• In the Fade

    In the Fade

    ★★★★½

    This film pretty much is three different movies rolled into one. First we're wallowing in grief after the protagonist's husband and child get killed in a terrorist attack. Then gears are changed and we have to witness the unbearable discrepancy of a court of law which ultimately can't deliver justice. Finally, we watch a phenomenal Diane Kruger fuelled by vengeance.

    What this film does most cleverly is how it plays a wicked game with your perception. We first meet the…

  • The Fog

    The Fog

    ★★★½

    The Fog often gets a bad rap, and yes, plot-wise it's exacty what you think it is: A spooky thrill-ride that features ghost pirates (or are they pirate ghosts?). Yet, as it often is the case, it's the execution that turns a silly premise into something special. In the first few minutes the seaside town gets cleverly introduced as a character itself, while the titular fog is quite the ominous presence from its first appearance on. Also, the framing device…

  • A Quiet Place Part II

    A Quiet Place Part II

    ★★★★

    Maybe it's just the relief of being able to return to the cinema talking out of me, but I think this movie rules! Krasinski delivered on my hopes for the sequel and flexes his directorial muscles. Silence and sounds (as well as the score) are utilized much more confidently this time around.

    The opening sequence builds up tension wonderfully and then releases it with quite the bang. Krasinski understood what made other sequels succeed and implemented it himself. The world…

  • A Monster Calls

    A Monster Calls

    ★★★★½

    This is a powerful film that wisely offers no easy answers to emotionally complex questions. A friend suggested it to me and told me not much else about it. In turn, it caught me really off-guard. It tells a layered story and I thought it was going in a whole different direction at first. I'd say it is about coming to terms with the inevitable loss of a loved one. I'll leave it at that.

    Fantasy elements are featured prominently.…

  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★

    A Quiet Place is very well made, especially the central family dynamic is quite moving. And I think it's great that it has become this cultural phenomenon. It works brilliantly as this scenario of: what if we had to live in a world without sound. And yet, although my suspension of disbelief is alive and well, this is quite the leap.

    I might have preferred a much more obscure depiction of the threat, more like in - can't believe I'm…

  • Cast Away

    Cast Away

    ★★★★

    This one I remembered very differently and I was surprised how little of it takes place on the actual island. I found this to be more of an asset, as it leaves you wanting more of that locale.

    The first act takes its time to introduce our protogonist. They even filmed parts in Moscow and set a huge table for the Christmas dinner at home. I appreciate these efforts immensely. Also, Zemeckis' use of CGI still looks seamless to this…

  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

    ★★★½

    We follow a single mom through her everyday struggle. Saying she's down on her luck doesn't really cut it: Her son is, to say the least, displaying bevahvioural problems, her boss gives her a hard time at her nursing job and her love life is non-existent. In addition, we gradually learn that she is dealing with a severe case of grief - paralyzing depression and insomnia included. To top it all off, she additionally has an ever-bugging bad tooth.

    As…

  • Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    ★★★★½

    To this day, I find it weird to see all these actors that I otherwise only know from my mum's favourite TV shows appear in a Tarantino movie. Even Waltz used to be one of them.

    My favourite plotline must be Shosanna's. It has always been one of Tarantino's twisted games to put well-rounded characters into B-movie plots, in this case a Dirty Dozen setting. In addition, Brühl's misguided advances on her are just a perfect display of how fanaticism…

  • The Tomorrow War

    The Tomorrow War

    ★★

    After an exhausting week at work I was in the mood for something dumb and not too terrible. And boy, did this deliver!

    Chris Pratt reprises his role of Awesome Chris Pratt Guy. Sadly, it's never made clear what his deal is, science guy or grunt. Also, the supporting cast are mostly stock characters. The time travel mechanics are explained too vaguely, and the world building is quite clunky. Once more I get a feeling that movies are written by…

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★★★

    As a history buff as well as a fan of film - while also having grandparents that are exactly the protagonist's age group - this movie crosses some wires in my brain, in the best way possible.

    You could tear the film apart because of all its historical inaccuracies, sure. Me personally, I can excuse basically all of them, as Jojo Rabbit tells a pretty clear-cut story which could take place in any inhuman regime. It shows what happens to…

  • Adidas Vs. Puma: The Brother's Feud

    Adidas Vs. Puma: The Brother's Feud

    ★★½

    First of all, if you didn't know the founders of Puma and Adidas were brothers, now you know. This is a TV movie, you get the gist: schmaltzy melodrama and clunky dialogue. I feared the movie would brush over their involvement in the Nazi party. Turns out, it's the story's main conflict!

    Fortunately, anecdotes like Jesse Owens winning Olympic gold in their shoes lighten the mood. All you history and/or sports buffs out there, this movie has got you covered on a rainy Sunday morning.

  • Fight Club

    Fight Club

    ★★★★½

    This must have been my first time revisiting this since I've been to school. The crackpot potheads from my grade really turned it into scorched earth when they treated it as some kind of sacred text.

    What I find most compelling now is how, on a surface level, it is such a dudebro movie ("Only for men!"), with lots of sweaty fighting and philosophies that are all over the place. Yet, if you look closer, it also works perfectly as…