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billkerwin

Cinema Addict - 2296 Rankings

Member Since: Dec 18, 2009

Location: Columbus, OH, USA

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89 T9 Apache (1954) - Jan 30, 2010
"Once you accept the idea of blue-eyed Lancaster and Peters as two Apaches on the run, you may find much to admire in this Aldrich film. The action scenes are good, Massai's trip through St. Louis is unique and vivid. and, although the Native Americans speak in the laconic style of old Westerns, dry humor, fierce honor and a reverence for nature reveal themselves beneath the stoicism. Besides, no Native American couple in love had ever been treated so tenderly--or so mercifully--in a Western."
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."
100 T10 Vertigo (1958) - Dec 20, 2009
"A powerful film about obsession. The likable Stewart has never been less likable, and this makes his character more compelling. Novak's acting skills may be limited, but Hitchcock uses this limitation to make her character appear overwhelmed and vulnerable. The pace is slow, but it must be slow so that the viewer will come to empathize with Stewart's obsession. And then suddenly the ending comes rushing toward us, filling us with pity and despair. "
92 T9 King of New York (1990) - Jan 28, 2010
"The dialogue ain't much, and it is more than a little weird (a crime boss who starts killing off mobsters because they won't help him bankroll a children's hospital?), but it is one of the most elegant, visually stunning crime films I've seen--expertly edited and superbly paced.. And Walken is good. And he dances a little too!"
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.) "
75 T3 Escape in the Fog (1945) - Jan 30, 2010
"Good grade B spy thriller by Oscar Boetticher 5 years before he became "Budd." Nina Foch and Otto Kruger add class to the noir atmosphere"
75 T3 The Young One (1960) - Aug 21, 2011
"This Indie "B" made by blacklisters has a few cool Bunuel touches (hairy spider being stepped on, raccoon devouring chickens, numerous close-ups of feet), and the ending is surprisingly tolerant and European: a story that features statutory rape and false racist accusations ends with a hint of hope instead of the murder/suicide combo that a similar "A" Hollywood studio product would require. Scott is fine here too in this his last major role, but still the whole thing never quite jells. "
92 T9 New York, New York (1977) - Feb 02, 2010
"Underrated film with superb performances by De Niro and Minnelli. If a traditional Hollywood musical took place in the crazy, self-absorbed world of entertainment, it would look like this. (Has any other jazz fan noticed that De Niro in this picture looks exactly like bop baritone sax great Serge Chaloff?)"
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. "
85 T7 Dames (1934) - Dec 06, 2010
"The plot is tedious, and Hugh Herbert is irritating as usual. But Blondell is gorgeous, Powell and Keeler are ideal starry-eyed juveniles, and the Berkeley production numbers are up to the "Gold Digger" standard. The dancing/singing suits of long underwear in "The Girl at the Ironing Board" are cute and slightly perverse, "Dames" is the usual stunningly inventive Berkeley paean to female beauty, and the two "I Only Have Eyes For You" numbers show the early '30's musical at its best."