Cinema Addict - 1598 Rankings
Member Since: Feb 6, 2014
Location: Camden, London, UK
Bio: Nice beaver
Check out Maaxwell's...
|5 T1||The Color of Pomegranates (1969) - Nov 17, 2016
"What a torturous ordeal. In addition to being agonisingly boring, almost all of Parajanov's stylistic choices are horrible: the carefully composed surreal imagery is pretentious, vapid and uninviting; the music is almost painfully jarring. Only a fervent affection for Sayat-Nova’s poetry could foreseeably render this a remotely rewarding experience; it's completely worthless otherwise."
|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."
|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."
|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."
|80 T8||College (1927) - Jun 19, 2016
"Keaton’s bookish wimp tries to win over his dream girl with athletic prowess; the trouble is, he has none. This is arguably one of his funniest pictures and features a number of great stunts, including many hilarious failed attempts at an assortment of track and field events. His heroics at the end of the film are simply splendid."
|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||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."
|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."
|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."
|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."