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Jens S.

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Anatomy 2 (Anatomie 2)
2 months ago via Flixster

The sequel to the pretty decent medicine thriller does not live up to the original film. It neither has a star like Franka Potente carrying the movie (although she does appear in a few scenes, which are easily among the better ones of the movie), nor the same spooky atmosphere. The acting ranges from hopelessly over the top to convincing, as far as that's possible considering the cardboard characters presented. The plot is pretty unrealistic, the soundtrack switches from wannabe John Williams score to techno rhythms and the directing is somewhat confusing too at times. What saves this movie from being a catastrophe is its fast pace and that it's not boring for a second. Still, pretty disappointing and easily forgotten.

Playing by Heart
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A pretty impressive late-90s cast assembles to depict a couple of aspects of love in Los Angeles. That's mildly entertaining and offers a decent surprise here or there, especially how all those characters are connected is as simple as puzzling in the end. Why there had to be two cases of "once bitten, twice shy" instead of maybe going a different direction with one of the two characters probably remains the creators' secret. Then-newcomer Angelina Jolie already acted with the confidence of a coming super star, though.

Atomic Blonde
Atomic Blonde (2017)
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Goddammit, why couldn't this film have a smarter, more surprising script? Because the execution, editing, fight choreography, cinematography and the usage of music is absolutely fantastic. The atmosphere also feels exactly like Berlin in the year 1989. Unfortunately, all scenes that don't have a really cool song in the background or aren't about people trying to kill each other are a tiny bit boring.

Stranger Than Fiction
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The premise of the book character who realizes that he is one and tries to fight his impending fate is fantastic, of course. For Ferrell's standards the humor is rather quiet and cautious and the balance of laughs and serious moments works too. It also helps that there are outstanding people in minor roles. Quite charming, smart and ultimately uplifting.

Dirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing (1987)
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I should hate this film because all the girls in my class were so crazy about it that they voted for it instead of Never Say Never Again on video night during a school ski trip.
Not sure I watched it ever since, but everything still felt oddly familiar. For some weird reason it still works as a film set in the 60s as well as a film made in the 80s, just like the great soundtrack simply covers both eras without addressing the paradox of songs showing up 20 years before they were written.
Long story short: for what it sets out to be, it pushes exactly the right buttons and there is nothing wrong with that.