Film Freak - 790 Rankings
Member Since: Jul 7, 2014
Bio: I love film and rate according to genre and/or a director's body of work.
|63 T5||L'atalante (1934) - Mar 30, 2017|
|73 T7||Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) - Mar 29, 2017
"(Viewed in July 2015): A fine parody film that remains underappreciated largely due to group think, Airplane II does indeed rip off the style of the original, but the expression that imitation is the greatest form of flattery rings entirely true in this instance. There are many recycled gags, but Finkleman riffs on them well, and there are plenty of hilariously gonzo moments, including a clever spoof of 2001 and a show stealing cameo by Shatner as a clueless commander."
|85 T10||Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) - Mar 25, 2017|
|60 T4||Top Secret! (1984) - Mar 25, 2017|
|73 T7||A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014) - Mar 24, 2017
"Nobody makes films quite like Roy Andersson, but his signature style perhaps isn't as effectively 'repeatable' and diminishing returns have begun to set in. The move to digital is dubious: it brings greater clarity but lends an antiseptic quality to the visual design, highlighting its mechanical contrivance. The vignettes seem more disconnected and the scenarios are less imaginative, with few exceptions. Those exceptions make it worthwhile though, and his droll humour remains firmly intact."
|60 T4||Elle (2016) - Mar 23, 2017|
|48 T2||Mafia! (1998) - Mar 22, 2017
"Abrahams was always less effective without the Zuckers, but Mafia represented a considerable decline from even the Hot Shots films which were certainly good but no Airplane. It is an obvious spoof of Coppola and Scorsese's famous crime films, and there are some laughs to be had, especially from Bridges' take on Brando's classic role, but the creative team seems more interested in mocking the genre rather than deconstructing it, so the spectrum of humour remains limited. A missed opportunity."
|50 T3||Bad Santa 2 (2016) - Mar 22, 2017
"Pointless sequel reunites Thornton, Cox and Kelly without the old creative team's involvement. Zwigoff's direction was a major reason why the original film worked: he zeroed in on the potty humour but added a dark human element which enabled it to transcend the limitations of its genre. The script was also cleverly written with sharply drawn characters and memorable dialogue. Thornton and Cox reprise their roles well, but the material is substandard and Bates and Hendricks are wasted."
|45 T2||Better Off Dead... (1985) - Mar 19, 2017
"Cusack's 80's comedies hit the right nostalgic buttons for certain Gen X's, but Better Off Dead did not stand the test of time for this viewer. It is easy to appreciate Holland's vision; even by 80's standards it has some pretty offbeat elements, but his lack of experience shows, and the slightly surreal moments seem more childish than clever and clash with the utterly conventional coming of age story. Cusack plays awkward adolescence well, but the lame screenplay betrays him at every turn."
|85 T10||The Wages of Fear (1953) - Mar 19, 2017
"Clouzot's action thriller remains one of the most effective films ever made about desperate men, even if aspects of it have inevitably dated. It is a tense and gripping 'existential' action film that features complex muliti-layered characters whose flawed humanity is revealed when subjected to high pressure conditions. Clouzot's pessimistic outlook penetrates the stark slow burn narrative with dark psychological insight, and it's artfully directed in a non-self conscious manner."