Still one of the supreme Saturday matinee entertainments. I've seen this film more times than I can count and find it a vividly colorful joy. The visuals by Harryhausen are among his most iconic and the film still casts a spell among many of it's special effects set-pieces. From the island of Talos to the hissing hydra and the skeleton soldier finale. This is a great entertainment for kids and kids at heart.
Polanski became synonymous with what we describe as the "Horror of Apartments" sub-sub-Genre when he made 'Repulsion', 'Rosemary's Baby' and 'The Tenant' (his trilogy of the terror that comes psychologically in Apartment settings). With Repulsion Polanski crafts a tightly wound spiraling decent into madness as Deneuve gives one of her striking performances. The film is terrifying, plain and simple. You will jump.
Fincher's darker and more ferocious version of Larson's internationally devoured narrative is a wicked spell of a movie. Precisely constructed and ultimately different in pacing and tone than the original Swedish language version. Though they can't be compared as both films are great yet overly long in their own way I would choose Fincher's beautifully colder and luminously bleaker version.
By far my favorite Corman film and certainly one of the best macabre performances by one of my favorite actors, the devilishly campy and gentlemanly Vincent Price. The film is certainly the biggest of the Poe adaptations Corman tackled and the set design and color photography (DP Nicolas Roeg became a director of stature himself) have stayed with me. The imagery may look cheap by today's standards but it holds up.
Another one of those films people brush off too easily. An all encompassing crime epic with Ridley Scott's usual ease of technique and pacing. Few filmmakers can establish a time and place with such technical prowess. Brings together an ensemble narrative with two powerhouse movie stars in a great gritty gangster period piece. The director's cut is almost a Sir Ridley masterpiece and definitely worth seeing.
Thought I would include this as a pic for the filmography section. Nothing better suited for New Years eve/day then Sjostrom's The Phantom Carriage in which the last person to die before midnight on New Years Eve must take up the reigns as the Grim Reaper. Haunting silent imagery and a film most accredited to Bergman's career influence. If you ever catch it I can guarantee you will see some beautiful haunting things.
Joyously nostalgic and playful. I could not believe the energy of this film and it's power to win over audiences who are too quick to brush off silent film or Black and White photography. This movie a dream come true and filled with exuberance and heart with two performances that knock your socks off with barely a sound from either. I'm a lover of classical Hollywood structure. Chokes me up in the best possible way.
Honestly, for me this is one of the those underrated gems. A movie that encapsulates a decade without making it satirical or ironic. It lives for the moment and is a better film than the sum of it's parts which sound like a conventional teen comedy. Reminiscent of Linklater's "Dazed and Confused" in where it romanticizes a decade of awkward coming of age transitions. Most people pass it by but this one stays with me.
Quintessential 'Desert Island' movie for me. Not a wasted frame with classic cinematography, intriguing score and international cast. A truly unique film experience with it's post-war locales and of course Orson Welles as the most intelligently charming scoundrel in film history. Carol Reed crafted one of the best movies ever made as if all the stars aligned. Perfection.
Seen it countless times and where I was once apprehensive and uneasy to it's effect on me I am now in awe of each sequence and this film ranks as one of my favorites. The technicolor photography on the new prints is close to jaw-dropping.
Tommy Lee Jones crafted a great genre picture. Incorporating the sensibilities of modern concerns such as border control and the war in the Middle East the film easily transcends all current media stories and becomes really just a great classic Western.
In the scheme of things it's probably the most influential film of the last fifty years. It created my love of movies as I'm sure it did for an insurmountable amount of others around the world time and again.
High consideration as Fincher's best film to date. Slick, smooth directing from a truly great digital age director. The use of visual effects and realistic settings is almost undeniable. The film holds the same elaborate labyrinth style narrative as I'm sure the real investigation would have had on the actual persons involved. A tremendously haunting ending to a great film.
Great late night 'B' gem with an excellent use of stark black and white photography. You almost feel the sweat off the screen from the heat and dust of it's parched locale. A truly sadistic villain in the rather odd career of Arch Hall Jr. Though the film is small and delegated to the second half of a thriller themed double bill it some how stays with you with it's blunt examination of social repression.
Recently watched it again and I absolutely lose myself. Given how absurd the climax of the film is I still revel in its color, decor and acting. Great overlooked film with a final ending not as happy as it seems at first glance.