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  • Everlasting Regret

    Everlasting Regret

    ★★★★

    A portrait of a city in interiors. Bodies framed by mirrors, windows, furniture, decoration, bodies lost in their beauty, closed off, confined to claustrophobic games of desire and power while history happens offscreen, sometimes encroaching onto the soundtrack but never really registering as affect. The cultural revolution isn't much more than a rather abrupt change of scenery and one laconic intertitle later everyone has returned to the city, the world definitively has become tackier, but the paddings of the prison…

  • Treasure Island

    Treasure Island

    ★★★★

    Systems of control and how to temporarily escape them. Favorite shot: the giggling, positively ecstatic girl during the dodgeball game, unobtrusively isolated by Martin Rit's great camera. How it feels to be a target - but also the center of the world.

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★½

    Not a good film with its in principal rather decent evocation of New Hollywood textures and pacing constantly being derailed by, among other things, a terribly oomphy score and Phoenix`s one note power acting (the scenes with him and De Niro are interesting, though: film history repeating itself, first as tragedy, then as farce). Still, and not at all surprisingly, it`s not nearly as bad as the discourse surrounding it. To call JOKER a film about "incel culture" and male…

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ½

    This is so dull and witless - every attempt at a joke that tries to move beyond "nazis are evil but also stupid" falls completely flat - that it took me some time to realize just how terrible it is even beyond its unappealing surface. Turning Hitler into a clown is in itself no reason for moral outrage. But installing Hitler as a dematerialized, ahistoric metacinematic gadget while at the same time positioning Elsa as the bearer of historical truth,…