Cinema Addict - 1235 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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|68 T6||The Hunger (1983) - Oct 22, 2017|
|43 T2||The Hole (2009) - Oct 22, 2017
"(Viewed on 20/09/11): Touted as Dante's return to form, The Hole certainly bares some resemblance to the films he made in his prime, but he neither had access to the same resources as when he made Gremlins, nor were his sensibilities aligned with the culture, which has been an ongoing problem since Small Soldiers. The Hole is a chronically underfunded film with ropey CGI that ruins the effect of the somewhat imaginative set pieces, and the young actors lack sufficient charm and charisma."
|68 T6||Gremlins (1984) - Oct 22, 2017|
|65 T6||North by Northwest (1959) - Oct 22, 2017
"Hitchcock was the most technically accomplished director of old Hollywood, but N.B.N strikes this viewer as an overpraised film that lives on the strength of its famous set pieces while the rest of the scenes fail to measure up. The corn field and Mount Rushmore sequences are rightly revered and remain impressive today, demonstrating Hitch's superior command of mise-en-scene. The overall impression though is that of an overly slick craftsman's piece that is surprisingly shallow and bloodless."
|73 T7||Crimson Tide (1995) - Oct 21, 2017
"C.T is about the clash of two military mindsets: the pre-emptive strike mentality (Hackman) and the more measured approach of strategic possibilities reflecting the increasing uncertainty of post-Cold War reality(Washington).This antagonism isn't explored in a particularly complex way, but it underlies the central conflict powering the narrative around ambiguous military orders. It's a pulse pounding race against time driven by strong performances and Zimmer's propulsive score."
|58 T4||The Fan (1996) - Oct 21, 2017
"Critics lambasted Scott's flashy style, but the real problem is a 3rd rate script that gets sillier as the film progresses. As it stands, it's a predictably well crafted film with decent performances. Deniro has played psychos better before, but he is effective here, and it's a shame that his character isn't more fleshed out because there are some interesting layers that were unexplored. Snipes holds his own against the former acting heavyweight, and the rain soaked finale is top flight Scott."
|75 T8||True Romance (1993) - Oct 20, 2017
"Scott transforms Tarantino's trademark juvenilia into a quasi-fairy tale, which was a smart choice because his script was geeky wish fulfillment that was extremely disconnected from reality, so placing it in this heightened setting makes it more credible. Slater and Arquette are intensely likeable as the young lovers, and there are plenty of brilliant star cameos (Oldman, Walken and Hopper especially). The final shootout is electrifying and brutal and remains one of Scott's greatest set pieces."
|73 T7||48 Hrs. (1982) - Oct 20, 2017
"48 Hrs has aged, but it's a testament to Hill's superior craftsmanship that it's still enjoyable. The story of a cop and a criminal (or another cop) whose relationship begins on tense terms but later develops into one of bedgrudging respect is well worn out, but the unexpected pairing of Nolte and Murphy was truly inspired, and their chemistry is unbeatable in the buddy cop genre, even after 3 decades. Hill strikes the right balance between action and comedy without dulling its hard boiled edge."
|43 T2||Cult of Chucky (2017) - Oct 19, 2017
"C.O.C is a good example of why sometimes it isn't always advisable to entrust the original creators of franchises with the responsibility of continuing them. Mancini is once again shooting blanks, delivering another bland Chucky film that is cheaply made and lacks any sense of style or purpose.The deaths are gorier than usual, but they don't compensate for the obvious deficiencies elsewhere, including a dearth of funny one liners for Chucky, and the Marvel-esque finale is desperately clueless."
|45 T2||Days of Thunder (1990) - Oct 17, 2017
"Top Gun on wheels minus the 'homoeroticism'. There is plenty of moronic macho bluster, but it doesn't produce any real laughs. Top Gun at least has the benefit of being a nostalgia piece that can be enjoyed ironically, from a safe distance. Towne's script is a generic mishmash of anemically drawn characters and completely predictable plotting, and the romance between Kidman and Cruise is surprisingly stale. Scott handles the racing sequences like a pro, but it's one of his weaker films."