Cinema Addict - 1962 Film Ratings
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|40 12%||Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) - Sep 15, 2016
"The series' uniquely disquieting nature becomes lost amid all the uncharacteristic violence, nudity and bad language; this stark change of tone strips the film of the quaint, soapy quality that initially made Twin Peaks so singular, compelling and endearing. Also, Lynch predominantly depicts events that fans will already be familiar with and still ultimately leaves even more questions unanswered. Ray Wise is excellent all the same."
|90 91%||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."
|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."
|60 39%||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."
|80 78%||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."
|80 78%||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."
|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."
|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."
|75 68%||Spider Baby (1967) - May 26, 2017
"Undoubtedly a big influence on the likes of Tobe Hooper and Wes Craven, Jack Hill's cult classic strikes a tone that's at once farcical and gravely sinister, which scarce few (if any) films have ever managed to recreate. It's hugely enjoyable for this reason alone; Sid Haig's immense creepiness and Lon Chaney Jr.'s oddly moving performance are the icing on the dead cat."
|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."