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|70 57%||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 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."
|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."
|100 99%||In Bruges (2008) - Feb 19, 2019
"McDonagh's first film pairs comedy and tragedy like no other, with the superb script tackling its themes of guilt, morality and judgment in astonishingly deep and humorous ways. Farrell and Gleeson give the most nuanced performances of their careers as Ray and Ken, two Irish hitmen irreparably haunted by their past sins. Bruges is a location seemingly frozen in time and drowning in Catholic imagery, making it the perfect other-worldly setting for a weekend sightseeing trip through purgatory."
|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."
|80 78%||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."
|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."
|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."
|85 85%||In the Heat of the Night (1967) - Feb 18, 2016
"The main investigation story takes a back seat in this Southern murder mystery, with the film's focus instead lying firmly on the begrudging relationship between a white police chief and a black detective. The racism theme is handled in an impressively thought-provoking manner, and the fantastic direction, script and pacing means there's never a dull moment. Steiger and Poitier are exceptional in their respective roles."
|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."