“In America” by Gavin Friday, Maurice Seezer

Are you in for some good ol’ crying time? Well then let me point you over to one of the most heart-warming, beautiful and adorable little films I’ve ever seen in my life: Jim Sheridan’s semi-autobiographical fairy-tale from across the pond, In America. This highly underrated 2002 gem tells the writer-director’s (partly dramatized, to some extent) life story through the eyes of his own daughters. And I must warn you right away: If you don’t have kids yet, you most definitely will want to have some after this film. The two main actors, real life sisters Sarah and Emma Bolger, carry…

“Stranger Things: Season Two” by Kyle Dixon, Michael Stein, Various Artists

If you’re following my facebook channel you may have already seen a lot of these covers. It was at the end of August when Netflix began to put out weekly Stranger Things tribute posters, each one resembling a famous movie from the past. Back then I was working on a new, massive sci-fi project and I felt a little exhausted designing inserts, back covers and disc labels. Any distraction felt like a welcome change. So I began to turn those posters into square album covers, if only to take a little breath. Though I didn’t realize the new heights this…

“Take Shelter” by David Wingo

Jeff Nichols’ magnificent psychological drama Take Shelter really caught me off guard. It’s one of those films that captivates you from the very first scene. The story starts with little exposition and you’re thrown into a situation you don’t really understand (just like the main protagonist). As more time passes by, things become more and more difficult. He who tries to solve unearthly problems with rational thinking, is heading for disaster – in the most literal way. It’s a true gem of a film, one that left me speechless while I tried to process the unrelenting downward spiral that I’ve just witnessed. And…

“The Host” by Byeongwoo Lee

There was a time in the early 2000’s when I was particularly keen on Asian horror flicks. It all started with  – I kid you not – a selfmade, unlabeled copy of Ju-On: The Grudge that a friend brought along. We’ve watched it late at night on my shitty telly, knowing nothing at all about it. And it totally caught us off guard and terrified us down to the bones. After that intense experience I craved for more. I’ve hunted down a whole bunch of films, such as the original Ringu, Uzumaki, Pulse (Kairo) or the episodic Three… Extremes. They were…