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billkerwin

Cinema Addict - 2296 Film Rankings

Member Since: Dec 18, 2009

Location: Columbus, OH, USA

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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."
92 T9 The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) - Mar 12, 2010
"Some people think this a mess, but I think that its eccentric performances, complex Milius script and continual (yet controlled) tonal shifts--from realism to folk tale to surrealism to farce and then back to realism again--make this a uniquely enjoyable epic Western. More than any other film outside the Peckinpah oeuvre, it effectively chronicles and mourns the disappearance of the Old West. Newman is good, and Stacey Keach is a standout in an hilarious cameo as "Original Bad Bob the Albino.""
75 T3 Kalifornia (1993) - Jan 26, 2010
"Stylish and slick, full of cruelty and irony but ultimately hollow, this movie culminates in extreme violence staged in a mannequin-populated model home at the center of the Dreamland nuclear testing site. (Insert symbolic interpretation here.) Partially redeemed by the detached cool of an emotionally distant Duchovny narration, two mannered but amusing performances from Pitt and Lewis, and the unsmiling elegance of Michelle Forbes."
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."
91 T9 All the Real Girls (2003) - Jun 08, 2011
"It suffers just a bit from a fashionable disdain for plot, but the superb acting (natural and skillful in improvisation, astonishing in emotional power), the starkly beautiful cinematography, the evocative musical score, and the way all three are unified into a powerful whole by the poetic intensity of Green's direction, more than make up for it. Few films give us a place as fully realized as this small, decaying North Carolina factory town. "
90 T9 Gone Girl (2014) - Oct 26, 2014
"Many of the effects--like the still-blood-drenched Amy being interviewed by law enforcement--strain credulity, but the performances are nuanced, and the direction maintains tension and audience involvement without sacrificing ambiguity, which is no small thing. Another good Fincher film about the prison of the ego and the impossibility of fulfilling relationships."
99 T10 The Last Picture Show (1971) - Jan 29, 2010
"Astonishing in its depth and power and atmosphere. One of the best films of the 70's. I used to think it was full of movies and not life (individual shots in homage to Ford, Hawks, etc.), but I saw it again recently and the simplicity of the direction, and the intensity and honesty of the performances, filled me with awe and admiration. Bogdanovitch perfectly creates the look and feel of a dying little town in the '50's and what it must have been like to grow up there."
69 T2 Auntie Mame (1958) - Jul 30, 2010
"Strained, stagy comedy. Rosalind Russell tries way too hard, producing the opposite of her intention: she reveals herself to be a drab, disciplined professional pretending to be a colorful eccentric."
95 T10 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - Dec 21, 2009
"Despite a jarringly triumphant, slow-mo conclusion, this film is unusually restrained in the matter-of-fact humanism of its direction and the detailed realism of its ensemble acting. Nicholson delivers the performance of a lifetime, but it is a performance which emerges organically from a real world in a way Cool Hand Luke, with all his Hollywood Christ imagery, never could. It is a quintessentially American story viewed through a distinctively European eye, and therein lies its uniqueness. "
73 T3 The Runaways (2010) - Apr 24, 2010
"The thin script--based by first-time director Sigismondi on Cherie Currie's autobiography--is centered on Currie but really wants to be about Joan Jett. And that's a problem. Kristen Stewart as Jett is guarded, suggesting hidden depths and motivations, but Dakota Fanning as Currie is flashy and bland, nothing but jailbait eye candy. In other words . . . just like the members of the original band. "