Laughs and nostalgia intertwine beautifully in Wilder's explorations of American values and culture. Prostitution, pimping and wife swapping are decorously wrapped in a sweet and cunning manner. The viennese genius never ceases to amaze me.
Gene Tierney succeeds playing against character, substituting her angelic presence for a childish, treacherous and venomous femme fatale. Noir in blazing technicolor, beautifully shot.
Formulaic and predictable, but never an idiotic run-of-the-mill action movie of the week, a rather well written and correctly paced old school thriller similar to what Peter Yates, Don Siegel and Walter Hill did for the genre, unpretentious and solid entertainment.
Von Trier has never been my cup of tea, and here he is flexing his provocateur nature to the extreme. this vaguely reminded me of some psychosexual themes explored more succesfully by people like Bergman, Cronenberg or Zulawski, only that even the last two could rely a bit more on subtlety rather than plethoric violence. However a deceiving and demented film that provokes my guts and my curiosity is worth the time.
Antagonizing conceptions of life and death among criminals. An stylish and multi-layered examination of that moment of truth, of coming to terms with the vague but terrifying notion of parting this world. Fantastic performances by the leading triad. Probably Frears' best and most underrated cinematic venture.
B-movie heaven. An unjustly neglected revenge classic with a simple but compelling plot that sets up William Deveane and Tommy Lee Jones in low key, no nonsense performances, leading up to a bloodbath reminiscent of "The wild bunch". As gritty and heartbreaking as almost anything written by Paul Schrader.
Eastwood at his most nihilistic and vicious. He comes out like an avenging ghost, a supernatural gunfighter collecting the souls of coward men for his return to the underworld. A feeling accentuated by an eerie musical score and strange oniric passages. An extremely satisfying cross of between western and horror, well learnt craft from his masters Leone and Siegel.
Shameless and over stylized noir pastiche with a laughable comic book-over the top violence. Cliched and kind of idiotic but passable entertaiment due to its great cast.
An offbeat but unique take on the noir genre keys that might seem to go nowhere most of the time and yet brings some freshness and bravado.
Raimi's idiosyncratic sense of humor doesn't mesh quite well with L. Frank Baum's tale. Unnecesary long and visually unimpressive, still it manages to have some wit and heart.
pulpy, hip, clever, funny and endearing the way 90s cinema was.
Guinnes creates an ordinary man striving for a dream, a mad and illegal one, but a dream anyhow. Contagiously charming and funny.
Shameful attempt of a profound and intricate journey. Pretentious, preachy, reiterative, chaotic, anticlimactic. Much ado about nothing.
The wanderings of the wittiest eighteen century bastard-gentleman. An enormous Albert Finney and an equally great supporting cast give life to Tony Richardon's vivacious, rhythmic and cunning storytelling. Full of charm.
A charmless and far-fetched mess that brings down the raw, blue collar cop, fish out of the water, ordinary John McClane we all know and love to make him a laughable grandpa superhero with a witless son. John Moore is an absolute disgrace as a filmmaker, I wonder why he keeps getting decent jobs in the medium, his use of slow motion and zooms is irritating.
Tragicomic look at the trials and tribulations of love for young newlyweds. Poignancy and bitterness in constant balance.
Unable to cope with my mind's eye. A promising argument that goes nowhere.
Although not fresh nor impressive as his first two feature films, this is definitely a step forward from his previous self indulgent ww2 fiasco. Honoring blaxploitation and Spaghetti western in ultraviolent and darkly comedic fashion.
Although Dominik takes too much time setting up things and sometimes goes into visual and musical onanistic territories, the plot unravels and concludes in a very satisfactory way. it's been a long time since a stylish and hardcore neo noir came out. As cold as a razor blade.
Friedkin is back in full form. McConaughey is a real treat as a stone cold psycho. As perverse as funny, if you happen to enjoy a ride full of the most vile things imaginable done with brutal honesty but with a warped (and let's say "refreshing") sense of humor.
A rather odd big budget studio horror film made to cash-in the late 60s-70s satanic craze that produced a few masterpieces of the genre. Michael Winner's lack of subtlety condemns the film to look as a poor and shoddy attempt, despite an all star cast and an eerie premise.
One of Hammer Films' most accomplished works. An eerie and ambiguous psychological thriller that deals with some disturbing taboo themes inside a family. Filmed in a gloriously stark black and white, effortlessly attaining a claustrophobic, lurid and bleak atmosphere. My only regret is that the end seems watered down, just after reaching its real sense of menace.
Preposterous but considerably entertaining whodunit with hitchcockian overtones. Mostly ruined by its accommodative ending.
An underrated bittersweet comedy sparklingly written by the master of cynicism. Tailor made for the antics of the marvelous odd couple Matthau-Lemmon.
Uneven attempt to reach the level of unsettling paranoia and commentary on women's lib against conservative/intrusive community of "Rosemary's baby" (based on a novel by the same author).
Sam Mendes has done a Bondian psychoanalysis straight to the roots of the character and literally unfolds a "new testament" in Bond's canon. Bond dies, is pulverized, reinvented and reinvigorated once again by the hands of a vulnerable yet fierce and incredibly complex Daniel Craig.A brilliant nod to mastermind Fleming and to the franchise's glorious past,. as cool as it was fifty years ago.
Atmospherical and low key Val Lewton-esque thriller .
Pathos is the key for connection, humour and charm.
A misfire. emotionally and intellectually impregnable.
One of the most heartwrenching melodramas I've seen. I actually had to contain myself from shedding tears, witnessing the passion, intensity and beauty it exudes.