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|40 T2||Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) - Sep 15, 2016
"The series’ uniquely disquieting nature becomes lost amid all the uncharacteristic violence, nudity and bad language; this stark change of tone strips the film of the quaint, soapy quality that initially made Twin Peaks so singular, compelling and endearing. Also, Lynch predominantly depicts events that fans will already be familiar with and still ultimately leaves even more questions unanswered. Ray Wise is excellent all the same."
|100 T10||The Big Lebowski (1998) - Feb 06, 2014
"The Coens have made a truly unique movie with this darkly comedic, detective style noir set in early 90s California. In true Coen tradition, the story moves from one odd encounter to another, full of quirky, unforgettable characters, with Bridges' inept stoner at the centre of it all. The script is endlessly witty, complete with surreal, drug-induced dream sequences, the soundtrack fits superbly, and Bridges is terrific, supported heroically by Goodman's dangerously short-fused Vietnam vet."
|40 T2||Sausage Party (2016) - Oct 27, 2016
"The sex and pot jokes are universally unfunny, the over-reliance on swearing is tiresome and the religion-based humour is totally derivative and devoid of nuance. The meta ending is awful too. There are still some laughs hidden amongst all the childish garbage, and Nick Kroll’s villainous douche has some good moments."
|85 T9||What We Do in the Shadows (2014) - Jan 10, 2017
"Following a trio of ancient vampires living in a Wellington flat share, this terrific mockumentary riffs on established vampire tropes in wonderfully creative ways, offering one of the most original takes on the subject matter in recent years. Waititi, Clement and Brugh are all hilarious in their own distinct ways, and the special effects are hugely impressive considering the film’s low budget."
|90 T10||Seven Beauties (1975) - Aug 29, 2015
"Pasqualino is an incredible character; he obsesses over honour yet proves repeatedly that he himself is completely without it. Desertion, rape, cold-blooded murder – nothing is beyond him, and yet despite his numerous deplorable acts, he somehow remains a sympathetic character. Wertmüller's excellent script and spot-on direction make it a captivating experience to watch him weasel his way through the horrors of the war, and Giannini is sensational in the role."
|75 T7||Stormy Weather (1943) - Nov 15, 2015
"As a showcase for several of the most prominent black performers of the day, it boasts some wonderful numbers: Fats Waller is a hoot; Bill Robinson's drum dance is excellent; and the Nicholas Brothers sequence is simply unmissable. Lena Horne's dirgelike songs do stifle the otherwise pleasant pace, and the plot is expectedly threadbare, but neither of these factors prevent it from succeeding as an effective piece of old-fashioned entertainment."
|15 T1||If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do? (1971) - Jul 18, 2016
"A rabid sermon about how Communism will destroy America is cut with ludicrous scenes of jackbooted commies terrorising the Christian population with torture and slaughter. While the fire-and-brimstone preaching quickly becomes tiresome, the acting and the (surprisingly savage) violence are so amateurish that it's occasionally rather amusing, but this evangelical schlock is total garbage nonetheless."
|80 T8||Little Fugitive (1953) - Jul 26, 2016
"This simple story has a young boy run away to Coney Island when he mistakenly thinks he’s killed his older brother. Gorgeously filmed and edited, it brings an evocative mix of sadness and joy to the screen, and the lead does a fine job for one so young. It’s easy to see how Engel’s naturalistic style influenced the French New Wave."
|70 T6||Dead Heat (1988) - Dec 30, 2016
"Rarely is this kind of irreverent 1980s horror-comedy executed so well. Williams and Piscopo are on great form as two wise-cracking cops who uncover a plot to raise an army of the dead, and with plenty of fun dialogue and gory effects galore, it's a rigorously entertaining ride from start to finish."
|50 T3||Cars (2006) - Dec 20, 2016
"After six films ranging from good to outstanding, this Lasseter passion project represents Pixar’s first real misfire. The story is unoriginal and the characters lack both imagination and affability, but most disappointing of all is the film’s lack of any effective emotional core; it’s all machine and no heart."