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Movie: It Looks Pretty from a Distance (Anka Sasnal and Wilhelm Sasnal, Poland, 2011, 77 min.) imdb link

Date: Jan 30, 2012

Rating: ★★★½☆
(ehm.. wah? Fascinatingly weird and (un)eventful movie)

Plot: In a small village in Poland the locals live a very mediocre and cut-throat life. After dumping his mom in a care facility of sorts, one villager disappears and the village takes over his house.


Cast: Nothing special


Visuals: Some disturbing dreamy scenes, but maybe I was dozing off..


Conclusion: This movie is really fascinating: you don’t get a good grip on the story, you don’t connect with the characters, but it still kept me wanting to know how things develop. Why? I don’t know, just fascinated by the mediocre, uneventful drudgery of it all, mixed with some intense and almost useless aggressive moments. Weird..

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Movie: Tokyo Playboy Club (Yôsuke Okuda, Japan, 2011, 97 min.) imdb link

Date: Jan 30, 2012

Rating: ★★★½☆
(a nice little variant on the Yakuza movie genre)

Plot: The owner of a crappy club gets a visit from an old friend who needs a job. When another employee steals money from the club, things start to deteriorate.


Cast: The main character’s performance was true to the genre.


Visuals: Some fun scenes, liked the closing shot.


Conclusion: Nothing glamarous about the life of criminals. It’s a view of a very unglamarous life with lots of obligations and risks with an even worse return on investments.
Nothing new about the storyline, but still very interesting.

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Movie: Punk In Africa (Keith Jones and Deon Maas, South Africa, 2011, 82 min.) imdb link

Date: Jan 30, 2012

Rating: ★★★½☆
(nice rockumentary, wouldve like 2c more o/t 80s SA scene and more of the rest of Africa)

Plot: A documentary about the punk scene in Southern Africa, starting from the late seventies up till now.


Cast: Nothing special


Visuals: Your standard rockumentary visuals apply.


Conclusion: Still think they should call it “Punk In Southern Africa”. Wanted to experience more music from the other countries in the region; kinda wanted more punk too ;)

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Movie: Tatsumi (Eric Khoo, Japan, 2011, 98 min.) imdb link

Date: Jan 29, 2012

Rating: ★★★★★
(everything I love about Japanese animation)

Plot: A documentary about Japanese manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi who started a different and more serious form of manga for adults. The movie shows both parts of the artist’s past as well as some of his stories.


Cast: Nothing special


Visuals: Great animation, almost European style, but more vibrant and more human.


Conclusion: Yeah, exactly what I like: great stories, an insight into the creative process and, of course, animation. Full marks!

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