Cinema Addict - 2003 Film Ratings
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|85 85%||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."
|75 68%||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."
|65 48%||Deadpool (2016) - Feb 11, 2016
"It brilliantly captures the spirit of the cult comic, with a relentless barrage of filthy (and often hilarious) comedy and some good bloody violence, with Reynolds playing the wise-cracking mutant assassin beautifully. The other characters however aren't really interesting at all, and the film has a tired, formulaic structure, a shortage of action scenes and a disappointing final set piece."
|70 57%||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."
|75 68%||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 57%||Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) - Nov 04, 2015
"Cagney's brilliant acting and dancing won him a fully deserved Oscar, but the rest of the movie struggles to live up to his stellar performance. The sickly sweet storytelling and excessive patriotism are expected given the film's historical context but prevent it from feeling at all genuine. Cohan's songs themselves are generally rather drab and repetitive, and hence the non-musical portions, which feature some surprisingly witty dialogue, tend to be a good deal more enjoyable."
|95 96%||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."
|85 85%||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."
|50 23%||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 85%||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."