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JPFerguson

Film Freak - 569 Film Ratings

Member Since: Apr 26, 2020

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Age: 35

Bio: A score between 91 and 100 indicates a masterpiece. I'm Pinball_Lez on Twitter https://twitter.com/pinball_lez?lang=en
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90 91% The Party (1968) - Jan 16, 2021
"There seems to be no good reason for Sellers' character to be Indian and thus it ('brown face') is in bad taste. But putting that aside (I can only do this as I don't identify as Indian), this is a wonderful film. A highly satisfying combination of the restaurant party from 'Play Time', the house party from 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' and the final party from 'La Dolce Vita'. The pacing, humour and pathos are near-perfect. The world needs good guys like Hrundi, they bring the best out of people."
80 78% Guns of the Trees (1961) - Jan 16, 2021
"My first Mekas film. The longer I watched this, the more I liked it, I just needed to sync with Mekas' rhythm. A visual-auditory Beatnik poem; mourning the past and what is to come. A portrayal of life at the time from the perspective of Greenwich Village. The influence of this film on the development of American cinema is clear (Mekas himself is drawing on Cassavetes' 'Shadows', Carruthers appears in both) as is its role in shaping Beatnik culture (in particular of the moving-image form)."
25 4% Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) - Jan 15, 2021
"This is a mostly ridiculous film, in a a bad way, I'd even go so far as to say stupid. Clearly Sellers had too much creative control on this occasion; way too many bad ideas made it through to the final cut. It's the opposite of 'The Pink Panther' in that every time Sellers is on screen he puts a dampener on proceedings. But there are some highlights, the 'Le Club Foot' scene and Dyan Cannon's portrayal of Simone Legree (she makes everyone else look second rate)."
50 23% The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) - Jan 14, 2021
"Maybe it's just because of the quintessential 70s look, which I very much like, that I enjoyed this more than both 'The Pink Panther' and 'A Shot in the Dark'. It's a fun ride and much better paced than those two films, with fewer moments that drag and bore the viewer (in fact none at all). I prefer Plummer as Lytton, as much as I like David Niven, as he's so delightfully suave in everything he does. However, Lom is still annoying as Inspector Dreyfus, in my opinion an unnecessary caricature."
45 17% A Shot in the Dark (1964) - Jan 13, 2021
"Slightly funnier than 'The Pink Panther', entirely due to the greater presence of Sellers as Clouseau (his repeatedly getting arrested did make me laugh). But still a slow and boring film in parts, and often relying on cheap jokes to get a laugh (the nudist colony sequence is an example). Elke Sommer as Maria Gambrelli is very cute, but Henry Lom as the long-suffering Commissioner Dreyfus is just annoying."
40 12% The Pink Panther (1963) - Jan 12, 2021
"Not sufficiently funny for my liking. Makes for very laborious viewing for anyone watching, with minimal pay off. The exception is Sellers as Clouseau; I just kept waiting for him to appear on screen and inject some entertainment into proceedings."
65 48% Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960) - Jan 11, 2021
"A simple story but very well written, directed and executed, due to the superb performances by Day (she really is excellent in this), Niven and Paige, not to mention all the bit players (including Len 'Uncle Leo' Lesser in an uncredited role as a waiter at Sardi's). A much more complex and poignant film than first meets the eye. It's neither screwball or musical and is not a combination of these either, rather it is a very unique 'family film'."
35 9% The Bishop's Wife (1947) - Jan 09, 2021
"I'm with Bishop Brougham, this Dudley fellow is the Devil incarnate, a duplicitous know-it-all. My issue with this film is that when Brougham is supposed to be in the wrong, I think he is in he right, and the complete opposite for Dudley, which I don't think is the intention of Koster. Niven is much more likeable than Grant in this movie (again, likely not Koster's intent). But the special effects are cool and the chair scene is pretty funny."
40 12% Enchantment (1948) - Jan 08, 2021
"Wow, Selina is a bitch! A story of a kind of incestual love (not biological but rather social) that was never to be due to personal hang-ups. The writing is perfectly fine as are the performances, but it lacks the necessary depth (emotional, intellectual etc.) to really make the viewer care about any of the characters. Grizel chasing Pax as London is bombed is the only part of the film that really grabs your attention, and it is spectacular."
0% Wine Country (2019) - Jan 07, 2021
"Offers me absolutely nothing. No redeeming features at all. Do not watch. Perhaps I am not the target audience, but even so there is no excuse for such bad film making."