**1/2 Average film Noir. A disappointment considering the big time people who worked on it: John Brahm directed and Raymond Chandler signed the screenplay.
***1/2 Rather obscure Film Noir with a great Russian roulette scene. Strange locations such as Dick Powell's trailer and strange characters such as the kleptomaniac Jean Porter and the alcoholic Richard Erdman. Recommended.
First Film Noir starring Charlton Heston. Incredible how Dieterle's touch is palpable here. His taste for psychoanalysis can be felt through the whole film. Highly recommended.
Extraordinary performance of the whole cast. It's a Hollywood psychodrama yes but Kirk Douglas and Eleanor Parker transcend their characters. Masterpiece.
Average but I liked Sean Connery's laconic remarks to Wesley Snipes and the Japanese codes.
Highly recommended. Film Noir that forecasts the Godfather saga. Loosely based on Bugsy Siegel's love story with Virginia Hill. With Joan Crawford and Tim Robbins's look-alike, David Brian.
***1/2 Recommended because of the idea of starring three smart blondes in an apartment and a big mean wolf – Raymond Burr – prowling around them.
***1/2 Tense B movie without any dead time. 67 minutes of adrenaline. Recommended.
Highly recommended because of Vidor's brilliant mise-en-scene and Bette Davis's performance. Nearly a masterpiece.
Highly recommended. John Alton's photography, George Murphy's death, the shifting sands.
***1/2 Recommended but I'm not sure it's really a Film Noir. Maybe, maybe not.
A little pearl to rediscover. Film noir in suburban Los Angeles. Loretta Young's performance is remarkable. Highly recommended.
Highly recommended. Kirk Douglas as Midge Kelly who, uneducated and poor, forced his way to boxing world championship thanks to his thirst for social recognition.
Lancaster, De Carlo and Duryea in the best movie of the German born director. Masterpiece. Yes.
A film with John Denver's Country Roads as musical score deserves 3 stars at the least. I also enjoyed the Pennsylvania countryside and the Amishes. Good documentary but nobody spoke about the cows. They looked very sad.
**1/2 A movie that didn’t age well in my opinion. Barbara Stanwyck becomes a murderer because she loves too much her husband. Sad. A few interesting scenes about American bourgeoisie in the suburbs though.
Highly recommended. Paris’s suburbs, Marie Rivière, bleak, superb first movie.
Highly recommended because of its atmosphere, violent and poetic.
In my opinion, a masterpiece that should be rediscovered. One of the toughest insane killers of Movie History, a corrupted heroin in love with money and ready to do anything. Film Noir at its best.
According to me, a step back after the achievements of HARD EIGHT and BOOGIE NIGHTS. Thee hours of depressing stories about people who fake or who don't know how to handle their guilt feelings, about characters dying, vomiting and doomed. Paul Thomas Anderson passes with relative success the Bergman obstacle. I just wished it were in b & w.
Weak melodrama about a poor young man killing a priest. Naturally, he’s tortured by his bad conscience.
I don’t understand why this film has a so wide popular support. I personally found it very outdated. For completists only.
One of these movies that I discovered on TV when I was a teenager and that made me love cinema. Tough, direct, with scenes of anthology. Masterpiece.
Skilfully executed, THE KITE RUNNER is maybe the sole classical movie shot by Marc Forster until now. No high speed editing here, no temporal skids or puzzles. The film plays on simple emotions. And it works. Highly recommended. Filmed on location in China.
Fascism seen and felt from the inside. There is only a thin line separating ordinary people and ordinary monsters. Great scene: the camera is searching for Antonin Brtko's face in Rozalie Lautmann's shop, circular travellings that stop several times on Antonin who's trying to avoid the objective, to avoid us, to avoid the voice of his conscience. Highly recommended.
Well, it seems that we are not so many to have loved this film. Too bad because tomorrow will be merciful to us. Richard Kelly is an UFO in the sad Hollywood sky, his screenplays reflect the anxieties of an artist in front of the world he lives in. His vision is smart, coherent and, most of all, bitter. Masterpiece.
****1/2. Scenes that belong to Movie History: the first five minutes in the printing-house, the murder of Dr. Kramm, the car chase in the forest, every scene played by Rudolf Klein-Rogge and Otto Wernicke. Indispensable.
One year after HARD EIGHT, Paul Thomas Anderson tells us once again the story of a dysfunctional family. Burt Reynolds and Julianne Moore are mothering a bunch of irresponsible children trying to become adults. I loved this porno-epic covering six or seven years. Little masterpiece.
Based on Emile Zola novel. Gloria Grahame is as always brilliant but the film is a disappointment. Really.