Reviews

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      Whiplash (8/10)


        An ambitious drummer goes to a prestigious conservatory where he meets an even more ambitious teacher. Which one of them turns out to be the bigger musical genious, the bigger egotistical maniac, or the arrogantly victorious hero in the end…?

        The script is very tight and narrowly focused – probably fair to call it myopic – on these two leads. All other characters are just there in support of strengthening the focus on the battle between these two characters.


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      Pride (8/10)


        There is a healthy sub-genre of British Cinema that celebrates the quirkiness of the Brits, their subcultures and their local communities. Combine that with a backdrop of economic hardship, an abundance of prejudice, and a dash of politics and you get a very funny movie like Pride.


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      The Theory of Everything (8.5/10)


        Let me first say it is a beautiful movie. A biopic about Stephen Hawking it is not however.

        I wasn’t expecting a science class, but I was expecting just a bit more of the scientific insights that make this man brilliant to come through in the movie – but they don’t. But, once you accept that and experience it as a romanticised story of the relationship between Hawking and his first wife Jane, it delivers.


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      Forbidden Planet (9.5/10)


        Sometimes a classic film comes from an unexpected place. Director Fred Wilcox had directed nothing of note before – “Lassie Comes Home” was his best known movie until this. The leading man in the movie is a young Leslie Nielsen, much better known decades later for his comedy role in the “Police Squad” series. From such unpromising soil sprang what is widely regarded as one of the finest science fiction movies of all time.


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      Ex Machina (8/10)


        This low-budget sci-fi movie is the directorial debut of Alex Garland, writer of “The Beach” and “28 Days”. It is a deceptively low-key film with just a few characters, and indeed could almost have been a play instead of a film.


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      Nightcrawler (7.5/10)


        Close… but no cigar…

        Nightcrawler is the story of Louis Bloom who by chance decides to work his way into filming accidents and crimes and selling the footage to the local news station.

        I enjoyed the movie. The story is ‘interesting’ in an American Psycho kind of way, the atmosphere is dark and the cinematography is pretty good.


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      Zodiac (8/10)


        A long, somewhat clinical approach to the story of the Zodiac Killer by David Fincher. At the same time it builds good depth in the main characters, and it does not get boring despite is 2.5 hour running time.


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      The Anomaly (4/10)


        What a shame. The first 20 minutes or so this movie keeps you interested trying to figure out what is going on – the audience knows as little as the main character. But the longer it goes on the more boring it becomes…


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      Guardians of the Galaxy (3/10)


        I’ll admit I enjoy sci-fi and generally give any sci-fi movie a go. And this one comes with recommendations galore – inlcuding e.g. a score of 8.2 on IMDB and score of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, so it must be pretty good.


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