Filmfestivalen 2019

Filmfestivalen 2019

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

MainPosted by Martin 2019-02-13 18:54:44

Metachivalry by Terry Gilliam | 132min | ESP, BEL, POR, FRA

Absurd, yet rooted in reality, Gilliam finally, after 25 years, manage to wrap up the old classic. Witty and clever, with parallels to the past and the present, in a brilliant nod to the original novel. It's just the right amount of meta. Adam Driver is surprisingly well-cast as Not-Really_Sancho Panza, but the shining star is undoubtedly Jonathan Pryce.

5 giant hands of 6

High Life

MainPosted by Martin 2019-02-13 18:53:09

Spacenativity by Claire Denis | 110min | Tyskland, Frankrike, Storbritannien, Polen, USA

Visually it's a masterpiece. Narratively, it's at best a little contrived, but mostly confusing. Actorwise, it ranges from passable to Troll 2. I don't know if Jessie Ross is someone's daughter/niece or if her atrocious acting is on purpose, but if so: why? Which is the word that kind of sums up this pretentious mish-mash.

2 sexbooths of 6

Christian IV

MainPosted by Martin 2019-02-04 00:46:58

Coachmovie by Kasper Kalle | 90min | Danmark

Bottle episode AND costume drama AND multi-timeline storytelling in one film? Can it be done?

Of course it can, else I wouldn't have asked. Using competent actors, well adjusted script and Highlander level editing, Kalle makes a dying king's last coach ride back to his castle a thrilling tale.

5 padawan braids of 6

Winter Flies

MainPosted by Martin 2019-02-04 00:46:04

Roadfibmovie by Olmo Omerzu | 82min | Tjeckien, Slovakien, Polen, Slovenien

Mildly amusing throughout, with a few intense, but not out-of-place scenes. Decent.

3 audis of 6


MainPosted by Martin 2019-02-04 00:45:20

Khmerodrama by Denis Do | 87min | BEL, CAM, FRA, LUX

While the backgrounds are visually stunning, the main animation could be better. Story-wise, it's touching and emotionally horrific, as would be expected, given the heavy subject: The Khmer Rouge treatment of the Cambodian people and families being torn apart.

4 straight lines of rice of 6

Black is Beltza

MainPosted by Martin 2019-02-04 00:44:13

Revolutionresumé by Fermin Muguruza | 87min | Spa

Good music (which is to be expected in a film depicting the various revolutions and human rights movements of the mid-to-late 1960's), nice animation (reminiscent of the Franco-Belgian style) and well thought-out story contribute to the best Basque animated feature of the year. Extra plus for the belly dancing scene, which brilliantly juxtaposes human desire with the philosophy of revolution. It loses momentum sometimes, and at times the story is a bit contrived.

4 trumpets of 6

Cities of Last Things

MainPosted by Martin 2019-02-04 00:42:19

Timecrimetime by Wi Ding Ho | 107min | Taiwan, CHN, USA, FRA

In the not too distant future, automation, rejuvenation and digitalisation has been developed further. Human relations are still as important as today, and betrayal hurts no matter what era. We follow the main character in three different ages of his life, chronologically reversed. The first third, when he's older, is by far the best, and promises some interesting things to come. Unfortunately they don't, and the next third is less rewarding than the last. Not bad, just a bit disappointing.

3 scooters of 6

Muere, monstruo, muere

MainPosted by Martin 2019-02-04 00:41:15

Splatterdrama by Alejandro Fadel | 110min | Argentina

It was promised as an extreme monsterslasher. It's not. It starts with a slit throat, and intermittently some gore occurs, but that's it, splatter-wise.
Towards the end we get to see the admittedly grotesque monster in full view. Grotesque, yes, but hardly believable as an effective killer machine. It's basically a phallic and vaginal manatee, and just as graceful on land. The vast majority of the time it's just objectively ugly people not really talking or emoting. Yawn.

1 motocross bike of 6

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