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Cinema Addict - 2053 Films Ranked
Member Since: Jun 13, 2008
Location: portland, oregon, USA
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90 T9 Corps à coeur (1979) - Jul 24, 2014
"Seriously why isn't this Vecchiali guy more well known? This is lot more tonally consistent and less relentlessly theatrical than Femmes Femmes and therefor all-around easier to watch, and pretty much just amazing. The last half hour may be a bit muddled, but as a whole it's one of the best critiques of male romantic egotism ever, stylistically somewhere between Rohmer and '80s Godard. "
40 T4 Sexy Beast (2001) - Jul 23, 2014
"(Rewatch) Well this isn't nearly as bad as i remember it, but it's still easily Glazer's least accomplished film, mostly because he hasn't seemed to have grown out his music video/advertisement tendencies. The film is stylish, but not in the way his later films are (there's only the barest trace of the Kubrick fixation here). Instead what you have is basically an artier Guy Ritchie movie. Kingsley's part is pretty impressive and entertaining enough, but the whole heist bit is pretty useless."
69 T7 Bad Education (2004) - Jul 23, 2014
"Probably Almodovar's most narratively complex and certainly darkest and most serious film. Unfortunately "dark" and "serious" aren't necessarily what i love about Almodovar, so i miss a lot of the campy humor from his earlier films. That said, it's still beautifully shot as always, and the nesting doll-like nonlinear narrative is almost Egoyan-esque in it's density. It's also intertextual enough to show Almodovar's postmodern side, as well as being a good showcase for his love of melodrama."
35 T4 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) - Jul 22, 2014
"I basically only watched this to see if Burton could completely ruin Sondheim's genius with his usual cartoon-y pseudo-goth bullshit. The answer is, of course, pretty much, yes. That said, the source material still pretty guarantees that this is the best Burton movie (not exactly saying much), and a surprisingly violent one, even if he seems to forget that it's kind of supposed to be a comedy half of the time. I can only dream of what someone like Peter Greenaway could do with this..."
64 T7 Birth (2004) - Jul 22, 2014
"Jonathan Glazer really wants to be Kubrick, doesn't he? I do have to admit, after seeing this the arthouse aesthetics of Under the Skin are a lot less surprising, as the stylistic template was pretty much laid out here, albeit in a much less fully-realized form. The icy detachment that worked so perfectly in the latter film feels more arbitrary here, and well, cold (not unlike how i feel about Kubrick, actually). It actually not unlike a companion piece to Todd Hayne's Safe as much as anything."
31 T4 Streeters (2001) - Jul 19, 2014
"Pointless glue-sniffing miserablism with obligatory oversaturated handheld cinematography, so yeah, of course i liked this when i was younger. Even then, i don't think this ever left that much of an impression on me, even if i do rather unfortunately own the dvd."
93 T10 L'oeil qui ment (1993) - Jul 18, 2014
"Typical Ruiz-ian weirdness. Not one of his most visually exceptional films, but definitely one of his funniest and most accessible."
29 T3 Fall (1997) - Jul 17, 2014
"If Pauly Shore had the egoism of Vincent Gallo, the oblivious privilege of Woody Allen, the Hallmark card sentimentality of Zach Braff, and the aesthetic sensibility of all generic Gen X romantic comedies, that's basically what Eric Schaeffer reminds me of. Needless to say, i kind of want to punch this guy in the face. So why don't i give this a lower score? Because, not unlike the improbable attraction the supermodel in this movie feels toward his character, it's douchiness is almost endearing."
87 T9 Mozart in Love (1975) - Jul 16, 2014
"Maybe not Rappaport's most accessible work (although to be fair, "accessible" is a very relative term in relation to Rappaport to begin with), but it might be his best looking at least. It's also the first time a Rappaport movie made me think of Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, for whatever that's worth. In any case obviously it's a lot better than Amadeus, so there's that. Also it has a cute little homage to Some Like It Hot..."
81 T9 Mur 19 (1966) - Jul 16, 2014
"Undeniably amateurish and sort of pretentious almost by default (i mean it is literally a student film) but still quite charming and impressive as only the unformed beginnings of a prodigiously talented filmmaker can be. Also it's sort of endearing to see Rappaport wearing his Nouvelle Vague influences so plainly on his sleeve at this early point in his career so to speak (plus the epilogue pretty much invents 90% of To the Wonder before Malick had even picked up a camera!)"