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|75 T7||Kid with the Golden Arm (1979) - Feb 01, 2017
"With its brilliant costumes and hilarious death scenes, this Shaw Brothers classic really wears its ridiculousness on its sleeve. The fights come relentlessly, and the occasionally over-rehearsed choreography doesn't markedly diminish the wonderful spectacle of it all. All five of the Venom Mob impress, and Philip Kwok's booze-guzzling Tai Hao gets to deliver one of the best final lines ever."
|85 T9||In the Heat of the Night (1967) - Feb 18, 2016
"The main investigation story takes a back seat in this Southern murder mystery, with the film's focus instead lying firmly on the begrudging relationship between a white police chief and a black detective. The racism theme is handled in an impressively thought-provoking manner, and the fantastic direction, script and pacing means there's never a dull moment. Steiger and Poitier are exceptional in their respective roles."
|75 T7||House (1977) - Feb 23, 2016
"In this bonkers Japanese horror, Obayashi uses all the camera tricks and cheap special effects at his disposal to create a deliciously absurd nightmare, with every passing scene offering a more mind-boggling display of creepy, colourful, chaotic weirdness than the last. Visually, it’s an unforgettable comedic treat, and the deliberate bad acting and one-note characterisation make it all the more hilarious."
|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."
|100 T10||The Third Man (1949) - Feb 06, 2014
"This tense thriller set in post-war Vienna is near-perfect, with Joseph Cotten's ingenuous American searching for an old friend, bringing him to some startling revelations of corruption and evil. The script is smart, waiting just long enough to introduce Welles' charismatic villain, and the direction is effective in creating a romantic but desperately gloomy world. The performances are truly memorable, notably from Howard and Welles, the cinematography, set design and score all superb."
|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."
|85 T9||The Sword in the Stone (1963) - Mar 02, 2015
"A lesser effort in the Disney canon, this excellent take on Arthurian legend is nevertheless a real delight. It’s well-animated and highly creative, with some fantastically zany sequences involving dancing furniture, animal transformations and, best of all, a priceless wizard duel."
|60 T4||Vera Cruz (1954) - Aug 17, 2016
"A team of gunslingers agree to protect a convoy for the Mexican Emperor. There are constant twists and betrayals, none of which are unforeseen, and a slightly goofy tone that denies it much credibility, but it has an exceptional pace that easily fends off tedium. Cooper’s lethargy does stifle some of the film’s energy, but Lancaster’s exuberance more than makes up for it."
|100 T10||Le Roman de Renard (1930) - Aug 17, 2016
"A duplicitous fox outwits all the beasts of the animal kingdom, prompting the leonine king to call for his arrest. Featuring spellbinding stop-motion animation and superbly designed anthropomorphic characters, this is a witty, cynical and endlessly charming story, and undeniably one of the most impressive animated pictures ever produced."
|70 T6||Broken Flowers (2005) - Jan 12, 2017
"This Jarmusch road movie is episodic but immensely thoughtful, superbly anchored by Bill Murray and featuring a terrific supporting cast. The central mystery is wonderfully understated throughout, and its ultimate lack of a resolution is both poignant and gloriously cynical. The film feels incomplete, and is so much better for it. That Ethiopian jazz music sure is ghastly though."