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|70 58%||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."
|75 69%||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."
|45 17%||Roar (1981) - Apr 19, 2017
"Noel Marshall was clearly a lunatic. Working with dozens upon dozens of untrained big cats, the danger to the human cast is so palpable in every scene that the film becomes a bizarrely riveting viewing experience in spite of the weak narrative and acting. The stories from the shoot are horrifying, unsurprisingly; it's a genuine miracle that nobody was killed on set."
|70 58%||Screamplay (1985) - Mar 14, 2019
"This odd passion project mashes the visual style of the German Expressionists and writing style of Edgar Allan Poe into a sleazy Hollywood noir for an altogether tasteful horror-comedy experience. It's superbly anchored by Rufus Butler Seder's unhinged wackiness on screen, and the creative art design is a brilliant example of how a shoestring budget can be used effectively."
|10 1%||Let's Be Cops (2014) - Mar 28, 2017
"Two idiot friends pretend to be police officers. It ends with them both landing their perfect jobs. With storytelling of that calibre, it's hardly surprising that the writers forgot to include any jokes."
|40 12%||Jailhouse Rock (1957) - Apr 02, 2018
"Jailhouse Rock has only a fraction of the zing that an early Elvis vehicle should reasonably proffer. It's a fairly dull rags-to-riches story and little more, but one with a lead character so unsympathetic that his ultimate success and happiness leaves a decidedly sour taste. Worse still, with the exception of the iconic title number, not one of the songs is at all memorable."
|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."
|85 85%||The Innocents (1961) - Jun 01, 2015
"The Innocents is wonderfully creepy, full of suspense and stylishly filmed, and thankfully it sticks with the bleak ending from Henry James' novella. There are top performances from Deborah Kerr and young Martin Stephens (acting far beyond his years), with the film's most noteworthy scenes depicting their unsettling relationship, and Jack Clayton's direction is excellent."
|85 85%||Black Dynamite (2009) - May 20, 2017
"This wonderful send-up of the blaxploitation genre celebrates both its good and notoriously bad elements, combining fantastic music, costumes and one-liners with horrendous continuity, acting and boom mic operation. The consistent quality of the dialogue and sight gags makes this without doubt one of the finest spoofs ever devised, and Michael Jai White gives the comedy performance of a lifetime."
|10 1%||Burke and Hare (2010) - May 30, 2019
"A crude comedy about these infamous graverobbers sounds enticing in the capable hands of John Landis, but his first film after more than a decade out of the game is an absolute dud, using the lowest of low-brow humour and a few pointless British cameos to drum up no laughs whatsoever."