Cinema Addict - 1285 Rankings
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Bio: I love film and rate according to genre and/or a director's body of work.
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|80 T9||And the Ship Sails On (1983) - Nov 18, 2017
"A.A.S.S.O is a surprisingly restrained work that found Fellini finally making peace with Italy's most famous artform (opera) while lampooning the pomp and ceremony associated with its patronage. It's an elegant journey that's seemingly aimless: a charming tour guide navigates our way through the cast of eccentric bourgeois stereotypes aboard a luxurious ocean liner. But it's a deceptively lightweight film whose sense of nostalgia and loss for a bygone era is deeply resonant and strangely moving."
|23 T1||Get Out of My Room (1985) - Nov 17, 2017|
|65 T6||Sudden Death (1995) - Nov 17, 2017
"While it failed to catapult Van Damme into the stratosphere, Sudden Death is a superior action film that has aged surprisingly well. Quintano's script is generic and predictable--it's Die Hard in a hockey arena, as others have noted--but it doesn't really matter because it's Hyams show, featuring his trademark widescreen compositions and flair for intense action spectacle. Van Damme is better than usual as the heroic fireman, Boothe is a suitably menacing villain, and the finale is explosive. "
|53 T3||Dressed to Kill (1980) - Nov 14, 2017|
|53 T3||Death Wish (1974) - Nov 14, 2017|
|40 T1||Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) - Nov 13, 2017
"In a blatantly desperate move, Ayrkroyd and Landis reteamed to create a sequel to The Blues Brothers despite the fact that their cultural moment had long since passed. And these guys wonder why their careers are dead? Goodman is an OK substitute for Belushi in theory, but his character is thinly drawn and we don't really get much of a sense of his personality. The addition of the kid was a bad idea, and the musical numbers seem forced rather than joyful outbursts of spontaneous energy."
|48 T2||Rambo III (1988) - Nov 13, 2017
"(Viewed in 11/14): It's marginally inferior to the second installment, although its anti-Soviet propaganda is less racist and offensive than II's anti-Vietnamese sentiment. MacDonald isn't as visually flamboyant as Cosmatos, so the action scenes don't have the same impact, even if they are just as comically over the top and cartoonish. The final battle sequence involving tank collisions is completely ridiculous, and Sly would have to wait another two decades to restore faith in the Rambo brand."
|50 T3||Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) - Nov 13, 2017
"(Viewed in 11/14): Laughable but entertaining sequel that has been analysed to death for its blatant propaganistic leanings. In short, it wants to have it both ways: it functions as a revenge fantasy which allows the US to declare moral victory after the messiness of their involvement in Vietnam while simultaneously nursing the wounds of aggrieved veterans. Cosmatos frames Stallone in a 'heroic' way that would later become emblematic (of the star and the genre) and there are a few tense scenes."
|60 T5||The Relic (1997) - Nov 12, 2017
"Hyams tends to work with middling scripts, but he knows how to shoot. Unfortunately his preference for low key lighting doesn't always translate well on home video formats where the details of his intense contrasts are inevitably lost. The Relic is a standard monster-on-the-loose-in-a-confined-space thriller, and Winston's creature is an obvious amalgam of Alien and Predator. It isn't particularly original, but Hyams transforms the museum setting into an evocatively shadowy subterranean space."
|83 T10||Belle de jour (1967) - Nov 12, 2017
"Belle De Jour is surely one of best films ever made about the complex relationship between class and desire that is not just a satire of bourgeois mores but also a kind of investigation into the psycho-social character of sexuality as a messy manifestation of performance and impulse. Deneuve is extraordinary as Severine, an upper class woman torn between conflicting lifestyles (of the respectable bourgeois wife and the 'whore') and Bunuel uses her delicate porcelain features to iconic effect."