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Angst (international title: Fear, also known as Schizophrenia) is a psychological horror movie about a psychotic middle-aged man who, after having served 10 years in prison, again seeks to fulfil his compulsive and sadistic needs and invades a house to torture the inhabitants. The movie is exceptional because of its innovative camera techniques and the heavy use of interior monologue, that comments the character's actions in a clever way, referencing real-life serial killers. Thus, the audience shares the perspective of the psychopath, leading to a more tense, thrilling, and repulsive viewing experience than many other slasher or home invasion movies.
Full review on: http://movie-discourse.blogspot.com/2019/10/angst-at-1983.html?view=flipcard
Read the full review on my blog max4movies: Cam is a techno-horror movie about a young woman who finds herself unable to delete a fake account of herself on an online platform for sexual content. While this doesn't seem like a typical premise for a horror movie, the setting and the plot work well in depicting topical themes like identity theft and online harassment in a tangible and menacing way. The characterization of the antagonists and of the side characters might not be as convincing as the performance of the main actress, however, the movie is still a thrilling ride. Yet, as with most movies focusing on the technology of their time, Cam is best enjoyed now, as several scenes might be outdated fast.
Der Mondmann (2012) (international title: Moon Man) is based on the traditional children's story of the Moon Man visiting Earth and his misadventures to travel back to the moon. Although the movie is mainly targeted at a younger audience, more mature viewers will notice the many references in the movie and how it sensibly deals with topics like friendship, trust, and commitment. Production-wise the movie is made very competently with beautiful backgrounds, vibrant colors, and sharp contrasts. However, sometimes the pacing feels off and the movie features few elements that seem out of place in a typical children's movie (e.g., the romantic scene). Thus, the movie is generally entertaining, highly imaginative, and beautiful to look at – but could also use a slightly better focus. Read the full review on my blog: http://movie-discourse.blogspot.com/2019/09/der-mondmann-de-2012.html?view=flipcard
Full review on my blog max4movies: Kanashimi no Belladonna (international title: Belladonna of Sadness) is an experimental animation movie for an adult audience. Its plot focuses on Jeanne, a young and beautiful woman, who after being raped, has visions of the devil. It features extreme graphic content, like naked women, rape scenes, and an orgy with animals. This, alongside with Jeanne being mostly naked and the omnipresence of phallic imagery, will be appalling to some - although the movie never indulges in voyeuristic pleasures like other erotic movies. Still, the movie features undeniably beautiful images with a unique art style, ensuring that the colorful depictions of rape and torture not only fascinate but also highlight the rich underlying thematic concepts, like open sexuality, criticism against religion, and a social commentary about totalitarian regimes.
The Man Who Laughs is a drama about a man, Gwynplaine, who was disfigured in his childhood to have a perpetual smile on his face. The story is based on Victor Hugo's 1869 novel "L'Homme qui rit" and focuses on Gwynplaine as a young adult being torn between the love for his blind girlfriend Dea and the inheritance of his father, a member of the House of Lords. The performances are mostly great, and the set pieces are atmospheric, reminiscent of German expressionist movies, like Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari . However, many elements from the original story have been stripped away, like the political and philosophical notions regarding the power structures at the time, and the last act feels more like a run-of-the-mill adventure movie. Still, The Man Who Laughs is an interesting and worthwhile movie.
Full review: http://movie-discourse.blogspot.com/2019/07/the-man-who-laughs-us-1928.html?view=flipcard