• Colette

    Colette

    ★★★

    Keira Knightley plays Colette, the famous bisexual French writer in this cute little biopic.

    I'm happy that there is a biopic about Colette, not enough people outside of France know about her. The film itself describes well the problems that female writers and women in general faced in the turn of the century. However, I don't think it became clear enough how important she truly was for the French literary scene.

    Everything in the film is quite well done but doesn't keep haunting you, nothing is really extraordinary.

  • Darkest Hour

    Darkest Hour

    ★★½

    The film concentrates on a very specific time point in the WW2, Churchill's ascension to power and decision not to parlé with the Nazis.

    The film has beautiful cinematography and some very clever visuals. Kristin Scott Thomas is wonderful. Gary Oldman was good too, but I wouldn't have given him an Oscar. In the back of my head I have John Lithgow's Churchill from The Crown and in my opinion it was a better version.

    The story isn't very interesting…

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    ★★★½

    Kubrick's satiric take on the Cold War and the looming threat of nuclear war.

    I see clearly why people love this film. Especially Sellers in his triple role is phenomenal. Great cinematography, wacky characters, ingenious decors. And basically half of the lines could be printed on cups and T-shirts, this film is so quotable. Also, I think there's a fair amount of reality in here and we were closer to a full-blown nuclear war in real life than we care…

  • Blanche Gardin - Bonne nuit Blanche

    Blanche Gardin - Bonne nuit Blanche

    ★★★½

    Blanche Gardin is my favourite French stand-up comedian. Over her past performances she has touched on some pretty heavy subjects. And it always makes you laugh. And then it makes you hate yourself a bit for laughing.

    During the past few years I've had a bit more trouble with her personal views. But I would say that that didn't really influence my rating of this show: the show still makes me laugh, but less so than her previous ones. It was just not as funny as before.

  • Molly's Game

    Molly's Game

    Jessica Chastain plays Molly Bloom, a retired athlete turned poker game hostess. A classic rags-to-riches-and-back-to-rags.

    The film gives a glimpse to the life of the rich and famous. It's hard to like or to relate to any of the characters in the film. Even Molly remains quite one-sided and mostly dislikable. I'm sorry but the fact that you don't want to let bad people burn just to save your name doesn't make up for a strong and noble goal. We…

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    I wanted to like this film so much more than I did!

    I decided to watch it because of Boseman, and if it would be solely about his performance, I would have given it 5 stars! Most of the other actors did a great job too. But. I hadn't read anything about this film before watching it, and it just completely shone through that it's actually a theatre piece. I feel the adaptation to a feature film was surprisingly lazy.…

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★½

    This film is a rare combination of ingenuity, symbolism, timeless wisdom about wealth and how it doesn't lead to happiness, childhood trauma, trash journalism, and the all-mighty American dream.

    Citizen Kane is based on a true-ish story of a newspaper mogul who, despite his incredible wealth, seems to be unable to love and find happiness.

    Great acting, especially from the director Welles himself. The lighting and the decor of the film are clearly inspired by German expressionist cinema, which makes…

  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    ★★★★

    A dark-flavoured action comedy about Marla, a legal guardian ripping off money from her wards. One day, she stumbles upon an elderly lady who isn't quite what she expected.

    This film has received some mixed reviews but I really liked it. It was not what I expected.

    I really enjoy Rosamund Pike's take on the psycho-boss-lady type. She did it already so well in Gone girl, and here she continues on the same path. I can't take my eyes off…

  • Heartbreaker

    Heartbreaker

    ★★½

    A light french romcom starring Romain Duris and Vanessa Paradis.

    Romain Duris plays Alex, a heartthrob, who gets hired to break couples up. He's in business with his quirky sister and brother-in-law and they have an understanding that they only break up unhappy couples. Yet, when debts pile up, concessions have to be made.

    The film is what it promises; light and fluffy. I will mostly remember Vanessa Paradis (how is it possible that she always looks so amazing?) and…

  • Sonatine

    Sonatine

    ★★★★

    In this Kitano classic, a yakuza (played brilliantly by Kitano himself) with his small crew gets pulled to a feud between two rival clans in Okinawa island.

    All the Kitano trademarks are there: the director involved also in the acting, mundane violence and disposable characters, weird subtle humour, associative narration without much explanation, beautiful shots.

    In comparison to his older films, this one is distinctly more coherent even though his train of thought is still sometimes hard to follow. I…

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★½

    A heart surgeon takes a fatherless youngster under his wing with unexpected consequences.

    This film will stay with me for a while. Creepy music and incredible sound design. Unsettling dialogue. Weird characters. Terrific acting from everybody involved. Visually beautiful and meticulous.

    I'm not sure this counts as a horror movie (it's more like a psychological thriller) but it's more horror than I've had for a while. And on a deeper level. The stuff of nightmares.

    The director, Yorgos Lanthimos, seems…

  • Heal the Living

    Heal the Living

    Heal the living is a film about a young lad Simon, who gets into a car accident with his friends and ends up brain dead. We follow how his parents come to terms with his death and contemplate whether or not to donate his organs in order to save someone else's life.

    Some beautiful shots, some good acting (also from the younger cast members which is always a nice surprise). Emotions are raw and the characters feel real, I admit…