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Armilio

Film Freak - 700 Film Ratings

Member Since: Dec 21, 2014

Location: Milan, Italy

Bio: No conceit to have critical objectivity, here. Ranking are based on my own personal liking of a film.
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80 89% Miller's Crossing (1990) - Dec 07, 2016
"What hits the viewer here is not the mastermind character of Tom: we already saw masterminds, and masterminds in noir. It's how fresh sounds the citationism of this film: so noir, so classic, and so refreshing in its characters study, in its over-the-top scenes that never cross the line inside a parody for one seconds only, but actually are a parody. It's manneristic, yes, but without became heavy-handed. Simply classy crafting by the Coens, a showcase of talent."
85 94% Once Upon a Time in America (1984) - Dec 21, 2014
"When i think about epic story-telling, i think to Once Upon a Time in America together with very few other films. We feel nostalgy and melancholia because we can feel the passage of time, an accelerated look on a world in continuous changing that will leave us behind like an inappropriate tool, that destroy what we thought eternal. We really live few years of our life, passing the rest of the time remembering or exploiting or regretting these vital years, these few fundamental decisions."
80 89% eXistenZ (1999) - May 06, 2016
"What many people don't understand it's that the cheesy lines, the unlikely situations, it's because your are watching a twisted and self-ironic RPG game. It's Cronemberg, so it's not simply a film that play on virtual reality plot-twists, but on what define life, what makes us enjoy disconnect from reality and why we feel it like a taboo (see the asshole - bioport ref.), why we can't really disconnect from our eXistenZ even if we call it transCendenZ. The impotence of humans and cinema. "
65 44% Her (2013) - Dec 21, 2014
"Well, my review may start and end with only one adjective: "kawaii", or "pretty" if you prefer. Too much pretty for a film that try, sometimes, to be dystopic. And i'm not talking about the pastelly design that is great, but about a relationship between a human and an AI that not create nothing interesting except a likeable love-story, and end up saying a mommy "stop play videogames, go outside!". I understand the will of don't use "AI-humans" cliches, but the film lack of real conflicts."
55 17% Mommy (2014) - May 14, 2015
"It's like Boyhood. Few great ideas in a ocean of cliches (Oedipus? really?). But, more than anything else, there is the Dolan's style: naif; that doesn't leave you an emotional break until you feel 'Fremdschämen', with obsessive close-up; that always try too hard to involve you; that put pop music in the movie like a fastidious caption for retards. The 1:1 ratio it's a smart but overall annoying move. Or you love it or you hate it, and i hate it, Dolan is kitsch: excess without good taste. "
70 63% A Most Violent Year (2014) - May 21, 2015
"It's a better "American Hustle". A film about the illusions of the American Dream & Values, but this is not the best part. It's incredibly tense from start to finish, Morales always carry a burden, litterally: a bag of money, a contract, a baseball's mace, a gun. Well, not always, often, but i think it's a part of the costruction of suspense. Stylish directing, with a gorgeous images composition, some good ideas in the few action scenes, and a love for the '70s classics in the heart."
85 94% Bicycle Thieves (1948) - Dec 21, 2014
"Remember: this film, and neo-realism, start from a marxist point-of-view, opposed to the unrealistic fascist propaganda-movie where Italy laid for 20 years. Antonio is a proletarian, with even a sympathy for communism. So, all that journey throughout Rome is not useless, is a "society picture" of a post-war Italy. The end, is the cry of pain of the people. The guilty is the social injustice. I think that in the mind of De Sica, all this came first, above the eternal story of a father and a son. "
90 98% Seven Samurai (1954) - Dec 21, 2014
"The point where should start every director that want make an action/war/epic movie. A cornerstone in film history. It's all brilliant, but i think that the best thing is the perfect pacing: we have time to know people introduced to ourself, care about them, and then feeling sadness or happiness for them in the end. K. is like a farmer that let grow epicness before harvesting."