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Nebraska (2013)
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An old man, an alcoholic most of his life, has just found a lottery ticket in his mail. He has won a million dollars! He must travel to Nebraska to get it, a couple of states away from his house. He can't drive anymore so he decides to walk. Luckily his son picks him up and they are on to a trip, visiting his childhood city along the way. A town filled with family, old friends and enemies.

Poignant, character-driven film with gorgeous cinematography. Very touching movie with some funny scenes too - it's never a dull moment here. The amazing soundtrack lifts this film even further for me. Lovely shot - why black and white? I don't know, it's fitting, but I don't think colors would kill the vibe, really.

Incredible performances, Bruce Dern as the father and Will Forte as the son especially, June Squibb as the mother is the funniest here, while Stacy Keach is a nice addition too. Angela McEwan delivers as Peg - she started her career as an actor at the age of 70 or so, that's way cool. Speaking of age and acting - it's many elder actors here, some of them big in the old days - now doing something looking like a comeback.

Payne's best film for me, and I enjoyed "Sideways" a lot and found "The Descendants" pretty good too. A beautiful, beautiful film among the best ones of 2013 - a very strong movie year.

9 out of 10 compressors.

Ixcanul (2016)
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Real and tragic film about a young girl involved in an arranged marriage. She lives in a small place in Guatemala, near an active volcano, where most people are in the coffee bean business. She is in love with a fella and get's pregnant - a big problem when you are about to marry some other, older dude.

It looks good, almost like a documentary at times, nice acting is to blame for this. A great story, with sick traditions and believings in focus and it's lifted with a superb and dramatic last 30 minutes - that added a lot to the film.

7.5 out of 10 bricks.

Attack of the Killer Donuts
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Well, the title says it all - donuts killing people. That's hillarious. Some looser fella, living at home with his mom, with a lousy job at a shabby donut shop and a "girl" that takes his few earnings, is our protagonist here. His uncle has made some gooey green stuff making living things go crazy. It turns out donuts go crazy too after he mixes the stuff into the cooking oil.

We have the cops, we have the sidekicks, we have the homeless guy living in the shop, we got the good looking girls, the weird friends and some other characters here. This is a very solid B-movie. You know it won't be Oscar material, but you hope it's fun and worth your time. It sure was. Some great lines, nice characters, done perfectly stupid at times. There are few flat parts so you won't get bored. Great "bad film" for fans of the genre.

6 out of 10 donut teeth.

Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente)
4 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Based on diaries by scientists Theodor Koch-Grunberg and Richard Evan Schultes. Loved by critics and movie buffs. I've been wanting to see it for a long time, without really knowing much about it. The director Ciro Guerra has only made three films, with five years or so between them. The previous one was highly rated "Los viajes del viento". A beautiful film that failed to grip me - still I remember stills and moments from it.

EOTS has amazing shots - both of people and nature. Rightfully done in black and white.
Not easy to describe with words. But easy to figure as a film that will stay with you for a while. Like few other films, but "Aguirre, The Wrath of God" came to mind, as well as "The Salt of the Earth" - the last one just for it's shots and black and white color usage.

It has many strenghts, not only the visual, like the parallel stories, the goal of reaching something sacred and unknown, the historical aspect, the enormous cultural differences and also the pretty intense scenes that apperar every now and then. That's much more than I hoped for from a film I thought was "just" about visual beauty. Many great moments - loads of scenes that stand out. One of the biggest one was when I was hoping for a line in English - it came the same second. As the only uttered English words during the entire film. That's rad. The tribes are into extreme hallucinogens for ritual usage to open up for spirits of nature, knowledge of the jungle, the river and animals. Especially anacondas - the serpent.

Jan Bijvoet from one of my favorite films "Borgman" does another great job here. Two very different films, with very difficult roles. Other actors are mostly un-proffesional, accept from Brionne Davis.

It's like a documentary. It's like an adventure. It's like a thriller. It's pretty much a must see.

8.5 out of 10 Jesus frauds.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
4 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Wacky stuff from one of the big fantasy masters out there. Baron Munchausen was known for telling some pretty vivid stories, here some of them are put to screen the best way they can. We are taking trips to the moon, vivid battles with cannonballs and inside the belly of a big, ugly fish.

Amazingly creative film with loads of fun and many known faces in form. Uma Thurman's first apperance and a late Eric Idle apperance included. It's definitely not realistic, but wacky and impressive. It's a film where it's truly fitting to say: "It's not real - it's just a movie".

I suffered a bit from a festival hungover while watching it so my consentration could have been better - it's a rather long film, maybe a bit too long.

7.5 out of 10 Grim Reapers.