Cinema Addict - 1396 Rankings
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|60 T5||A Very Brady Sequel (1996) - Jan 16, 2018
"The first Brady Bunch never found the right balance between nostalgia and mockery. The sequel lacks its novelty, but it's less caught up in ridiculing the Brady's for being out of time and actually gives them something to do. There is an intentionally goofy plot involving a shady man played by Matheson, an awkward but amusing romance between Marcia and Greg, and Jane's embarrassing attempts to prove she has a boyhood. All in all, it has a sense of good cheer that was sorely missing before."
|80 T9||Parsifal (1982) - Jan 15, 2018
"Syberberg is one of the most wildly ambitious film makers of his generation, and his interpretation of Parsifal is a typically grandiose and idiosyncratic collision of the avantgarde and the accessible, pushing his theatrical tableux style into new levels of refinement. The opera format allows for a greater depth and intensity of performance hereto unseen in his work, resulting in wonderfully concentrated turns by Clever and Krick who movingly mime their way through shifting surreal landscapes."
|75 T8||Silence and Cry (1967) - Jan 15, 2018|
|58 T4||PCU (1994) - Jan 15, 2018
"Agreeable college comedy came out at the wrong time when youth comedies were out of fashion. It didn't help that it was marketed as a 90's Animal House despite lacking the freshness and energy of that seminal film. It never becomes the wild rowdy romp that it threatens to be, nor is it really the sharp satire of contemporary campus life overtaken by identity politics that it hints at in its early scenes. Nonetheless, Piven is engaging as a slacker frat leader, and there are some funny moments."
|53 T3||The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) - Jan 14, 2018
"The Brady Bunch Movie suffers from Anchorman syndrome (i.e the belief that retro attire and constant mugging are inherently funny) and from Coneheads syndrome (the concept and casting is funnier than the actual film). The cast is superb, especially Long and Taylor as Mrs Brady and Marcia respectively; Taylor particularly inhabits her character in a peculiarly uncanny way. But it's a one note joke that's largely bereft of wit and relies too heavily on the Brady's anachronistic foolishness."
|48 T2||The Hills Have Eyes (1977) - Jan 14, 2018|
|53 T3||Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) - Jan 14, 2018
"Farley died too soon, but it's difficult to see how he would have become a legitimate movie star on the back of sporadically funny films like B.H.N, which is a fair showcase for his childish slapstick buffoonery but little else. His bumbling oafish anctics are quite amusing for low brow humour addicts, and he is always likeable, even when the jokes fall flat, which is often. Shou, Rock and Sheridan provide adequate support when the dopey counterfeit ring plot fails to sustain interest."
|68 T6||Edvard Munch (1974) - Jan 13, 2018|
|48 T2||Heathers (1989) - Jan 13, 2018
"Heathers' reputation as a smart teen satire is lost on me. It was a promising idea, but the script manages to somehow be simultaneously underwritten and overwritten. Plot and character development are seriously lacking, and the dialogue tries way too hard to be 'edgy' and 'cool'. Slater's angst filled monologues reek of pseudo-rebellion and are mostly cringeworthy, and Lehmann's tone is lazily misanthropic. It never truly feels subversive because it's all cartoon surface."
|60 T5||Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991) - Jan 12, 2018
"Mindless action film that's aware of its own stupidity and shrewdly capitalises on it, contrary to popular belief. While it's a 90's action film with a buddy cop theme, its cheap exploitation style and crude 'orientalism' aligns it with the pre-Lethal Weapon era of low budget crap. Completing this impression are somewhat clumsily executed action scenes, hammy acting and ridiculously bad pun laden dialogue. Lundgren and Lee play off each other well, and it doesn't overstay its welcome."