Criticker Zealot - 5627 Rankings
Member Since: Oct 21, 2007
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Bio: My ratings explained:
95-100: Masterpieces and favorites
85-90: I loved it
70: I liked it quite a bit
60: Pretty good
55: Average (or, I'm undecided)
0-10: Hopeless and/or offensive
I post all of my mini-reviews to letterboxd.com/KasperL, and I keep track of my favorite films at fb.com/favoritefilms
|95 T10||The Tree of Life (2011) - Sep 21, 2011
"An original and often mesmerizing coming-of-age ode, providing intimacy and personal perspective. McCracken is brilliant. Malick and Lubezki stunningly let us share his childhood, presenting family dynamics, formative years and the beauty of enjoying everyday life. The setup about ways of living seems reductive initially but they are, I gather, merely ideals thrust upon Jack, serving as a tool for organizing his trip down memory lane. I'll choose the way of grace and forgive the nature sequence."
|98 T10||Tree of Knowledge (1981) - Feb 05, 2016
"Of the Danish films I've seen, there are only two that I would consider masterpieces. 'Ordet' by Dreyer is one of them. This is the other. Watching the young actors grow up while we follow these kids over the course of three school years, I get completely caught up in everything that happens to them as they mature. From the innocent, effervescent joys of childhood to the formative troubles of adolescence. Malmros nails a certain time and place - not just in Danish history, but also in our lives."
|96 T10||The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) - May 17, 2011
"One film to rule them all. Compared to the following parts this is smaller in scale. Instead, the magnitude of the quest is conveyed through the pitch-perfect telling of the fascinating myth (Blanchett's narration is amazing). So sit back, marvel at Jackson's epic realization of Tolkien's world, Shore's beautiful score and the fine performances all round (McKellen is Gandalf the Grey), and let around 3½ hour fly by. It's as good as fantasy gets. About as good as filmmaking gets, actually."
|90 T10||Her (2013) - Feb 27, 2014
"Sweet and emotional. The type of science fiction that I love: Jonze picks up on trends in our society that we're all subjected to to some extent - then he extrapolates. The near-future he imagines is believable and food for thought, and the way he treats his subjects, love and connection, commendably nuanced. Add award worthy acting, beautiful photography and a score by Arcade Fire and the result is, well, wonderful. This should prove a contemporary classic, and one that I plan to revisit often."
|98 T10||The Matrix (1999) - Dec 31, 2013
"Iconic. The supporting characters are particularly unforgettable: Weaving's Agent Smith, Fishburne's Morpheus, The Pants' Cypher and Foster's Oracle is the stuff of legend. Thematically, it's the paranoid skeptic's wet dream. Part sci-fi pastiche, part revolutionary action cinema, 'The Matrix' is equally fascinating for its dense references and its groundbreaking visuals. And, to my mind, it hasn't dated in the decade and a half since it came out. It remains as cool and as entertaining as ever. "
|90 T10||The Cabin in the Woods (2012) - May 18, 2012
"To steer clear of spoilers is tricky. Suffice to say that certain ideas are drawn from a 1998 flick, adding substance to what's usually brainless. Whedon and Goddard provide us with exactly the moments and elements we've come to expect. But they go one further, asking: Why is it that we as an audience need these tropes to be present and correct? Even if the deconstruction aspect isn't your thing, the finale expands and delivers more geeky awesomeness than any genre fan could ask for. I loved it."
|99 T10||Seven (1995) - May 15, 2010
"The quintessential thriller, Fincher's masterwork hasn't been matched since. By not witnessing the murders, the audience retains the perspective of the protagonists. Like them, we experience only the aftermath of the gruesomeness while the real impact of the film comes from the menacing (and classically noir) mood of hostility and complete and utter despair, brilliantly supported by both style, plot and characterization, all crystalizing the bleak theme of a world in utter disrepair. Perfection."
|95 T10||Boyhood (2014) - Feb 18, 2014
"A brilliantly observed slice of Americana about rites of passage, examining what it means to grow up. As much as I adore 'Before Sunrise', this unique, ambitious work about being a child and becoming an adult might top even that gem. Linklater's auteur traits are authenticity, recognizability and an ability to be moving and resonant in unforced ways. 'Boyhood' triggers our memory, thereby (like madeleine cakes and a portion of ratatouille before it) bending time and space, and makes us reflect."
|90 T10||Let the Right One In (2008) - Feb 07, 2010
"Truly original. Perfectly balanced. The mix of vampire-horror with a coming-of-age story of a bullied boy proves very potent because supernatural happenings to Oskar seem not that much more violent and weird than the everyday life of growing up. The kids are as great as the cinematography is brilliant. A wonderful surprise and the best film of 2008."
|98 T10||Inception (2010) - May 25, 2012
"Superiorly constructed; smart exposition escalates a complex plot, retaining clarity while managing to embed ambiguous elements. They provide, yes, an inception of the suspicion of an unreliable world that proves triumphantly pertinent to the poignant emotional core of the film and a superb thematic fit with the sci-fi world of the ontological mindfuck. Fascinating concepts abound (subconscious security/time dilation/limbo), leaving no room for clearly defined rules. Most entertaining film ever?"