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Green Book
Green Book (2018)
15 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A bouncer-like Italian in New York is out of jobs. A nice, but simple fella and a true family man. He got a lovely wife and some kids and need a new steady income and luckily for Tony a very gifted pianist is in need of a tour driver.

Dr. Donald Shirley is quite the opposite. A loner, that's got a way with both words and manners as well as his piano skills. Back in the 1960's color was still a big matter in the US, and on this journey the two differently colored men get a taste of that.

This is a layered but extremely well directed and superbly written film. It's about differences, loneliness, hate, love, fried chicken, standing up for eachother and change, but most importantly it's about friendship.

It's cast is brilliant ant the performances are ace. This is a ride that never brings dull or unneeded moments and it's got that bright comedy tones all over and manage to never get silly or dumb. Sure, it's a bit oversentimental and easy to predict, but it works. Think of "The Intouchables" meeting "Driving Miss Daisy" or something. This is fun, this is safe, this is entertaining.

I don't get the hate here. Sure, it's a bit controversial with the racial matter stuff, but I find it both important and pretty believeable. One of the better Oscar winners or Oscar nominated films of the year for me. It caught my interest fast and kept me glued, with smiles, laughs and tears all over my face.

8.5 out of 10 gemstones.

High Plains Drifter
15 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A stranger comes to a small place called Lago. He kills three bad dudes in seconds while getting a shave and that makes people aware that they got a mighty man in town.

They could use him, as more bad fellas are possibly about to show up. Clint Eastwood as "The Stranger" got the entire populations by his hands. He will help them to get the bad guys, and in return he get's everything he wants. He gets cigars, whisky, leather boots and some women. The women is kind of raped, but he wins them over. He is the man. The man of few words, but big actions.

OK film. I believe it's the first time Clint Eastwood directed one of his Westerns where he did the lead himself. It got some classic Western moments, but also some more violent and brutal ones. That did not favor the film back in the day. Now it's pretty average when it comes to that matter.

It got some funnier parts that fail a bit but if you are up for classic Western, this is probably up your gate.

6.5 out of 10 gallons of red paint.

Holiday (2018)
15 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Some rich, mob-like Danish people are staying at a luxury apartment on the Turkish riviera. We mostly get to know Michael and Sascha. A classic druglord couple.

She is young and pretty. She is used to luxury but also beatings and abusive behavior from her man. He is at least 15 years older than her and has a explosive temper.

This film looks good. Some cool filming and crispy colors. OK music, OK performances and an OK production. It reminds me a bit of Ulrich Seidl, almost documentary-like. It's not the most entertaining film. It's not that raw, but it got moments that are unpleasant to watch. It's slow, but always interesting. The climax is great and the last scenes are very good.

Sad, provocative film, that never really nails it.

6 out of 10 blenders.

Peppermint Candy (Bakha satang)
15 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I recently saw Chang-dong Lee's "Beoning" - a remarkable film. I have also seen "Milyang" that's a solid piece and I have heard great things about "Oasiseu". I believe this is one of his lesser known films, even if the man only have done six.

A man kills himself. This is one of the first things that happen here. Then we see his life in a reverse linear narrative, divided into five pieces. Some stories are building on others, many of them of the first clip. We watch his growing struggles in a reverse order and it's a original and cool way of presentation.

It's a bit long and a bit flat at times, even if the violence are both rather raw and often appearing. The subtitles seem very weak and that might have killed a fair bit of this film. The shooting is nice and I like the train shots that we get between stories. OK acting and overall a cool production with some hights when it comes to scenes.
OK film, but nothing more.

6 out of 10 trains.

The Rider
The Rider (2018)
15 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

ChloĂ (C) Zhao is a new name for me and she does something with a huge possibility of failure. A cowboy film, sat in the modern times.

Brady Blackburn survived a massive head injury. The only thing he knows is to ride horses and enter rodeos, but he needs some time off to heal. He takes care of his sister with developmental disabilities and he tries to keep up his friendships. Most people he know are of his own kind. They now alot about horses, it's they're way of life.

This is a slow film that never let the viewer down. It's easy to hang on to, it got some great moments and hopes and downers come close. The acting is solid and the looks of it is all right. It's a sad, but very real story. I'm not a big fan of the cowboy culture, but this is a pleasant watch with a very genuine feel.

OK on many levels but I wanted even more, hearing so many good things about this film.

7 out of 10 saddles.