Stockholm International Film Festival

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA review

2015-01-04 // 0 Comments

The CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA are a serpent made of nothing but damp air – a meteorological phenomenon mirroring both the magic and the inescapable consequences of things we see creeping up on us. Like the chance of a lifetime, like age, love, envy or a craving for death. All of them very apt themes [...]

My fav films 2014 – made me cry

2014-12-17 // 0 Comments

CAMP X-RAY about the torture to both – prisoners and guards – in Guantanamo had me in tears. But the floodgates really opened at TRUE BLOOD ‘s finale. What a ride, though! Wait, there’s more: Dark backstories turned MY OLD LADY into tragedy, same with SKELETON TWINS , WISH I WAS HERE and Icelandic epos VONARSTRÆTI – LIFE [...]

My fav films 2014 – the best laugh

2014-12-16 // 0 Comments

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS had me literally rolling on the floor laughing my proverbial behind off – this can be embarrassing in a crowded cinema, so brace yourselves. As funny Vampires go, THERAPY FOR A VAMPIRE gave me some hilarity too. I did leave the movie theatre with a wide grin on my [...]

SFF14 – films I didn’t mention

2014-11-18 // 0 Comments

Almost … these two films almost made it into my reviews, but HILL OF FREEDOM by Sang-Soo Hong became too boring (after a good start: witty dialogues, a dog named “Dream” and a well reasoned anachronic storytelling made for some fun, whereas clumsy filming and overacting destroyed much of the effect later on), and SECOND COMING touched [...]

MAPS TO THE STARS – a Cronenberg conundrum

2014-11-12 // 0 Comments

MAPS TO THE STARS , directed by David Cronenberg and written by Bruce Wagner, reminded me of NIGHTCRAWLER. It is to film business, what the latter is to news journalism – what a drama! Both films show a world of fierce competitiveness (Julianne Moore as diva Segrand, for instance) and of seriously disturbed characters (Mia Wasikowska [...]

Lena Einhorn: Blekingegatan 32

2014-11-11 // 0 Comments

Coming back home from Södermalm, from Stockholms Filmfestival, doesn’t feel so bad if one has this book to accompany the flight back to Austria. “Blekingegatan 32” is the name of the street in Stockholm Södermalm, where a certain Greta Gustafsson grew up, better known to the world as Greta Garbo. This book by Lena Einhorn (in [...]

THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY – a thriller, flawless and beautiful

2014-11-08 // 0 Comments

Yes, Viggo Mortensen stars in THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY as well-to-do American tourist Chester MacFarland, so do Kirsten Dunst as his wife Colette and Oscar Isaac as charming and mischievous tourist guide Rydal (who sees Chester as a father figure and lusts after his wife) – but the real star in this directorial début of [...]
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