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  1. Renton47's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

    I have a friend who refuses to apologise for drunken antics, saying we get a truer/bigger expression of who he is. I fear this has a startling impact on this film, a barely-contained excoriation of suburban values which quickly erases a thin veneer that masks the difference between content and hatred. Indeed it's big, maybe broad, and shocking, hard to believe from its time and place.

  2. jonijtr's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

    why the hell i hated this one at the first time

  3. Royce Jr.'s rating of the film Bigger Than Life

  4. Matthew Martens's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

    A drug that breaks the looking glass and reveals the shabby inanity of the world in which one's spent a whole life? Someone fill that poor man with morphine and turn up the television! A churningly strange film, strikingly erratic both morally and visually, lurid and vapid in turns, Bigger Than Life is above all a teetering tour de force for Mason, perfect in his role precisely because he seems so wrong for it.

  5. Eric Eidelstein's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

  6. Vincent T's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

    rated from memory. Needs a re-watch.

  7. Adam Whybray's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

    DeLuxe Color CinemaScope *is* Bigger Than Life!!! The mangled script just adds to the vivid Americana suburban Hellscape more convincingly realised here (in my humble opinion) than in Lynch's 'Blue Velvet'. "GOD WAS WRONG!"

  8. The Mayor Of Hell's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

    So cortisone turned james mason into a nazi? Or maybe he was always like that, we don't really get to see much of him before he starts gulping pulls down his throat. Has there been a more honest film about pharmaceutical drug abuse since this movie? It seems like it's a taboo subject even now. A incredibly powerful film now as I'm sure it must have been then. And was that suppose to be a "happy ending"?

  9. FISCHER's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

    Heureux avec sa femme Lou et leur fils Richie, l'instituteur Ed Avery est victime d'une grave attaque cardiaque. Son seul espoir d'échapper à la mort est un nouveau médicament appelé "cortisone". Hélas, les effets secondaires de ce remède considéré comme miraculeux, le rendent particulièrement agressif, égoïste, voire violent, envers son entourage ..... REMARQUABLE ! www.cinefiches.com

  10. alice's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

    Trascinante crescendo drammatico, colori sontuosi, sapiente uso di luci e soprattutto ombre. Ipnotica Barbara Rush.

  11. Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

    Sporadically great, Ray's film looks for a constant balance in terms of the symbolism it tries to convey. Sometimes it gets painfully obvious and sometimes it is unnecessarily ambiguous. Concurrently, it's a melodrama shot as a horror film. Bigger Than Life tries to be too many things at once. When it succeeds, it soars... but often times it doesn't. Still, it inspired two masterpieces: The Shining and Vertigo.

  12. Stevie's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

    Ray has to be about the best at crafting seemingly happy endings, possibly imposed on him by the studios, that actually seem intensely disturbing when fully considered. Another gem from perhaps the most important American filmmaker of his generation.

  13. Mindaugas Foksa's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

    This dark tale from 1950's is ahead of it's time. Depicting madness created by the legal drugs, as if those horrible SSRI's and other crap were already present then. Fuck you Big Pharma!

  14. Ethan's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

    James Mason gives a powerhouse performance in this scathing film from Nicholas Ray. Mason is intense as an over the counter drug addict. True filmmaking, you don't know what to expect when you watch this film.

  15. Dalibor's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

    Resolving one family's struggle around capital options of life-changing survival or inevitable death in such a trivial manner seems more like a pun on the viewer then something a credible director might actually come up with... And all at the cost of building up tension through the whole thing giving it certain cold Stephen-King-ish aura, seeming it could deliver a whole lot more.

  16. clara m's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

  17. Andrew Miller's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

    Mason isn't quite convincing as an American suburbanite, but that's precisely why he's perfect for the role.

  18. RoRoRoro's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

  19. ari_jay's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

    I always love settling into the vivid color & squeaky clean fundamentals of films from 1950's — and this one satisfied. While Cortisone seemed like a silly choice for the metaphor (and foreshadowing) of prescription drug addiction, the film still works; all characters stealing my sympathies and remaining thoughtful, dimensional centerpieces — not just 50's cutouts. Plus, aspiring DPs will will drool to these shadows!

  20. Dignan's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

    - "...What'll you give him instead cortisone?" -"There's no instead, Lou. Cortisone again...That needs faith. Do you've faith?"

  21. A47's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

    “Three R’s? That’s just a catch phrase. Before it’s too late we ought to get back to the real fundamentals, and I’m not just talking of primary education now. We are breeding a race of moral midgets. All this hogwash about self expression, permissiveness, development patterns, emotional security. Security, with the world ready to blow up!” Sweet, sweet mania. This is like Sirk on meth. And I love it...

  22. Dan Roy's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

    Prepare to get kicked in the chest, this movie is incredible

  23. T. J. Mesen's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

    What mastery Ray had for capturing ideas into single frames. A full-shot of a table at diner time; a false mask for a broken down household. An over-the-shoulder shot on a mirror; showing an individual's interior wounds. A shadow created and enlarged by a low-angle shot; expressing horror in the quotidian. A masterpiece.

  24. Stian Gledje Bekkvik's rating of the film Bigger Than Life

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