Een vlucht regenwulpen (1981)

»Are you happy?«
»Well,what’s happy?«
»You see, you’re not happy either.«

The thunder and lightning horror intro is followed by ominous dream messages to a 34 year old, birdwatching, mother-dependent, nerdy professor – lonely since childhood – trying to overcome his insecurities towards women. A story of self-introspection, memories, gender clichés, grapes, asexual reproduction, and rebellion against conservative religion. But what about old schoolmate Martha and her sister?

A rather sad comedy with awkward acting, clumsy philosophy, and predictable ending. Partly interesting concept, but probably not in my book of overdue virginity.

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backtrack; Ghostbusters (1984)


An eccentric bunch of scientists take on a spooky invasion in this over-the-top supernatural comedy, containing overwhelming amounts of grotesque ghostliness.

Expensive and funny. In my book of »relaxed insanity« – and marshmallows!

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backtrack; Beverly Hills cop (1984)


I’ve seldom – if ever – seen Eddie Murphy better than as Axel Foley, the fast-talking, smart-alecky, rule-ignoring, ever-irritating Detroit cop mocking LA shallowness.

This is one of the movies that define the eighties. In my book of dated fun, though with an unpalatable amount of killings.

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Tchao pantin (1983)

– Of course I have plans. Don’t you?
– Not anymore.

Responsibility, stubbornness, prestige. Son without father meets father without son in a story revolving around the unreflective eagerness of youth, the hardened resignation of age, and the cynicism of both. An unexpected, tentative friendship tries to bridge the generation gap while characters cope with troubled lives as best as they can.

– Who do you fuck?
– Myself.

Dubious from a gender perspective and with a rather non-innovative revenge ending. Still maybe in my book of torn, guilt-ridden, disillusioned losers.

– Don’t be in a hurry to die.

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It’s official (sort of)!


The new edition is here, according to

Ida (2013)
Under the Skin (2013)
Citizenfour (2014)
Левиафан [Leviathan] (2014)
Boyhood (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Birdman (2014)
Whiplash (2014)
Theory of Everything (2014)
Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (2007)
Gomorra (2008)
Das weiße Band – Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)
Tree of Life (2011)
Le gamin au vélo (2011)
Blancanieves (2012)
American Hustle (2013)
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Nebraska (2013)
天注定 [A touch of sin] (2013)

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backtrack; This is Spinal Tap (1984)


This legendary rock mockumentary is occasionally rather hilarious, but considering the immense hype I had actually expected something even funnier.

Lots of detail though, and very nicely produced. Probably in my book of parodic metal.

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backtrack; A nightmare on Elm Street (1984)


Don’t fall asleep! Director Wes Craven’s first mainstream megahit is a supernatural teen slasher where innocent children pay in buckets of blood for the dubious deeds of their parents. The question is: What is real?

Often stupid, clumsy, and amateurish – yet playful and still quite disturbing in several ways. In my low-budget book of dreams come true.

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