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Criticker Zealot - 5004 Film Ratings

Member Since: Apr 3, 2006

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Age: 42

Gender: Male

Bio: I'm a writer. I lean towards arthouse cinema, realism and old Italian stuff, and some guilty pleasures include horror, kung fu, and anything strange and unusual. Favorite filmmakers include (in no particular order): Jacques Rozier, Mario Monicelli, Maurice Pialat, Emir Kusturica, Radu Jude, R.W. Fassbinder, Asghar Farhadi, C.T. Dreyer, Antonio Pietrangeli, Dino Risi, Werner Herzog, Lina Wertmüller, Luchino Visconti, Claude Chabrol, Nicolas Roeg, Sidney Lumet, Satyajit Ray, Sam Peckinpah, Sergei Parajanov, John Cassavetes, Michelangelo Antonioni, Lynne Ramsay, Abbas Kiarostami, Woody Allen, Federico Fellini, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Alan Clarke, Terry Gilliam, Costa-Gavras, Aki Kaurismäki, Jafar Panahi, Douglas Sirk, Ernst Lubitsch, Kaneto Shindo, Jean Renoir, Ermanno Olmi, Cristian Mungiu and Francesco Rosi.
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78 87% The Hunt (2012) - Mar 25, 2013
"Excellent acting and directing aside, I think The Hunt is a courageous film. The idea that false accusations even exist has become almost taboo in the west, and some in the audience will therefore find the script unbelievable. I believed it, and I appreciated its restraint and sense of proportion actually. And to anyone admitting to themselves that this scenario is realistic in contemporary culture, it's a disturbing, harrowing, upsetting film."
45 33% You've Got Mail (1998) - Sep 04, 2009
"Nora Ephron writes and directs a modernized adaptation of Miklós László's Parfumerie. Unsurprisingly, Samson Raphaelson's version of it for Lubitsch's Shop Around the Corner K/Os the contender and retains the title. You've Got Mail is not such a bad movie, but you gotta ask yourself if we really needed a 1998 update of one of romantic comedy's oldest formulas."
60 54% Carnage (2011) - May 02, 2012
"It's evident from the start that Carnage is intelligently written. There's realism in the dialogue, with a few hilarious moments. Its quest to gradually step up the carnage then grows more and more labored, ultimately overwrought. It seems to be a rehash of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", superior to the source but still not great. Despite the best efforts of the script, its strongest points are the performances and cinematography."
88 96% The Sicilian Clan (1969) - Sep 05, 2010
"There must be hundreds of crime caper police pursuit movies, and I've seen quite a few of them, and it would surprise me if there ever was a better one than this. It is more akin to Melville's late 60s works than to his or Dassin's Le Breton adaptations. Truly tense and full of unexpected but wholly logical plot twists, The Sicilian Clan also boasts great directing, a trinity of timelessly magnificent lead actors, and one of Ennio Morricone's most hauntingly beautiful musical scores."
78 87% Bubù (1971) - Sep 21, 2014
"The best film you'll ever see about that type of girl who falls madly in love with an asshole just because he ruins her, and rejects the nice romantic guy who really cares about her because he's a wimp (and there's a twist). Aside from an excellent script narrowly avoiding melodrama, and Piccolo's sensational performance, Bubu features absolutely stunning cinematography by Ennio Guarnieri (also the perfect "Swept Away") whose every frame evokes August Renoir."
45 33% Deep Cover (1992) - Oct 08, 2011
"Very, very hokey. It probably would have been best to take the script down to earth, but if it has to be over-the-top I suppose it made sense to throw music into all the violent scenes, cast the somewhat buffoonish Jeff Goldblum and Charles Martin Smith, and make it altogether zany as director Bill Duke did. It's still a failing crime movie rather than a comedy, but at least it's fun."
58 48% Human Lanterns (1982) - May 29, 2017
"Wuxia with a dab of Texas Chainsaw Massacre? That just can't work, well, not as such. For all their production value, Shaw Brothers just aren't where you go for cutting-edge gore effects. Nor does the wire-fu really cut it if you're in it for the fights. Lastly, it all amounts to exploitation-level tastelessness. And yet I still found this awkward pastiche mysteriously mesmerizing. Maybe the superficial beauty of Shaw sets and costumes threw me off, but somehow, Human Lanterns hits the spot."
35 19% Raid on Entebbe (1976) - Dec 26, 2009
"It's a bad movie, glaringly unrealistic and unresearched. It was made to capitalize on what was, at the time, American delight in and fascination with the very risky but luckily successful Israeli operation to rescue hostages from the clutches of Palestinian terrorists aided by Idi Amin. It interested me as an Israeli for historical reasons, but apart from a very nice impression of Amin by Yaphet Kotto, I doubt that modern international viewers would find much value in this."
63 59% A Bucket of Blood (1959) - Sep 12, 2010
"As a viewing experience it's lean and flowing and entertaining to watch, if a bit slight and generally ridiculous. But underlying the somewhat exploitative horror comedy is a potent allegory about social reception of and expectations from art. It's significant that the director of this little movie that's more ambitious that it looks, went on to become the producer patriarch of New Hollywood."
80 90% Devils on the Doorstep (2000) - Sep 29, 2009
"One half-expects this to be dogmatically anti-Japanese and a glorification of Chinese valor and resilience. Admirably it's nothing of the sort. Wen Jiang performs powerfully in his own comedy of errors as Ma Dasan, a simple peasant, cowardly, hesitant and not too bright. Dasan is the reluctant captor of two Japanese soldiers, themselves flawed but sympathetic. A humane, moving, often farcical but in the end grotesquely sobering war drama."