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|90 T10||Los Olvidados (1950) - Feb 25, 2016
"Buñuel goes for an uncharacteristic sense of realism in Los Olvidados, painting the slums of Mexico City as a hopelessly bleak and unforgiving place for its young and impoverished inhabitants. It’s powerful and engaging stuff, with excellent characterisation and many memorably scenes, and ultimately it’s heartbreakingly tragic."
|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."
|70 T6||L'Âge d'or (1930) - Mar 28, 2016
"In his last creative collaboration with Dali, Buñuel boldly relays his negative feelings towards the Catholic Church, bourgeois society and contemporary attitudes towards sex, setting the tone for much of his later work. As surreal cinema goes, it’s highly accessible: well-paced, occasionally funny and bursting with effective imagery."
|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."
|95 T10||Divorce Italian Style (1961) - Mar 05, 2016
"This darkly comic tale of a middle-aged scoundrel’s pursuit of his teenage cousin doubles as a sharp satire, highly critical of antiquated Italian laws and customs and featuring a number of hilarious caricatures of Sicilian stereotypes. The story and dialogue are phenomenal, and Mastroianni’s performance is sheer perfection."
|80 T8||Bride of Frankenstein (1935) - Dec 22, 2016
"A camp blend of horror, science fiction and comedy, this light-hearted sequel really develops the character of the Monster by affording him a great deal more humanity than before, and this is ably relayed by Karloff, who’s exceptional alongside mad scientists Clive and Thesiger. Though the titular Bride looks terrific, it’s ultimately rather disappointing how little screen time or personality she’s granted."
|85 T9||Four Lions (2010) - Jul 01, 2014
"Inept British Muslims planning a terrorist attack may seem an easy target for satire, but Morris carefully avoids stereotypes while deftly stressing the dangers of extremism through the proponents’ lack of understanding of their own motives. The comedy throughout is terrific with superb characters and performances, but it’s the more poignant moments that make Four Lions a truly memorable and affecting movie."
|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||Down by Law (1986) - Jul 25, 2016
"Down by Law follows the imprisonment and subsequent escape of three offbeat lowlifes played by the charismatic trio of Waits, Lurie and Benigni. The basic narrative, lengthy takes and seemingly inane conversation contribute to an unusual but bewitching atmosphere, reminiscent of some of the finer works of postmodern absurdist theatre. It's an absolute delight."
|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."