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billkerwin

Cinema Addict - 2296 Rankings

Member Since: Dec 18, 2009

Location: Columbus, OH, USA

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86 T8 Summer Storm (1944) - May 07, 2011
"Linda Darnell shines with youthful beauty, George Sanders excels in showing us just how sad and lost a lust-filled man can become, and Edward Everett Horton thoroughly enjoys playing a lecher. Sirk had not yet developed his Hollywood style (this was his second American film) but he directs with great fluidity and continental sophistication, and a few of his set pieces (the Russian Orthodox wedding, the maid glimpsing the killer's hands through a chink in the wooden bathhouse) are very fine. "
91 T9 Scarlet Street (1945) - Dec 20, 2009
"A great noir with nuanced direction. Robinson is too smart and fatalistic to be completely pathetic, Duryea is too weak and fragile to be utterly vile, and Joan Bennett . . . well Joan Bennett is wonderful. Besides being sexy in her lingerie--and even sexier in her transparent raincoat--she is too full of life to be stereotyped as a femme fatale. Her lazy sensuality, her amusement at Edward G.'s dorkiness, even her baffling love for Duryea, give this movie a distinctive European feel. "
93 T10 The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933) - Dec 20, 2009
"The only thing that keeps this from being a masterpiece is the sensationalistic, pulp nature of the screenplay--although I have to admit that Lang does his best to change the sensationalism into nightmare. The framing of each shot is so artful, the use of sound to build tension so innovative and expert, that the film compels attention and respect."
91 T9 Midnight (1939) - Jul 19, 2012
"This movie is an elegant, near perfect romantic comedy. Brackett and Wilder's screenplay is witty, Leisen's direction is sophisticated and smooth, and Ameche and Colbert--both underrated experts in light comedy--are very cute together. Astor and Barrymore are cute together too, and Barrymore (who reportedly could barely read his cue-cards) gives one of the greatest--and most subdued--performances of his career."
68 T2 Angel on My Shoulder (1946) - Feb 01, 2010
"Writer Harry Segall tries to conjure up the magic of his "Here Comes Mr. Jordan," but fails. Paul Muni looks weary and uninterested, offering us a pale imitation of his Scarface of fifteen years before. (I mean, how could such an important actor be bothered with such fluff? He who had been Pasteur! And Zola!) Anne Baxter is beautiful, and Claude Rains smoulders and bristles as the Lord of Darkness, but neither of them can save this doomed project. It goes to Hell on a sled."
82 T6 Zoo in Budapest (1933) - Jun 05, 2011
"When the camera is moving, this film is poetic and original in the way it creates an unearthly paradise within the confines of a crowded urban zoo, but when the camera stops and the actors start talking, it seems stilted and almost primitive. Since this is probably director Rowland Lee's best film, I can't help but think its power is best attributed to its great cinematographer Lee Garmes. Definitely an unusual, memorable film, and Loretta Young has never been more beautiful."
96 T10 Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) - Dec 25, 2009
" A wonderful nostalgic comedy. No other movie evokes the feel of the early years of the last century like this one. The songs are great,Judy is at her best (which is of course very, very good), and Margaret O'Brien will make you laugh and break your heart in what still may be the best performance given by a child in an American film. (The Halloween and Christmas sequences are detachable delights, and should be viewed--if possible--every holiday season.) "
100 T10 The Earrings of Madame de... (1953) - Feb 14, 2010
"Ophuls camera keeps moving, relentless and breathtaking in its beauty, as life moves these three characters to their heartbreaking destiny, and somehow this movement--despite astonishing coincidences and extraordinary folly--makes the rush toward tragedy seem inevitable. Yes, and beautiful too. "
86 T8 Remember My Name (1978) - Jun 17, 2011
"Geraldine Chaplin delivers her only great performance in this odd, elliptical Rudolph film which unites Altman's improvisatory style with a sophisticated continental sensibility. Perkins and Gunn are good, and Goldblum is memorable in his small role as discount department store owner Mr. Nudd. The soundtrack featuring legendary blues singer Alberta Hunter is superb: each song is not only fine in itself, but works to create a mood--and to provide a commentary--on the action."
72 T3 The Sound of Music (1965) - Dec 22, 2009
"Saccharine film with absolutely no chemistry between the two leads. Directed by Minnelli and lasting not more than two hours, it might have been good, but it wasn't and it doesn't and it isn't. "