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Christmas Vacation Movie Watching Extravaganza, part 2

Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present(2012): Fascinating, inspirational, challenging, beautiful, touching. This wonderful documentary pretty much changed my view on performance art and reminded me of how much I love art in general. One of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen. 10/10

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Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva(2009): After having actually played the games this movie gave me so much more. The overly complicated plot and scarce character and setting introductions are limiting for viewers unfamiliar with the franchise, but everyone can enjoy the beautiful animation and inventive puzzles. For fans like me, it’s an unmissable treat. 7/10

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Night and Fog(1955): A difficult and unforgettable watching experience about the horrendous deeds humans are capable of in the sight of war. Nevertheless, it’s absolutely necessary that it exists and people watch it. Not because of shock value, but for the tiniest possibility that someday we might learn from it. 9/10

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The Five-Year Engagement(2012): It’s official now: the romantic comedies of Judd Apatow(either directed, written or produced by) are my favourite kind of the genre. This one is not only believable, but also funny, immensely likeable and superbly acted. The only downside is that this movie makes me depressed for not having someone lovely and kind to get married to. 8/10

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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry(2012): An engaging and humane biography of an artist and his political activism. An important reminder that step by step, little by little, things can be changed through art and the freedom of expression and ideas. 7/10

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A Single Man(2009): Oh man, this was just the perfect movie for me. Colin Firth in the titular role is phenomenally good in making the viewer both wallow in beautiful sadness and make them appreciate the small happy moments. Add to that some of the best colour designing and character chemistry I’ve seen in a long while and you have an instant entry to my list of favourite movies. 10/10

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Holy Motors(2012): I honestly had no idea what was going during the entire running time, but nonetheless I found this balls-to-the-wall cinematic experiment to be unforgettable in all of its glorious unpredictability. It’s confusing and perhaps even a little frustrating, but not for one second was I bored or uninterested. One of the most original films I’ve ever seen. 8/10

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Babycall(2011): I was expecting to be frightened by this movie, but it gave me a slow, subtle mindfuck instead. Noomi Rapace is superb as the distressed mother and the quietly disturbing mood never lets go of you. An interesting thriller for those who have grown tired of jump scares. 7/10

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The Raid Redemption(2011): This movie was FRIGGIN’ AWESOME. The plot is nothing extraordinary, but the action scenes are pure, unadulterated entertainment. If you’re tired of generic Hollywood action pieces, be sure to check this out. 8/10

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Transamerica(2005): A wonderful little indie comedy that makes all the right jokes about transsexualism. And by right I mean not necessarily making you roar with laughter, but being genuinely insightful and non-degrading. Felicity Huffman’s performance alone makes this worth watching. 7/10

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