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|62 T8||The Double (2014) - May 23, 2017
"Quite different from director Richard Ayoade's previous film "Submarine", but I liked both films about equally. This one reminded me of films of Lynch, Gilliam and Radford's "1984" - and that's not too common these days. Eisenberg is a good fit as the lead and Wasikowska keeps picking interesting roles."
|60 T7||The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) - May 23, 2017
"Definitely up there with recent quality teen films like Spectacular Now, Youth in Revolt etc., but unlike those other films this doesn't really have a comedic side to it, and it makes me wonder what the target audience was. As a pure drama it seems to lack some story and it was not a surprise to find out that it's based on a book. Still, the cast did a fine job and there's something in the film that rings true to teens of today as well as those of us who have entered adulthood a long time ago."
|58 T6||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) - May 22, 2017
"Decent follow-up which lacks the freshness of the first film. Original cast is still fun even though some of the jokes start to wear out, and Russell and (underused) Stallone are a bonus. Biggest issue is the story which is nothing special and doesn't really provide a very satisfying structure for the film. I applaud Gunn for adding stuff that you don't really expect to see in a blockbuster and e.g taking his time with Rooker's character, but hopefully they come up with a proper story next time."
|61 T8||Sing Street (2016) - May 22, 2017
"Light and fun music film which takes place in 80's Ireland and should please fans of of the era as the soundtrack is filled with songs from bands like Duran Duran and The Cure with the fictional band also mimicking their music videos and style. The original songs are good too. As a whole, It's a bit too predictable and safe to rise to another level, and limits of the budgets are occasionally distracting."
|61 T8||Cry Danger (1951) - May 10, 2017
"A tight B-Noir with snappy dialogue and a good cast. Powell is believable as the lead and the supporting cast consists of a lot of familiar faces. There's also some nice location shooting, especially the trailer park which I hadn't seen used this well in Noir before. If you've seen your share of Noir, you could easily guess where the story was heading, but it was a fun ride anyway. Not a classic, but it's astonishing how many of these smaller gems the genre has to discover."
|55 T5||Stardust Memories (1980) - May 09, 2017
"Quite good Allen drama/comedy with shades of Bergman and Fellini. I enjoyed the b/w cinematography and it was delightful to see Rampling and Harper in something like this. It was a solid film but it didn't really strike me as one of Allen's very best as I had heard. Probably one to revisit later."
|75 T10||Borgen (2010) - May 08, 2017|
|58 T6||Mesteren (2017) - May 08, 2017
"You have to respect the Danes for making something like this. A film which takes place in art scene and doesn't belong to any specific genre - it contains elements of comedy, thriller and drama, but still feels very focused and keeps you guessing where it's all heading. I got the feeling that it was intended as something even darker, but pulled back a bit. If that's the case, it could have been a stronger film. It still a respectable debut from Sieling, but probably not one I would re-visit."
|55 T5||A Bigger Splash (2015) - May 08, 2017
"I quite enjoyed the first part of hedonism, booze and partying in Mediterranean surroundings, and especially Ralph Fiennes' acting. His character was like a sex, drugs and rock'n'roll version of the one he played in Grand Budapest Hotel. The film changes completely when the story takes a dramatic turn and the end result feels quite disjointed. But I did enjoy the direction and will probably check out Guadagnino's other work based on this."
|64 T8||Get Out (2017) - May 08, 2017
"Great debut from director Jordan Peele. This is definitely up there with recent quality horror films like It Follows & The Witch, but I felt that it didn't quite reach that level. I applaud it for boldly tackling sensitive racial issues, perhaps more so than any recent dramas, but I felt that it lost quite a lot of steam within the last 30 mins which more or less followed the usual horror cliches. Also the scenes with LilRel Howery were too flat out comedic and took me out of the main story."