve Buscemi

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Likeable round around Buscemi´s past featuring family and settings no one would object to watch other than a certain female interest that feels uncomfortably young.

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Crimson Tide (1995) – Tony Scott

Crimson Tide (1995) – Tony Scott

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Locked in a claustrophobic tea kettle, witnessing the boiling point of seasoned people pushing their morals against each other.
Hackman & Washington in superb opposition.

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The Rum Diary (2011) – Bruce Robinson

The Rum Diary (2011) – Bruce Robinson

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Although preceded by a promising start, the problem springs up in the hollow-middle by scattering nothing around other than fun for the people involved.

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Don’t Look Up (2021) – Adam McKay

Don’t Look Up (2021) – Adam McKay

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Long-winded screw-eightball of a dark & daring political comedy for the news-aware long-attention spanner du jour expansively mirroring 1976´s “Network” efforts.

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Lou – Fight Club (1999)

Lou – Fight Club (1999)

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He’ll sock it to you like a bag of alkaline Christmas chimney bricks that used to be sweet but now burn through charm and bone.

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The Loved One (1965) – Tony Richardson

The Loved One (1965) – Tony Richardson

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Smack in the stiff middle of the 1960´s cerebral courtesy: a sunny-dark comedy of the black & whitest kind adorned and embalmed with Liberace.

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To Rome with Love (2012) – Woody Allen

To Rome with Love (2012) – Woody Allen

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Brass-balled Baldwin articulates the angry voice of reason coming from a late self-awareness that reflects the present with polished regret and self-derision.

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Salininui Chueok (2003) – Bong Joon Ho

Salininui Chueok (2003) – Bong Joon Ho

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Chest-kicking serial-crime kill-Thriller
of breathtaking simplicity and murky south-Korean self-deprecation finding grace in pratfalls and humor of the crassest kind.

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The Wasps Are Here (1978) Darmasena Pathiraja

The Wasps Are Here (1978) Darmasena Pathiraja

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Intriguing community-building affairs vaunted with a cozily speckled beach vibe.
But stripped naked by bland emotional acting and suggestively fading ties at the end.

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I Saw The Devil (2010) – Kim Jee-woon

I Saw The Devil (2010) – Kim Jee-woon

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A refreshing but maniacally twisted tale of becoming the predator of what lurks in the night‘s shadow.

Where does vengeance end, where does malevolence begin?

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THE HOUSE OF SPIRITS (1993) – BILLIE AUGUST

THE HOUSE OF SPIRITS (1993) – BILLIE AUGUST

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Creeping historical “hacienda”-ascension story full of good people playing uglier-than-fiction roles to cherry things on top of sourly majestic interior/exterior shots.

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The Chaser (2008) – Na Hong-jin

The Chaser (2008) – Na Hong-jin

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A suspenseful gatekeeper for Seoul‘s crime rabbit hole – with a dynamic that is second to none.

Unconventional and arrogant necessities clear the path to deliverance.

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Memories of Murder (2003) – Bong Joon Ho

Memories of Murder (2003) – Bong Joon Ho

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Macabre true crime mixed with hilarious character representation?
This richly detailed and beautifully crafted closer look of 20th‘s century’s korean detective work pulls it off.

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THE HOLY MOUNTAIN (1973) – ALEJANDRO JORODOWSKY

THE HOLY MOUNTAIN (1973) – ALEJANDRO JORODOWSKY

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Complex messianic circle jerk that transgressively fortune-wheels its dark-hippy nonsensical beauty around bringing its victims to a profound world of shit and cum.

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Almost Famous (2000) – Cameron Crowe

Almost Famous (2000) – Cameron Crowe

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Grounded with emotional veracity in the most vocal point of feud with the Death of everything that was holy and pure to rock and roll.

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Go (1999) – Doug Liman

Go (1999) – Doug Liman

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Influenced by ‚Pulp Fiction‘ and early Kevin Smith  genius, this film belongs to the 90s feelgood-underground pantheon.

A fast burn with warm narcotic release.

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U Turn (1997) – Oliver Stone

U Turn (1997) – Oliver Stone

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A big booty in the desert magnetically pulls sore strangers and their dry behavioural rage together to visit the normally closed off parts of hell.

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This Must Be the Place (2011) – Paolo Sorrentino

This Must Be the Place (2011) – Paolo Sorrentino

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Despite sugar visuals and good Penn-manship this film strays all over the place with those unafraid to fly over an ocean of scrambled plots.

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Se7en (1995) – David Fincher

Se7en (1995) – David Fincher

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Tall, biblical thriller that out-of-the-box polishes and replenishes audiovisual standards up to a stern point of absurdity where nothing ends before pain.

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Taxi Driver (1976) – Martin Scorsese

Taxi Driver (1976) – Martin Scorsese

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“Morbid self-attention” won’t get you to revenge the world against what’s wrongly dark and seldom slightly right. “Don‘t you want to make it, mister?”

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Oldboy (2003) – Chan-wook Park

Oldboy (2003) – Chan-wook Park

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Complex hard-watch that feels like a nightmare Sake bar-brawl-beating loop with a heart-kicking pace that punches holes into every moral direction.

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The Bourne Identity (2002) – Doug Liman

The Bourne Identity (2002) – Doug Liman

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A headhunt through early 2000‘s Europe, which shines in a blue-grey velocity and shows how good a minimalistic & realistic action movie can be.

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Basic Instincts (1992) – Paul Verhoeven

Basic Instincts (1992) – Paul Verhoeven

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Classiest porn noir of the century with a truly horny Douglas who keeps the viewer interested after manually climaxing for the first couple of times.

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Million Dollar Hotel (2000) – Wim Wenders

Million Dollar Hotel (2000) – Wim Wenders

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A roman candle of crazy characters (most of which are no doubt stolen from nearby realities) in an overwrought romanticised dark comedy by bonehead Bono.

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Robert Paulsen – The Fight Club (1999)

Robert Paulsen – The Fight Club (1999)

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His name is Robert Paulsen and his tits are not as large as his wounded heart which bleeds loud & clear like testicular cancer does.

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Uncut Gems (2019) – Benny & Josh Safdie

Uncut Gems (2019) – Benny & Josh Safdie

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Punch-Drunk Love (2002) meets the Lincoln Lawyer (2011) with a pure Sandler as main stressing agent in a beautifully acted display of ugly characters.

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Rushmore (1998) – Wes Anderson

Rushmore (1998) – Wes Anderson

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Strongly-subtle dark comedy that can for days on end make one consistently laugh out loud at punch-line silences that stitch to the mind.

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There Will Be Blood (2007) – Paul Thomas Anderson

There Will Be Blood (2007) – Paul Thomas Anderson

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Family values suffer
In this Passion Play
Powered by music,
Coal, OIL, & palms
Greased by multiple
Pieces of silver.
Lewis triumphs in
Self-crucifixion.

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Basquiat (1996) – Julian Schnabel

Basquiat (1996) – Julian Schnabel

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Talent-heavy (cast-wise) downer about a man who erases his own by hiding behind an embalming hype that far outlasts its allotted 15 minutes.

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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Stanley Kubrick

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Stanley Kubrick

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Benchmark trip from a fantastic audio-visual realm that does not really clarify the slowly rotating Rubik´s Cube storyline that’s space-cold and trauma-like.

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The Virgin Suicides (1999) – Sofia Coppola

The Virgin Suicides (1999) – Sofia Coppola

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A clandestine teenage brothel run by hard loving parents who keep basking in God´s rain right where the moral crater seems to bleed the most.

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About Schmidt (2002) – Alexander Payne

About Schmidt (2002) – Alexander Payne

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First:
Watch NO SOUND
(just subtitles).

Next:
Watch w/ voices
(& excellent musical “commentary”).

This delivers Nicholson’s
“Lear/Quixote”
As SUPREME
(Max Sennett)

TRAGI-COMEDY.

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Mank (2020) – David Fincher

Mank (2020) – David Fincher

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Single most black & white modern period-film exquisitely monkey-grinding the royal Randolph hemp out of us with Reznor-sharp reel-changing monochromatic flair.

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The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) – Stephen Hopkins

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) – Stephen Hopkins

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Geoffrey Rushes his
Portayal of Proteus
Both amusing
And annihilating all
Significant others
(especially mothers),
But never
Pleased!
(Based-on book)

Don’t skip
Audio Commentaries!

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – Francis Ford Coppola

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – Francis Ford Coppola

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Not even partially dubious casting could jinx this blood-ruby of classy kitsch—carved out of morbid fascination and respect for the franchise´s original outputs.

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The Graduate (1968) – Mike Nichols

The Graduate (1968) – Mike Nichols

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With youth one can hide from adulthood either by extending it or revisiting…but to escape it entirely, however: one has to try much harder.

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Bronson (2008) – Nicolas Winding Refn

Bronson (2008) – Nicolas Winding Refn

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Precious stone of modern independent cinema and character study “par excellence.” Hysterical, ballistic and mordantly fulminant. A truly stimulating example for period-films to come.

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Lords of Dogtown (2005) – Catherine Hardwicke

Lords of Dogtown (2005) – Catherine Hardwicke

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The original sparks that supernova-ed a whole industry that ludicrously although successfully reinvented both the wheel and how to become a music-free rockstar.

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Hospital Hallway Scene – The Exorcist III (1990)

Hospital Hallway Scene – The Exorcist III (1990)

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Fast zoom accompanied by a silence-piercing musical sting hits like a battering ram and leaves your heart throbbing in horrific awe.

Jump-scare masterclass.

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One Hour Photo (2002) – Mark Romanek

One Hour Photo (2002) – Mark Romanek

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Uneventful eye-thriller meant to box-office fail despite helpful bad intentions. A film about film itself that looks immaculate but does not communicate well.

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Mid90s (2018) – Jonah Hill

Mid90s (2018) – Jonah Hill

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Profound motion picture of short stature that proves itself large by showing with stunning, sympathetic sharpness how a pre-adolescent masochist jumps into intentional idiocy.

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Hereditary (2018) – Ari Aster

Hereditary (2018) – Ari Aster

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Childhood-scary, sating and harrowingly haunting. It bends the mind in all directions while stiffing the body with soul-breaking terror that is just awesome.

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Dazed and Confused (1993) – Richard Linklater

Dazed and Confused (1993) – Richard Linklater

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Time-honored period-film that simply and independently pulls off a believable vintage-vibe by bringing out big nuances out of very small-town things.

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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) – Jason Woliner

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) – Jason Woliner

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Might be the worst sequel “ever to happen to a man or jew”, but its raunchy, manipulative heart still points generously in the right direction.

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Beasts of No Nation (2015) – Cary Joji Fukunaga

Beasts of No Nation (2015) – Cary Joji Fukunaga

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The automatic acid rain that comes with being a voiceless victim with no other choice but gravitational travesty. A perspective-enforcing film of monumental caliber.

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Memento (2000) – Chris Nolan

Memento (2000) – Chris Nolan

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Circular uphill post-amnesiac ride that prints itself out both in color and black & white while each new layer diagonally help us to remember.

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The Piano (1993) – Jane Campion

The Piano (1993) – Jane Campion

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Kurt Cobain´s last watched film: kiwi period piece that is really about prostitution rather than repressed passions juicing through the colourful cracks of dark colonialism.

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Midsommar (2019) – Ari Aster

Midsommar (2019) – Ari Aster

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Cliches are nothing but dosed up bait in an artistic horror film of compensatory length that lightens up instead of darken while blooming us away.

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Harold and Maude (1971) –  Hal Ashby

Harold and Maude (1971) – Hal Ashby

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This film makes me believe in love. Connection that knows no age, class, or reason. Through each other’s love, both characters become their best selves.

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Driving Miss Daisy (1989) – Bruce Beresford

Driving Miss Daisy (1989) – Bruce Beresford

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Widowed & wizened,
Jim-Crow-South,
Jewish-Princess “Outsider”
Enjoys commanding
Subordinate Blacks,

But learns to FEEL
Kinship w/ black chauffeur
While her son
Assimilates.

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The White Crow (2018) – Ralph Fiennes

The White Crow (2018) – Ralph Fiennes

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Judy sang “Born in a trunk”.
Rudy danced “Born on a train”.
Trunk or train, it’s an old refrain:
“Survival of the cutest on stage”.

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The White Crow (2018) – Ralph Fiennes

The White Crow (2018) – Ralph Fiennes

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“Equality & Fraternity” ?
NO.
“Liberty (w/ follow-spot)”
YES.

“I was born to excell.
(Let the rest go to Hell.)

Signed,

Nureyev,
“King of Ballet”

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The White Crow (2018) – Ralph Fiennes

The White Crow (2018) – Ralph Fiennes

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“For me, no more
‘Espree d’ cor’ ”
Says Rudy to
Soviet nursery.

“In Paris France
I’ll take my chance
For fancier pants
And fat-pursery.”

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The White Crow (2018) – Ralph Fiennes

The White Crow (2018) – Ralph Fiennes

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The Soviets expect gratitude from
a “lump of coal” they polished into
a diadem for their chandelier of
mock-French Ballet.

But Pinocchio renounces Gepetto.

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The Elevator @Awahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park, CA

The Elevator @Awahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park, CA

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Agressiv roter Blickfang nachdem man den ikonischen Eingangsbereich passiert hat.
Verstand spinnt automatisch ein sich links eröffnendes Blutszenario zusammen, welches ein Nähertreten unterbewusst erschwerlicher macht.

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The Irishman (2019) – Martin Scorsese

The Irishman (2019) – Martin Scorsese

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Crème de la crème of a celebrated lifetime of Midnight Espressos that cinematically pushes every right Benjamin-Button with medically accurate gore and passive wrath.

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Gladiator (2000) – Ridley Scott

Gladiator (2000) – Ridley Scott

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Twist-less crowd winner that Hellraises Oliver’s lion-faced redemption out of bloodied vistas like a fat Phoenix that Reeds of condescending soundtracks and cutting.

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Boy Erased (2018) – Joel Edgerton

Boy Erased (2018) – Joel Edgerton

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The camera focusez mostly on the “Boy” who’z “script” describez hiz harrowing encounter w/ evangelical “Converzhion Therapy for Gayz”.

The camera “Erasez” hiz erroneous
parents.

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Fight Club (1999) – David Fincher

Fight Club (1999) – David Fincher

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Childless & sleepless, guy asks mirror, “What’s it all about, Alpha? Is it just for Ikea I live?” Mirror answers: “Oil & water mix explosively.”

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Moonlight (2016) – Barry Jenkins

Moonlight (2016) – Barry Jenkins

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Born-queer little midnite-black-boy survivez Macho Cult-shure w/ brief fostering support & ritual “baptism”
Into a long
quest for
one
Tru
Luv.

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El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) – Vince Gilligan

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) – Vince Gilligan

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A pastrie-bone of an off-spinning movie for those nostalgic fans who for years waited long between seasons. A cultural phenomenon that gives back.

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Thursday (1998) – Skip Woods

Thursday (1998) – Skip Woods

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Brightly lit indie truffle full of good dialog with intimately framed characters who are strong in blood and flavor including the most fatal femme fatale.

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Leaving Las Vegas (1995) – Mike Figgis

Leaving Las Vegas (1995) – Mike Figgis

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Shue deeps her toes into cinematic greatness in an emotionally productive codependent-relationship with a very fine Nicolas Cage who gently escorts her around hell.

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Creepshow 2 (1987) – Michael Gornick

Creepshow 2 (1987) – Michael Gornick

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Good times horror flick for the underworld-savvy Rock ’n’ Roll pre-teen that has a gluttonous taste for graphically warned sex and the macabre.

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Gangster No. 1 (2000) – Paul McGuigan

Gangster No. 1 (2000) – Paul McGuigan

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Get yourself kitted out proper with an invisible rope around your bird´s neck until you´re cuffed. Don’t hate the player but love the bloody game.

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Spun (2002) – Jonas Åkerlund

Spun (2002) – Jonas Åkerlund

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A deliberately over-edited character-carousel colorfully whirling around all kinds of wild trailer-trash debauchery with the ruminating impatience of a coked-up policeman.

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The Wrecking Crew (1968) – Phil Karlson

The Wrecking Crew (1968) – Phil Karlson

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Mehr eine sexy Spionage-Komödie mit überbesetzter „Crew“, welche zu stark Werbung für den Dean Martin Soundtrack macht. Gewann mehr Lorbeeren durch Tates kultbehaftetes Ableben.

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Pet Sematary (1989) – Cage Creed

Pet Sematary (1989) – Cage Creed

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A bright flame of a thespian toddler that thanks to the divine intervention of editing can do no wrong when melting the Arriflex lenses away.

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Cape Fear (1991) – Martin Scorsese

Cape Fear (1991) – Martin Scorsese

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Never underestimate the pain resolutions of those who’ve have been wronged by you. A cautionary moral mortality story in which everybody loses and were entertained.

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Pet Sematary (1989) – Victor Pascow

Pet Sematary (1989) – Victor Pascow

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A very gruesome but friendly ghost the way Casper was meant to be but failed miserably due to its punch-me-in-the-face tenderness.

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Pet Sematary (1989) – Louis Creed

Pet Sematary (1989) – Louis Creed

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The pater familias and owner of the Norman Rockwell house by the side of the road-rope noosing around his trophy house-wife and kids.

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) – Terry Gilliam (Coincidental iTunes 25-WR by Gixxer k4)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) – Terry Gilliam (Coincidental iTunes 25-WR by Gixxer k4)

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“Geiler Film hab mich tot gelacht als ich den zum ersten Mal gesehen habe. Ich will dir doch nur ein Z in die Stirn ritzen.”

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Get the Gringo (2012) – Adrian Grünberg (Coincidental IMDB 25-WR)

Get the Gringo (2012) – Adrian Grünberg (Coincidental IMDB 25-WR)

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“A career criminal nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a young boy.”

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Buffalo ’66 (1998) – Vincent Gallo

Buffalo ’66 (1998) – Vincent Gallo

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All romantic comedies should be independent passion projects by law, the breaking of which should be punished by force feeding the perpetrator with commercial crap.

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Gia (1998) – Michael Cristofer

Gia (1998) – Michael Cristofer

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Being hot and wanted worked the opposite way inside the self-repelling time bomb that Gia Carangi really was. A flawlessly executed plead for caution.

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The Others (2001) – Alejandro Amenábar

The Others (2001) – Alejandro Amenábar

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Intense beauty and fear holding hands in the permanent protection of a broken family that is full of love for one another in macabre ignorance.

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All That Jazz (1979) – Bob Fosse

All That Jazz (1979) – Bob Fosse

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Solipsistic Jizz-jerk that feels sorry for itself with a smile we all share in the gluttonous glitter surrounding our every longing delusion of danger.

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The Wizard of Oz (1939) – Victor Fleming

The Wizard of Oz (1939) – Victor Fleming

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The Johann Sebastian Bach of relevant children films from an era in which intense fear and wonder was grafted onto them for their own good.

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Leaving Las Vegas (1995) -Mike Figgis

Leaving Las Vegas (1995) -Mike Figgis

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Suicide is not painless, and drinking yourself to death has got to be one of the worst ways to check out of this world affair.

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To Die For (1995) – Gus Van Sant

To Die For (1995) – Gus Van Sant

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I’d die for her in a heartbeat, wouldn’t anybody? No. Nothing like a motion picture to illustrate the obsessive use of externally abusive internal agendas.

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The Good Son (1993) – Joseph Ruben

The Good Son (1993) – Joseph Ruben

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All gimmicks are truisms, and all truisms are true. A truly messed up kid portrayed as perfectly as a veteran Shakespearean hand playing a glove.

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) – Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone (Coincidental Rotten Tomatoes 25-WR)

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) – Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone (Coincidental Rotten Tomatoes 25-WR)

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Never Stop Never Stopping updates the rock mockumentary for the 21st century mainstream — and hits many of its low-hanging targets with side-splitting impact.

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Falling Down (1993) – Prendergast

Falling Down (1993) – Prendergast

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An observant man who does not believe in the shutdown-retirement of duty and is blasphemed by the terrifying prospect of losing his existential stress.

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The People Under the Stairs (1991) – Wes Craven

The People Under the Stairs (1991) – Wes Craven

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Twin Peaks (1990-1991) meets the Shining (1980) during the well-manored, palm-treed night vision period of the Golf War. Sometimes in is out.

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Falling Down (1993) – Seedy Guy in Park

Falling Down (1993) – Seedy Guy in Park

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The epitome of the parasitical social sociopath and the dark behavioral counterpart of Seinfeld‘s (1989-1998) Kramer if let loose in the park long enough.

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Falling Down (1993) – D-Fens

Falling Down (1993) – D-Fens

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A man walking in the hottest of days with a rainless cloud above his head one drop away from spilling blood all over the place.

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) – Michel Goudry

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) – Michel Goudry

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Visionäres Liebesdrama welches sich verstärkt durch eigene Erfahrungen subjektiv dramatisiert und zuletzt dein geläutertes Ich fragend in isolierender Kälte zurücklässt; Nochmal zurück oder vergessend weiter?

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Parasite (2019) – Bong Joon Ho

Parasite (2019) – Bong Joon Ho

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Langeweile schafft Kreativität
schafft unkonventionelle Abkürzungen.
Unterschichtler haben im Überlebenskampf nach oben wenig zu verlieren, nur sich selber.
Ein mehrfach gefalteter Perspektivwechsel
wie beim Pizzakarton.

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Get the Gringo (2012) – Adrian Grünberg

Get the Gringo (2012) – Adrian Grünberg

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Efficiently entertaining action comedy build around Mel Gibson’s bullseye charm with which both his personal and crew effectiveness are borderline groundbreaking at a snappy pace.

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Pet Sematary (1989) – Mary Lambert

Pet Sematary (1989) – Mary Lambert

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Creepy-ass piece of horror in the time-honored “Sacred Burial Ground” tradition—notable members not exceeding the number of fingers in a monkey’s paw.

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It Follows (2014) – David Robert Mitchell

It Follows (2014) – David Robert Mitchell

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A perfectly lighted, both gently scripted and edited Neo-Classical 80´s AIDS epidemic horror-metaphor that takes place in ghostly Detroit made by John Hughes.

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The Cable Guy (1996) – Ben Stiller (Coincidental IMDB 25-WR)

The Cable Guy (1996) – Ben Stiller (Coincidental IMDB 25-WR)

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“A lonely and mentally disturbed cable guy raised on television just wants a new friend, but his target, a designer, rejects him, with bad consequences.”

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Lost Highway (1997) – David Lynch (Coincidental 25-WR by David Sterritt from the Christian Science Monitor)

Lost Highway (1997) – David Lynch (Coincidental 25-WR by David Sterritt from the Christian Science Monitor)

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“The film actually deserves four stars for its imaginative style and astonishing suspense, zero stars for its shameless exploitation of violent shocks and loveless sensuality.”

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – Francis Ford Coppola (Coincidental IMDB 25-WR)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – Francis Ford Coppola (Coincidental IMDB 25-WR)

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“The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker’s fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.”

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Trainspotting (1996) – Danny Boyle (Coincidental IMDB 25-WR)

Trainspotting (1996) – Danny Boyle (Coincidental IMDB 25-WR)

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“Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.”

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Idi i smotri/Come and See (1985) -Elem Klimov (Coincidental IMDB 25-WR)

Idi i smotri/Come and See (1985) -Elem Klimov (Coincidental IMDB 25-WR)

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“After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II.”

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The Blair Witch Project (1999) – Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez (Coincidental IMDB 25-WR)

The Blair Witch Project (1999) – Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez (Coincidental IMDB 25-WR)

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“Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.”

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Pet Sematary (1989) – Ellie Creed

Pet Sematary (1989) – Ellie Creed

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There’s something really naturally annoying about this child-actress’s performance that made her perfect for the part as one sides automatically with her brother instead.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – John Watts

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – John Watts

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Tom Holland porträtiert Spiderman/ Peter Parker wie er im (Comic-)Buche schwingt.
Weniger Blockbuster, mehr gut umgesetzte Comic-Verfilmung als Puzzleteil im hiesigen MCU-Kosmos.

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Pet Sematary (1989) – Churchill

Pet Sematary (1989) – Churchill

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There are some really interesting developments in this blue Russian cat’s character, the kind of revealing behavioral changes that are normally reserved to humans exclusively.

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Dead Man (1995) – Jim Jarmusch

Dead Man (1995) – Jim Jarmusch

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A magic potion picture film that blatantly discriminates color and is heavy and greasy to the touch with high-contrasting characters gunned out of lead.

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What About Bob? (1991) – Frank Oz

What About Bob? (1991) – Frank Oz

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Hey, don´t hassle Bob, he´s alright and local. Hassle yourself into a new reality instead, because the one you know does does not apply anymore.

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Da hong deng long gao gao gua/Raise the Red Lantern (1991) –  Yimou Zhang (Coincidental IMDB 25-WR)

Da hong deng long gao gao gua/Raise the Red Lantern (1991) – Yimou Zhang (Coincidental IMDB 25-WR)

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“A young woman becomes the fourth wife of a wealthy lord, and must learn to live with the strict rules and tensions within the household.”

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The Thin Red Line (1998) – Terrence Malick

The Thin Red Line (1998) – Terrence Malick

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With crew, cut, script, cast and sound of high enough caliber can this force of nature celluloid projectile blow up any line to kingdom come.

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Tideland (2005) – Terry Gilliam (Coindidental IMDB 25-WR)

Tideland (2005) – Terry Gilliam (Coindidental IMDB 25-WR)

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“Because of the actions of her irresponsible parents, a young girl is left alone on a decrepit country estate and survives inside her fantastic imagination.”

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Pet Sematary (1989) – Rachel Creed

Pet Sematary (1989) – Rachel Creed

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A short-haired, fair-skinned maternal beauty carrying a black hole of trauma as heavy as cement-dipped sumo wrestlers fighting in a sinking ship.

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Rio Bravo (1959) – Howard Hawks

Rio Bravo (1959) – Howard Hawks

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A Western with an afterparty feel to it that lacks nothing but is in no hurry to get anywhere fast and that works perfectly somehow.

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Mandy (2018) – Part I: The Shadow Mountains 1983 A. D

Mandy (2018) – Part I: The Shadow Mountains 1983 A. D

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Real love in the hearts of good people who find themselves in the heart of 44 misty mountains being knock-knocked by a heartless world.

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Casino (1995) – Martin Scorsese

Casino (1995) – Martin Scorsese

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Glorious continuation to the perfect film that Goodfellas (1987) already is, magnifying the produce from every technical artistic prowess displayed before into another real story.

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Goodfellas (1990) – Martin Scorsese

Goodfellas (1990) – Martin Scorsese

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Ask Johnny Two-Times how funny does he think this based-on-true-events mob movie is, and exactly how is it amusing and entertaining.

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Nil by Mouth (1997) – Gary Oldman

Nil by Mouth (1997) – Gary Oldman

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Brutalist approach to visually materializing an agonizing reality based on derision and Death-toned humanity. Never underestimate the darkness within a man behind his camera.

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The War Zone (1999) – Tim Roth

The War Zone (1999) – Tim Roth

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Tremendous downer that is no way shape or form meant to be pleasant—by one of the most charming and universally acclaimed actors out there.

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Love Liza (2002) – Todd Louiso

Love Liza (2002) – Todd Louiso

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Sometimes one needs to destruct the body to save the mind in sweet but most socially unacceptable escapism. The colorful roads away from matte black.

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Stranger Things (2016 – ) – The Duffer Brothers

Stranger Things (2016 – ) – The Duffer Brothers

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Cineastisch bildliche Darstellung von zuckersüßen Synthie-Pop und düsteren Heavy Metal der 80er.
Herausragender Cast aus Kids und Milfs performt Mix aus „Goonies“ und „It“.

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Mulholland Dr. (2001) – David Lynch

Mulholland Dr. (2001) – David Lynch

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The announcer vents the verdict: “ladies and gentlemen, madame et monsieur, I am proud to announce we have a unanimous all-time dream-sequence winner.”

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Wake in Fright (1971) – Ted Kotcheff

Wake in Fright (1971) – Ted Kotcheff

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Very impressive, anti-heroic Australian blue-flame of a unique film that is as intense, raw and real as Kangaroo carcasses frying in the bush.

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Shadow of the Vampire (2000) – E. Elias Merhige

Shadow of the Vampire (2000) – E. Elias Merhige

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If William Dafoe needed an acting diploma this should be his master thesis to share with Keaton´s Beetlejuice (1988) and Gibson´s The Singing Detective (2003.)

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – Taika Waititi

Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – Taika Waititi

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Nach Ändern der ‚Thor‘-Formel im richtigen Space-Opera Licht.
Humor, ‚Hulk‘, hervorragender Goldblum, Waititi‘s ‚Korg‘ und der Soundtrack lassen Hauptbedrohung sowie Vorgängerfehler fast vergessen.

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Deadpool (2016) – Tim Miller

Deadpool (2016) – Tim Miller

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Alternative Origin- und Lovestory mit herzhaft genialer Comedy und ‚Pegi-18-trifft-Comic’-Brutalität skizzieren den popularisierenden Antihelden, der durch Reynolds verkörperndem Showspiel vollendet wird.

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Thor: The Dark World (2013) – Alan Taylor

Thor: The Dark World (2013) – Alan Taylor

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Noch schwächere Fortsetzung und nachgekauter Mix aus Sci-Fi- und Mittelalter-Themen.
Aufgrund unnötiger Liebeshandlung, einem unrelevant austauschbaren Bösewichten und vergessenswürdigen Ereignissen MCU‘s uninteressantestes Kapitel.

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Falling Down (1993) – Joel Schumacher

Falling Down (1993) – Joel Schumacher

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Jeder kennt diese Tage wo eine Kette von schlechten Ereignissen das Fass zum Überlaufen bringen.
Doch wer ist der Gute/Böse?
Midlife-Crisis auf Speed.

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Gummo (1997) – Harmony Korine

Gummo (1997) – Harmony Korine

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Midwestern white trash at its ingrown-peak shown under neutral autopsy lights instead of the usual ridicule a John Waters satire would no doubt use.

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The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) – Wes Craven

The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) – Wes Craven

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This film stays terrifying as it ages backwards into a welcomed relevancy that never lies. A master class of suspense, atmosphere and practical visual effects

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Falling Down (1993) – Surplus Store Owner

Falling Down (1993) – Surplus Store Owner

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A compressed symptom-centipede happy to impose who cuts and salts every social nerve-ending that tries to bounce him off while panting for closure.

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Falling Down (1993) – Frank the Golfer

Falling Down (1993) – Frank the Golfer

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A universe-centering old man who confidently swings the worldly rules of gravity and decorum out of balance in order to get his balls around.

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O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) – The Coen Brothers

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) – The Coen Brothers

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Highly original take on Homer’s odyssey in the rural 1930’s space, where bank robberies and racism are still a thing that could get you killed.

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Barton Fink (1991) – The Coen Brothers

Barton Fink (1991) – The Coen Brothers

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When the salesman is Death and not the other way around the block of sanity that keeps peeling off in blind corridors of walled desires.

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Miller’s Crossing (1990) – The Coen Brothers

Miller’s Crossing (1990) – The Coen Brothers

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Drinking is no lubricant but a lifestyle. A hat is not an object but a character that wears you on while you try staying lubricated.

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Raising Arizona (1987) – The Coen Brothers

Raising Arizona (1987) – The Coen Brothers

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An early proof of astounding pop-culture re-wiring prowess by bringing the screwball comedy (out of all dungeon-dead formulas) back to the mainstream

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T2 Trainspotting (2017) – Danny Boyle

T2 Trainspotting (2017) – Danny Boyle

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A circle jerk full of ballsy bells and whistles that addresses, entertains and extends everyone‘s self-destructive sense of nostalgia beyond whole mountains of warning.

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In Country (1989) – Norman Jewison

In Country (1989) – Norman Jewison

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You can´t come back from a raw deal that was mainlined to you and got you grief-infected for life and just forget about it.

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Rolling Thunder (1977) – John Flynn

Rolling Thunder (1977) – John Flynn

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Founding father of the Vietnam-Vet-Vendetta genre that´s still vein-popping while advocating separation of mind and body when it comes to romancing pain.

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Office Space (1999) – Mike Judge

Office Space (1999) – Mike Judge

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The breaking point in a man’s heart & mind contains nothing but shards of echoing contempt in his biosphere whereas others are martialled by cubicles.

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Interview the Vampire: the Vampire Chronicles (1994) – Neil Jordan

Interview the Vampire: the Vampire Chronicles (1994) – Neil Jordan

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One of the top ten (one can only wish there’d be so many) GOOD Hollywood vampire flicks that doesn’t feel like a lame juvenile setup.

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Kingpin (1996) – The Farrelly Brothers

Kingpin (1996) – The Farrelly Brothers

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The pain of being a has-been and staying hooked in the past with one hand while trying to make yourself vomit with the other.

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Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – Roman Polanski

Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – Roman Polanski

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A riveting montage about a young woman´s accelerating feelings of simultaneous loss of mind and innocence while inside the claustrophobic loneliness of a large metropolis.

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The Doors (1991) – Oliver Stone

The Doors (1991) – Oliver Stone

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Stunning tunnel-vision composite that is dead-determined to focus on tip-of-the-iceberg aspects of a rich and extraordinary story. Kilmer shines possessed.

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Bad Lieutenant (1992) – Abel Ferrara

Bad Lieutenant (1992) – Abel Ferrara

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The in-built morals that won´t stay numb after realizing there´s no caring-God but yourself and the strange, deflating pain that comes with it.

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„Bandersnatch“ (2018) Black Mirror – David Slade

„Bandersnatch“ (2018) Black Mirror – David Slade

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Black Mirror x Telltale.
Tägliche Entscheidungen treffen Menschen allein.
-> Frühstück, Job, Lebensstil [einfügen]
-Wirklich?-
-… „Wer?“
<-Klick-
“Netflix?“
… *ctrl + z*
„Fruity Loops.“

Pionierarbeit.

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Children Of Men (2006) –  Alfonso Cuarón

Children Of Men (2006) – Alfonso Cuarón

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Fiktive Epidemie einer alternativen Realität.
– Hautnahe One-Take-Szenen
– Intensiv eindringender Soundtrack
– Meisterhafte Regieleistung
Man riecht förmlich das Elend einer geplagten Menschheit, spürt Schuss-, Explosionsvibrationen.

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Doctor Strange (2016) – Scott Derrickson

Doctor Strange (2016) – Scott Derrickson

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‚Inception‘ trifft ‚Harry Potter‘ trifft ‚Sherlock‘ –
Cumberbatch ist geboren für sarkastische, hochintelligente Rollen.
Marvels Einführung in die Welt der Magie ist ein optisch imposanter Sahnebonbon.

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Pet Sematary (1989) – Interior Set Design

Pet Sematary (1989) – Interior Set Design

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Richly detailed, sinisterly static interior designs that are choke-full of tell-telling family items that are arteried together by old New England American gothic.

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Pet Sematary (1989) – Jud Crandall

Pet Sematary (1989) – Jud Crandall

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An agingly sweet giant fool of a man that means well but helps nothing but to accelarate what´s coming. How about minding your own business?

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National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985) – Amy Heckerling

National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985) – Amy Heckerling

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The Griswold kids got much uglier but the parents expand on themselves. Chase tilts his character‘s sanity into a benchmark-trend that runs solid today.

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Hamburger Hill (1987) – John Irvin

Hamburger Hill (1987) – John Irvin

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By far the goriest, most visually grounding of the Revival-wave of vet-approved Vietnam war films that muddied the Clearwater of the late Eighties.

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I Origins (2014) – Mike Cahill

I Origins (2014) – Mike Cahill

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Not even 11 Dalai Lamas could foresee legit twists in this half-lensed effort that’d otherwise be in the pits if it wasn’t for Michael.

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The English Patient (1996) – Anthony Minghella

The English Patient (1996) – Anthony Minghella

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A closer full-color look into the lives, intrigues and conflicts of human mammals in the arid 40’s desert environment by the International Geographic channel.

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Network (1976) – Sidney Lumet

Network (1976) – Sidney Lumet

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Not to be taken lightly despite the dark humor that works every time. Outstanding satire on the organized religion that news and entertainment really are.

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Gone Girl (2014) – David Fincher

Gone Girl (2014) – David Fincher

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Konventioneller Auftakt mit unwohlbringender Spannung.
Halbfinale symbolisiert vollzogene 180 Grad welche bei 360 alternative Extrarunde drehen könnte wenn Abspann nicht wäre.
“Don’t piss her off.”

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The Departed (2006) – Martin Scorsese

The Departed (2006) – Martin Scorsese

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A dream-team cast presided over by Jack Nicholson in a Martin Scorsese film featuring Rollings Stones music…what could go wrong? That´s right: nothing.

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Gone Girl (2014) – David Fincher

Gone Girl (2014) – David Fincher

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Insurmountably pristine cinematography that feels factory-sealed to the visual-touch. Fincher is a master of keeping us interested in people that make us flinch.

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Today´s 25-WR Birthday Toast: Paul Newman – January 26 (1925-2008)

Today´s 25-WR Birthday Toast: Paul Newman – January 26 (1925-2008)

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Newman´s own particular type of charm can only happen once a dimension. Piston paralleled lines of motored characters fed him well with the old adrenaline.

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Pet Sematary (1989) – Cinematography

Pet Sematary (1989) – Cinematography

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Nice & juicy saturated sky blues, grass greens, and shinny apple reds—as well as well-lit darknesses with no spared precious details to miss.

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Thor (2011) – Kenneth Branagh

Thor (2011) – Kenneth Branagh

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Marvels wackeliger Start der ‚Thor‘-Saga und Einführung des zukünftigen Antagonisten der Avengers ‚Loki’ im sich aufbauenden Marvel-Universum.
Zu stark auf Nummer Sicher gegangen.

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Motorama (1991) – Barry Shils

Motorama (1991) – Barry Shils

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The “Myth of Sisyphus” for the self-made kid stuck in a cartoonish world unsupervised by dim-burnouts soiling the oily ground that spawned them.

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Avengers (2012) – Joss Whedon

Avengers (2012) – Joss Whedon

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Erstes großes MCU-Event ist die Zusammenkunft der Avengers um ‚Loki‘, authentischster Bösewicht bisher, aufzuhalten.
Erste große NY-Schlacht bietet feinsten bunten Fanservice.
„Hulk Smash!“

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Joss Whedon

Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Joss Whedon

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Etwas schwächeres „Diesmal mehr!“-Sequel mit mehr Kampfszenen, skurrilen Charaktersidestories und einem intelligenteren Feind.
Persönliches Highlight wenn Favorit Hawkeye vom unbedeutenden zum coolen Avenger wird.

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Platoon (1986) – Oliver Stone

Platoon (1986) – Oliver Stone

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Oliver Stone’s first installment of his venerably veritable Vietnam War film trilogy, starting with his own experience as a volunteer coming from a privileged background.

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In the Mouth of Madness (1994) – John Carpenter

In the Mouth of Madness (1994) – John Carpenter

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“Do you read Sutter Cane?” No, but I know H. P. Lovecraft and this is a direct homage. A teenage trip I´m proud to like.

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Nightcrawler (2014) – Dan Gilroy

Nightcrawler (2014) – Dan Gilroy

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Gyllenhaal spielt nicht in diesem Film mit.
Ein überzeugendes, nächtliches Los Angeles,
wo der normale Alleinverdiener hinter der Kamera alles für eine perfekte Aufnahme riskiert.

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Born the Fourth of July (1989) – Oliver Stone

Born the Fourth of July (1989) – Oliver Stone

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An important story about disillusionment prevented from further skipping generations thanks to putting resources and creative control into the hands of those who lived it.

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City Kino Wedding – Berlin, Germany

City Kino Wedding – Berlin, Germany

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An emerald hiding in the bushes around Berlin’s Eiffel Tower that could only be better if popcorn was sold and the projection rooms were darker.

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Wild at Heart (1990) – David Lynch

Wild at Heart (1990) – David Lynch

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Rare, inextinguishable desert eagle of directorial dedication and infinitesimal-involvement that relays on meditation to sink within and come out ultimately with practical plastic art.

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The Big Lebowski (1998) – The Coen Brothers

The Big Lebowski (1998) – The Coen Brothers

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From a jurassic VHS era where unpopular releases survived by the skin of their toothless box-office insignificance to now when people can’t get enough.

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You Were Never Really Here (2017) – Lynne Ramsay

You Were Never Really Here (2017) – Lynne Ramsay

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Wundervolle Schauspielkunst und Kameraführung und trotzdem solider Standard dank der Handlung, welche schon zu oft im Mittelpunkt anderer Glanztaten war.
Brennender Phoenix umgeben von Asche.

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Troy (2004) – Wolfgang Petersen

Troy (2004) – Wolfgang Petersen

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Ein gläubiges Königreich voller Naivität für eine blauäugige blonde Prinzessin, das jedoch auf’s falsche Pferd setzt.
Helden sterben, Könige sterben. Sean Bean überlebt.
Paradox, episch..

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The Road to Wellville (1994) – Alan Parker

The Road to Wellville (1994) – Alan Parker

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Never neglect a beautiful woman the doctor says. You better do what he says or he´ll be sure to beat the Kelloggs out of you.

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Twelve Monkeys (1995) – Terry Gilliam

Twelve Monkeys (1995) – Terry Gilliam

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Fantastic paradoxed-up, apocalyptic flick that makes us feel like we´re hanging tight to the hero´s back the way baby monkeys would in the wild.

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) – James Cameron

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) – James Cameron

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The Heather Graham of good, smart, gracefully aging action films that´s also one of those rare cases in which the sequel improves on the original.

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Days of Heaven (1978) – Terrence Malick

Days of Heaven (1978) – Terrence Malick

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Love triangles don’t work, period; but if you’re going for it do it during the magic hour when light makes everything look and feel right.

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Badlands (1973) – Terrence Malick

Badlands (1973) – Terrence Malick

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Terrence’s malice is in the details, Martin’s Malick in what he thinks but does not say. Sissy has none but carries the curse of passiveness.

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The Thing (1982) – John Carpenter

The Thing (1982) – John Carpenter

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Just about the wildest cosmic cabin fever imaginable while stuck in white-desert limbo with “twelve” angry man deciding who’s next at the burning stake.

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The Hunger (1983) – Tony Scott

The Hunger (1983) – Tony Scott

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A good collection of real-life vampires that will forever walk in beauty in this string-chambered celluloid-gem that survives a handicapped subject-matter.

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Summer of Sam (1999) – Spike Lee

Summer of Sam (1999) – Spike Lee

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Everyone curses except for the killer and his dog in the hot and sticky summer of our discontent made glorious winter by this fucking masterpiece.

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Female Perversions (1996) – Susan Streitfeld

Female Perversions (1996) – Susan Streitfeld

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The ticking time-bomb that appearances really are and the pale, psychotic knuckles betraying the grabbing on to it. Tilda swings herself away in submersion.

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Chinatown (1974) – Roman Polanski

Chinatown (1974) – Roman Polanski

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The right era. The right casting. The right script. What can I tell you, Roman? You’re right. When you’re right, you’re right, and you’re right.

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In a Lonely Place (1950) – Nicholas Ray

In a Lonely Place (1950) – Nicholas Ray

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You don´t let a dame in distress walk into your place for help twice without secretly testing your own fidelity to yourself and professional practice.

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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) – John Huston

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) – John Huston

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How can you tell if the gold is even real when inside your head everything is in black and white? True colors cross you twice.

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Inherent Vice (2014) – Paul Thomas Anderson

Inherent Vice (2014) – Paul Thomas Anderson

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A perplexing ride-along with a heroic heroin-free doper peek-eye in one of the most confusing coordinates of time to be anchored at.

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There Will Be Blood (2007) – Paul Thomas Anderson

There Will Be Blood (2007) – Paul Thomas Anderson

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A very proud and angry turn-of-the-20th-century prospector carries inflammable cabin fever around him everywhere/everyone he choses to own and drill.

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The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001) – The Coen Brothers

The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001) – The Coen Brothers

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The exquisite sense of irony of modern man’s bullshit life is never dry-cleaner than here; all been told in luminance levels imbued with Beethoven.

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Apocalypse Now (1979) – Francis Ford Coppola

Apocalypse Now (1979) – Francis Ford Coppola

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Far-out anti-war/pro-drugs cinematic experience that hits its heart-target as a perfect Parthian shot taken while exiting the dark 1970’s jungle.

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Sexy Beast (2000) – Jonathan Glazer

Sexy Beast (2000) – Jonathan Glazer

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Happiness is skin-drying under the molting Milky Way of Spain in a fortress carved out of distress. Unhappiness is having Mahatma Gandhi come visit.

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Boogie Nights (1997) – Paul Thomas Anderson

Boogie Nights (1997) – Paul Thomas Anderson

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The wonderful places you end up in when you’ve got nowhere to come back to. Fear and desire can spawn lots out of an edge.

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Frank (2014) – Lenny Abrahamsom

Frank (2014) – Lenny Abrahamsom

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He‘s the amalgamation between Syd Barret and the most bizarre talk show host imaginable. The brightest side of mental illness shines through this crazy diamond.

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The Wall (1982) – Alan Parker

The Wall (1982) – Alan Parker

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Majestic musical giving sound and picture to the specific traumas of growing up in a walled-in society and carrying it everywhere like a disease.

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Iron Man 3 (2013) – Shane Black

Iron Man 3 (2013) – Shane Black

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Umstrittenes, erwachsenes Trilogiefinale fokussiert auf Tony Stark statt Alter Ego. Hinzu kommt gigantischer Bacon Switch, schockierend für Comic-Puristen. Spreu von Weizen a la carte.

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Prisoners (2013) – Denis Villeneuve

Prisoners (2013) – Denis Villeneuve

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Beim Schauen wurde ich in einer der mitreissendsten Ermittlungen eines Schwerverbrechens und moralischer Weggabelungen entführt.
Mit (an)gespannten Schultern war ich ein Gefangener bis zum Ende!

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The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs (2018) – Coen Brothers

The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs (2018) – Coen Brothers

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Moderne Coen’sche Western-Anthologie bestehend aus 6 unabhängigen Geschichten.
Was mit Authentizität und Charme losgeht entwickelt sich zur herben Enttäuschung mit zu weit verstreuten Glanzmomenten.

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Rocky (1976) – John G. Avildsen

Rocky (1976) – John G. Avildsen

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Urgestein des Boxfilms.
Stallone macht meistens einen guten Job, nahezu jede andere Rolle leidet entweder unter grausig schwachem oder albernd starkem Schauspiel.
Schlecht gealterter Film.

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Creep (2014) – Patrick Brice

Creep (2014) – Patrick Brice

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Blairwitchesque Found-Footage-Film beginnend um eine fragwürdige Person.
(Gute) Jumpscares, makaberer Humor sowie schizophrene Ansicht, -Stimmungswechsel zwischen Psychostalking und Mordgedanken erzeugen konstante Nichtblinzel-Atmosphäre.

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John Wick (2014) – Chad Stahelski & David Leitch

John Wick (2014) – Chad Stahelski & David Leitch

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Ein Mann, kein Wort.
Klassischer Rache-Actionstreifen, jedoch ohne Cheesyness.
Allerdings kreieren unlogische Handlungsstränge sowie komische Dynamik eher eine „John kommt, tötet und geht“-Atmosphäre.

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Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) – Bryan Singer

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) – Bryan Singer

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Eine kleine Silhouette eines Mannes.
Dieser Film ist ein Fandango von talentierten Schauspielern und wir sehen wie gänsehauterregende Geistesblitze zu Hitsongs werden. Biopic des Jahres!

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Falling Down (1993) – Joel Schumacher

Falling Down (1993) – Joel Schumacher

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Is human decency economically viable? A day in the life of a middle-aged, divorced family-man going through the existential heatwave of a lifetime.

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Ice-T aka. Tracy Lauren Marrow – Today’s Birthday Tost, 16.02.1958

Ice-T aka. Tracy Lauren Marrow – Today’s Birthday Tost, 16.02.1958

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Ice-motherfuckin’-T verleiht seine authentische Stimme sowie vantaschwarz kalifornische Seele sowohl für unzählige TV-Auftritte als auch charaktergebend prägnant im Hip Hop und Metal.

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Groundhog Day (1993) – Harold Ramis

Groundhog Day (1993) – Harold Ramis

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This existential winter May never end, but Bill Murray, a disoriented rodent and romance will sustain you. When time stands still, you can do anything.

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I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) – Mary Harron

I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) – Mary Harron

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People go after their fifteen minutes of fame the way a moth goes to a flame. Symptoms of burning can only manifest in negative ways.

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Nobody’s Baby (2001) – David Seltzer

Nobody’s Baby (2001) – David Seltzer

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An almost invisible Gary Oldman is betrayed only by his exuding greatness while saving a motion picture that will chapstick you in many uncomfortable places.

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The Passion of the Christ (2004) – Mel Gibson

The Passion of the Christ (2004) – Mel Gibson

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Only Gibson‘s own radical passion could heal the constant wounds of a hemophiliac subject that never begins to end. Pleasure-pain for the dogma-giddy.

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The Night of the Iguana (1964) – John Huston

The Night of the Iguana (1964) – John Huston

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Aging can (and will) drive you crazy as long as you´re not keeping up with your peers. Are clergymen exempt from this? Let´s find out.

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Days of Wine and Roses (1962) – Blake Edwards

Days of Wine and Roses (1962) – Blake Edwards

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Always soul crushing to see a grown man sob like a silver child in a fairytale world where alcohol turns back into heroin every midnight.

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Deadpool 2 (2018) – David Leitch

Deadpool 2 (2018) – David Leitch

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Actiongeladenes Sequel des liebenswert vorlauten Comic-Söldners – diesmal mit Team und Referenzen én masse.
Wo Teil 1 spontan zündete, übersprießt Teil 2 mit übersüßen Wohlwollen.

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Le violon rouge (1998) – François Girard

Le violon rouge (1998) – François Girard

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A beautifully crafted international film that follows the undying nomadic life of an inanimate object that both brings and ends life to those around it.

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Låt den rätte komma in (2008) – Tomas Alfredson

Låt den rätte komma in (2008) – Tomas Alfredson

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As if the Scandinavian cold, darkness and depression wasn´t enough, there had to be a goddamn vampire on top. Better lock your windows too, people!

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JFK (1991) – Oliver Stone

JFK (1991) – Oliver Stone

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Maybe Oswald was a great shot after all and single-handedly dented the world with a fulminant sacrifice…a patsy-making film of paranoid passion.

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Hearts and Minds (1974) – Peter Davies

Hearts and Minds (1974) – Peter Davies

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A sweaty collage of participant-perspectives circling down the drain of an exhausted conflict that Americans so tip-of-the-iceberg-ly deemed too long.

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Fargo (1996) – Joel & Ethan Coen

Fargo (1996) – Joel & Ethan Coen

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This is the big fat mothership originally carrying the rich Paul Bunyan-esque dimension where true stories are always told exactly as they never occurred.

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Edmond (2005) – Stuart Gordon

Edmond (2005) – Stuart Gordon

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What happened to Macy´s character in “Fargo” (1996) during his New York trip the day before he got arrested as well as the jail aftermath.

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Snatch (2000) – Guy Ritchie

Snatch (2000) – Guy Ritchie

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Never go to England, but if you do, make sure your shoes are shit-hole proof. A comedy with a primeval force that is exquisite.

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Johnny Got His Gun (1971) – Dalton Trumbo

Johnny Got His Gun (1971) – Dalton Trumbo

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Written and directed by a black-listed Spartan-man who´s only begotten power was paralyzed by the wronging sword of a State of infuriating affairs.

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The Place Beyond The Pines (2012) – Derek Cianfrance

The Place Beyond The Pines (2012) – Derek Cianfrance

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„Durch die Bank“ düstere Geschichte welche die Abgründe menschlicher Macht- und Gesellschaftsdramen aufreißt.
In drei Akten holen die jeweiligen Protagonisten das Maximum ihrer Rollen raus.

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Creed (2015) – Ryan Coogler

Creed (2015) – Ryan Coogler

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Ich, kein großer Boxfan, fand dieses technisch erstaunliche Filmtribut übertraf jeden Rocky.
Stallone & Jordan liefern Meisterleistungen mit großartiger Message und ohne viel Boxfilm-Klischees.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – Wes Anderson

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – Wes Anderson

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This theatric complex caleidoscope is a testament of extraordinary camera work.
And through charming humor, masterful acting and a monumental cast it gets better every time.

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The Border (1982) – Tony Richardson

The Border (1982) – Tony Richardson

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To monitor the fringes of the world for monsters is what the self-serrating brain of law-enforcement does best. An acquired taste in morals.

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Withnail & I (1987) – Bruce Robinson

Withnail & I (1987) – Bruce Robinson

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Here´s where you write. Delete this text to set the Word Count to back to zero but do make sure you stay between the signs.

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Once Upon a Time in America (1984) – Sergio Leone

Once Upon a Time in America (1984) – Sergio Leone

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The Italian mammoth-mama of all justifiably long, resentment-free films that is perfectly casted, filmed and performed thusly keeping the human-continuity from slipping.

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Broken Flowers (2005) – Jim Jarmusch

Broken Flowers (2005) – Jim Jarmusch

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We´re only as good as people´s memory of us. What do you give to the man who has everything and still seems sad? A ride!

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Gran Torino (2008) – Clint Eastwood

Gran Torino (2008) – Clint Eastwood

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The almost insufferable high-school-play acting during the first part feels like a favor owed to someone we like. Clint sings and saves it.

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The Man in the White Suit (1951) – Alexander Mackendrick

The Man in the White Suit (1951) – Alexander Mackendrick

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Hunting down the single cleanest man on Earth to make him dirty like the rest of us is not such an easy task after all.

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The Wraith (1986) – Mike Marvin

The Wraith (1986) – Mike Marvin

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The darkest shade of Sheen at the peak of his fountain-of-youth fame before infamy made up most of his name despite respectable nepotism.

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The King of Comedy (1982) – Martin Scorsese

The King of Comedy (1982) – Martin Scorsese

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Don’t let anybody tell you who you are all your life and be a schmuck. Period. There’s always a way and here’s one of them.

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Angel Heart (1987) – Alan Parker

Angel Heart (1987) – Alan Parker

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Harry Angel: Hey, you ever watch the Mickey Rourke Club? ‘Cause you know what today… today is? Today is Wednesday. It’s anything can happen day.

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Barry Lyndon (1975) – Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon (1975) – Barry Lyndon

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Hopefully in this day and age of long forms of entertainment such as the video podcast people can finally quit complaining about Barry Lyndon’s length.

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Permanent Midnight (1998) – David Veloz

Permanent Midnight (1998) – David Veloz

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A passionate and out-of-character character for Stiller, that he brings out convincingly in an extreme case of adrenaline addiction under strict hyper-functionality.

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Full Metal Jacket (1987) – Stanley Kubrick

Full Metal Jacket (1987) – Stanley Kubrick

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A two-parter prequel to “Birdy” (1984) following the character’s experience in the millitary from boot camp to combat under the name of private Joker.

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Spartacus (1960) – Stanley Kubrick

Spartacus (1960) – Stanley Kubrick

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Hard to believe this unquestionably classic film would have trouble seeing the light and burn holes through egos until Kubrick rose up to the occasion.

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It Follows (2014) – David Robert Mitchell

It Follows (2014) – David Robert Mitchell

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Einmal wieder Kind sein?
Durch permanenter Paranoia (re)kreiert diese absurd geniale Verfilmung Angst in purer Ursprungsform.
Ton und Licht schleifen „Es“ zum Atmosphärediamanten der Neuzeit.

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Salvador (1986) – Oliver Stone

Salvador (1986) – Oliver Stone

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It starts out with an almost comical Hunter S. Thompson road-trip air, but quickly takes a wild U-Turn into “The Killing Fields” (1984).

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) – George Lucas

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) – George Lucas

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Sinnfreie Aneinanderreihung von desinteressierenden Ereignissen und geschwollen redenden, emotionslosen Mannequins die manchmal mit Laserschwertern rumfuchteln.
Größter Erfolg liegt in Spielzeug-produzierender Massen-Gehirnwäsche für Kinder.

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The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) – Martin Scorsese

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) – Martin Scorsese

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The horrors of a corrosive fantasy that Highly Defines the ugliest sides of an already hideous humanity dead set on giving bliss a dead end.

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This Is Spinal Tap (1984) – Rob Reiner

This Is Spinal Tap (1984) – Rob Reiner

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The Jane Fonda of rockumentaries that also happens to be a comedy that mock-documents a fictional rock band that has become realer than life.

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The “Juarez/ Border“ Scene in Sicario (2015) – Denis Villeneuve

The “Juarez/ Border“ Scene in Sicario (2015) – Denis Villeneuve

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13-minute exciting crescendo in front of the unknown danger, which stretches its limbs into unnatural lengths before being utterly compressed. Breathtaking modern film art.

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Waiting for Guffman (1996) – Christopher Guest

Waiting for Guffman (1996) – Christopher Guest

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As fun as playing with “My Dinner with Andre” action figures. “Second City TV” has an incredible Guest director. Only thing missing is John Candy.

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Gravity (2013) – Alfonso Cuarón

Gravity (2013) – Alfonso Cuarón

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There´s no up or down in the people-poor vacuum of outer-space where you´re side by side between Cary Grant and an unbeatable view.

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Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise (2001) – Danny Boyle

Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise (2001) – Danny Boyle

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Flair and flavor remain strong in a brave new decade, only this one feels like an aggressive early-two-thousands stream-of-consciousness psilocybin trip.

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Apocalypto (2006) – Mel Gibson

Apocalypto (2006) – Mel Gibson

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This movie is about fear and the end of the world. Knowing how bad history went as a spectator makes it all the more brutal.

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Dazed and Confused (1993) Richard Linklater

Dazed and Confused (1993) Richard Linklater

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Inbegriff eines High School-Sommerferienbeginn-Gefühls. Ein gigantisches Musikvideo mit sanfter Nostalgie und familiärem Vibe durch viele heutzutage bekannte Schauspieler vor der Blüte ihrer Zeit.

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Life of Brian (1979) – Terry Jones

Life of Brian (1979) – Terry Jones

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The crowd-conversation scene needs cutting, other than that it´s still hilarious as a clever compilation of statements and jokes that would never fly today.

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Kurt & Courtney (1998) – Nick Broomfield

Kurt & Courtney (1998) – Nick Broomfield

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Far-out, paranoid conspiracy theory trip forced into an almost planted veracity that entertains but carries itself with bad taste and disrespect for the dead.

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Natural Born Killers (1994) – Oliver Stone

Natural Born Killers (1994) – Oliver Stone

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Aggressive satire, dense with primary feelings & snake venom. A mordant mosaic of cinematic formats squirming linearly where murder is pure and helicopters aren´t deployed.

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Spider Man: Far From Home (2019) – Jon Watts

Spider Man: Far From Home (2019) – Jon Watts

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Fundamentaler Durchschnittsfilm mit Fan-Service, Respekt für Wurzeln, visuellem Style und genügend Tiefe um Genrejünglinge sowie Nerdisten zufrieden zu stellen.
Superheldenstreifen trifft Pop Punk Jugendkomödie!

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Eyes Wide Shut (1999) – Stanley Kubrick

Eyes Wide Shut (1999) – Stanley Kubrick

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Hot cold take on rusted shut adults who were shortchanged with mild kicks after textbook-“making it.” Kidman glows hellenic at the rainbow‘s remote end.

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) – Clint Eastwood

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) – Clint Eastwood

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Very special film about a murder case taking place in the Savannah-wilderness where mescaline goes with the wind in mystic Voodoo rhymes. Seek guidance.

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