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KasperL

Criticker Zealot - 6129 Film Ratings

Member Since: Oct 21, 2007

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Age: 36

Gender: Male

Bio: My ratings explained:

95-100: Masterpieces and favorites
85-90: I loved it
75-80: Recommended
70: I liked it quite a bit
60: Pretty good
55: Average (or, I'm undecided)
40-50: Watchable
30: Bad
20: Terrible
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
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20 4% Suicide Squad (2016) - Nov 19, 2017
"I can imagine the advertising department trying to come up with a good tagline at a meeting after having just been subjected to the lousy finished product. Several moments of tense silence pass by, and then finally, following a sigh of utter resignation, the intern raises a hand and ventures a desperate suggestion: "Well, guys, those Honest Trailers are really popular, you know ... How about we simply go with 'Worst Heroes Ever'?""
100 99% Fight Club (1999) - Feb 02, 2012
"If it were possible to reexperience one film for the first time, I'd choose this. In terms of style Fincher is obviously peerless. The fusion of his edginess and wry humor with Pahlaniuk's discerning social commentary is dangerously perfect. Norton is utterly brilliant (beating himself up routine, voice-over) and - once you've gotten over the most knockout-awesome use of unreliable narration ever - the quality of his performance adds poignancy to what underneath all the attitude is a love story."
60 50% The Golden Spiders (2000) - Aug 14, 2017
"I love Rex Stout's mysteries, and this is a pretty successful, but not amazing adaptation. I definitely wouldn't mind checking out the tv series once I've plowed through all of the books (nine down, 38 to go!)."
100 99% City of God (2002) - Oct 21, 2007
"This amazing movie takes my breath away. A coming-of-age story, ambitiously raveled into numerous other plot strands, together forming a raw portrayal of crime and corruption in the favelas and of the inhabitants' dreams of power, escape, love etc. It's masterfully told and feels very authentic, yet all the while showcasing groundbreaking stylistic tricks. 'City of God' is my favorite movie of all time."
98 99% 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."
95 98% 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."
100 99% Primer (2004) - Aug 13, 2010
"Never have I been so attentive and challenged during a first viewing. Pieces to the puzzle are there in plain sight and only one is missing, the one also unattainable by the protagonists, leaving some wiggleroom for further hypotheses. Given that the field of possibilities in a time travel movie is so immense, Carruth's most impressive accomplishment is actually that the meticulousness of his astonishingly complex narrative allows for a very precise reconstruction of "prior" events. Pure genius."
90 97% Coco (2017) - Mar 01, 2018
"Beautiful, both visually and thematically, and simply a joy to watch."
96 99% 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."
85 93% Manchester by the Sea (2016) - Jan 23, 2017
"A kick in the guts. The story structure (flashbacks triggered by places and memories) is elegant, and Affleck - who owns the role as a chronically devastated wreck of a man - almost surpasses his work in 'The Assassination of Jesse James...'. By the way, if 'Manchester by the Sea' has you buttered up for even more pain and awkwardness and raw emotion, then look no further than Lonergan's previous work, 'Margaret'."