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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."
|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."
|30 T1||The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) - Nov 17, 2016
"In stark contrast to his previous works, here Fincher completely fails to challenge audiences emotionally or intellectually, instead offering an overlong, self-indulgent and frequently tedious love story that was plainly manufactured primarily to cater to shallow awards panels. Lifeless performances from Pitt and Blanchett and a dull script from Roth only exacerbate the ennui. At least the make-up is fantastic."
|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."
|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."
|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."
|65 T5||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."
|15 T1||If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do? (1971) - Jul 18, 2016
"A rabid sermon about how Communism will destroy America is cut with ludicrous scenes of jackbooted commies terrorising the Christian population with torture and slaughter. While the fire-and-brimstone preaching quickly becomes tiresome, the acting and the (surprisingly savage) violence are so amateurish that it's occasionally rather amusing, but this evangelical schlock is total garbage nonetheless."
|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."