Criticker Zealot - 5825 Film 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
|30 T2||Dark Shadows (2012) - May 13, 2012
"Lazy and unfunny. (Not entirely unlike this mini-review)"
|100 T10||Mulholland Drive (2001) - Apr 16, 2012
"Lynch is undebatably a cinematic master. To be able to conceive and pull off telling a story this complex, ambiguous and - arguably - profound he must also be no less than a genius. The nature of the film's narrative lets the viewer solve (and forever reinterpret) his tantalizing riddle. I love Watts' effervescent performance, her character's audition, the Silencio show, the small bursts of comedy and, more than anything, the first scene at Winkie's, perhaps the best ever committed to celluloid."
|98 T10||The Prestige (2006) - Jul 24, 2012
"Amazing and intricate story about obsession and deception. Each time I revisit Nolan's sly, moody, well-acted genrebender, I love it more. Knowing the tricks up his sleeve, one appreciates all the setups and misdirections. Alert first-time viewers will be able to predict some twists and turns of the plot but knowing Borden's secret early doesn't deflate the suspense, and resting on the belief that you've figured out the mystery should help pull the rug on you later. One of my all-time favorites."
|85 T10||Room at the Top (1959) - Aug 16, 2017
"I need to watch some more films from the British New Wave, apparently, because this muscular and nicely shot love triangle tale, which won Academy Awards for Best Actress (Signoret) and Best Writing, was excellent."
|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."
|99 T10||The Thick Of It (2005) - Oct 20, 2016
"One of my top 3 favorite tv series of all time. The writing of the mindblowingly high number of acidic jokes per minute (delivered by a hilarious ensemble in the breakneck fashion of old screwball comedies) is simply unparalleled."
|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."
|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."
|95 T10||A Separation (2011) - Dec 02, 2011
"Accessible and engaging. Farhardi shows that what's practical must sometimes take precedence over an ideal when one is forced to prioritize conflicting responsibilities (church, state, family, integrity). Trusting the power of the moral predicaments, he avoids sentimentality and draws exquisite performances. His multifaceted story - both culturally specific and universally relatable - is told elegantly, with perfect unity. An empathetic glimpse into the complicated lives of realistic characters."
|60 T6||The Sound of Music (1965) - Mar 11, 2011
"♫ pre-dict-able plot-lines and chea-sy ro-man-ces ♫ o-ver-hyped clas-sics and mu-si-cal dan-ces ♫ wild-ly an-noy-ing small chil-dren who sing ♫ that will ne-ver be my fa-vo-rite thing (... but, hey, on the other hand, it's hard to truly hate this.)"