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  • Teen Spirit

    Teen Spirit

    ★★★½

    I got sold on this movie by the mesmerizing poster.

    Turns out it's the teen pop music singing competition version of "Rocky", but what it's got going for it are a strong performance by the absolutely enchanting Elle Fanning and the heavily stylized cinematography that gives half the movie a music video feel.

    Also there is a certain vibe of heartfelt honesty to the entire thing, which left me pleasantly satisfied by the end even though it didn't bring anything new to the table.

  • Last Shift

    Last Shift

    ★★★★

    An excellent example of "minimum budget, maximum effect".

    A strong central performance coupled with a barebones story and setting, but the way they're utilised makes for an extremely creepy and unsettling viewing experience. The balance between atmospheric dread and jump scares is excellent here. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just say that whenever a movie comes that can actually scare a seasoned horror fan like me, I can't help, but praise and recommend it.

    It loses one…

  • Train to Busan

    Train to Busan

    ★★★½

    Rewatched for the first time since the original release and my initial opinion remains unchanged, though now I have to "unheart" it cause I'm not planning on rewatching it again.

    Pretty much everything having to do with the actual zombie action works perfectly and is enhanced by the train setting.

    Pretty much everything about the character drama tries too hard and by the finale gets annoyingly sentimental in a way that just doesn't belong in a movie like this. Yes,…

  • Nezha

    Nezha

    ★★★★

    "Nezha" is a new animated film from Mainland China which is currently a huge box office hit there and is breaking all kinds of records.

    Storywise it's typical Chinese mythology stuff with different deities and magical showdowns. Think Monkey King, Dragon Ball and Naruto kind of stuff. That's not a bad thing at all, just that it's of no surprise. What is surprising is the quality of animation on display here.

    Typically Mainland animated fare is easy to criticize from…

  • Us and Them

    Us and Them

    ★★★★

    This is a modern Chinese romantic tearjerker done mostly very right.

    Sure, it's got some cringe-y moments and the music is really manipulative at times hence 1 star lost, but the 2 leads have great chemistry and are a joy to watch cause their performances ring true and keep it all rolling along nicely.
    It also looks very pretty with nice cinematography all around and even a few spectacular shots here and there.

    Interesting how this film is relatively low…

  • The War of the Gargantuas

    The War of the Gargantuas

    ★★½

    Nothing noteworthy about this film here. It's pretty boring without any fun or creative story bits. What saves it from being a failure is that there is quite a lot of giant monster action throughout. Too bad that those monsters are 2 King Kongs - a black and a brown one. The only unique thing about them is that they have ugly human faces instead of gorilla mugs. I also really liked the roar of one of them, it was…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    In "Parasite" Bong Joon-Ho is up to his usual genre-bending tricks again and it's as suspenseful and thrilling as it is metaphorical and thought-provoking.

    The film is farce at its best, right until it goes for the literal kill and things get very real. The less you know about the plot the better, cause all the twisty turny shenanigans on display are a joy to watch and they're the film's best aspect. Of course the acting, cinematography, editing and pacing…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★½

    It's too early to say if "Hereditary" was a fluke of a masterpiece, but it's clear that Ari Aster couldn't hit a homerun twice.

    First, here's what is really good about "Midsommar" - The cinematography and the atmosphere it creates are immaculate. The writing of group and couple dynamics in the first half of the film is outstanding. The acting of that there Florence Pugh is incredible once again. And just the sheer gall of making a weird movie like…

  • Fighting with My Family

    Fighting with My Family

    ★★★½

    This was a totally random watch with zero expectations and it turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

    Even having lost my interest in the world of wrestling ever since the "nWo" days of the late 90s this film actually managed to recapture at least some of the joy I used to get watching these larger-than-life personalities brawl it out. The fact that it's also a pretty good cliche-lite family dramedy just added to the enjoyment. Though I was expecting…

  • Shadow of Truth

    Shadow of Truth

    ★★★★½

    Ok, I've had my fill of disturbing true crime documentaries for the time being.

    "Shadow Of Truth" is an absolutely fascinating exploration of a crime that apparently still haunts the Israeli government and judicial system. Jokes aside it's also scarier than any horror movie I've seen in the last decade or so. And I'm not just talking about the fear of some insane bloodthirsty psychopath murdering children.

    This film encompasses far more than that. Problems and trends that exist in…

  • I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter

    I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter

    ★★★★½

    Is it possible to make a person kill themselves thought texting? Apparently it is, if they love you enough.

    The best aspect of this documentary, besides the look into the disturbing nature of millenial love-through-texting relationships and social anxiety, is the fact that the 2 halves of the film expertly provide a look at both sides of this unique case - the prosecution and the defense.

    In the end you're given enough arguments for and against to be able to…

  • Family

    Family

    ★★★★

    Having been a big fan of Insane Clown Posse's music during my high school and freshman years I was really curious to see how this film would turn out. And the result is a pleasant surprise.

    Much less of a "juggalo" film and more just a heartfelt indie comedy about finding the right balance in life. It's touching and thought-provoking without being preachy or condescending, while still being funny more often than not. The two main actresses have great chemistry…