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billkerwin

Cinema Addict - 2296 Film Ratings

Member Since: Dec 18, 2009

Location: Columbus, OH, USA

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86 71% 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 86% Death in the Garden (1956) - Jul 22, 2011
"For the first half it is merely an elegantly directed but slow adventure flick enlivened by a few of brutal moments and the unique beauty of thirty-five-year-old Simone Signoret. Then everyone becomes stranded in the jungle, and the film becomes a dark--and rich--exploration of human character, as well as a cynical and reverent (only Bunuel could do both at once) commentary on religious belief. (There is a real serpent in this "garden," and you won't soon forget the scene where it appears!) "
100 99% The Butcher (1970) - Jul 10, 2010
"This rich, ambiguous film uses the structure of a thriller to explore the sources of violence and desire, the consequences of knowledge and surrender. Meaning reveals itself in the subtle, enigmatic performances of Audran and Yanne and the relationship their two characters establish with each other; the thriller-structure--although technically well-executed--is merely the framework for psychological exploration. Great camera work, great music, superb village atmosphere. "
68 10% 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."
86 71% Autumn Leaves (1956) - Jan 30, 2010
"Don't let the title (and the name "Joan Crawford" above the title) fool you into thinking this a bittersweet tale of a May-December marriage. No, this is Robert Aldrich doing to the woman's picture what he already did to the private-eye noir in the insane "Kiss Me Deadly." This film is crazy, paranoid, intense. The shadows are dark, Cliff Robertson is dangerously bonkers and Joan carries self-sacrifice to the point of symbolic crucifixion. "
72 19% 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. "
69 11% 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."
80 42% The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960) - Oct 26, 2014
"Finch is a fine actor, but he doesn't have enough "gay" in him to be completely convincing. Still this drama, as bowdlerized and cautious as it may be, was nevertheless daring for its time, and does its best to excuse--if not defend--the "love that dare not speak its name." If you don't wish to watch the whole thing, you should at least watch the re-creation of the first trial in order to see James Mason, as Queensbury's sly barrister Carson, cross-examine Finch, a witty, grandstanding Wilde."
92 89% 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.""
92 89% The Merry Widow (1934) - Mar 30, 2010
"The music is tuneful, the direction is elegant, the script is witty, and the leads are charming. Chevalier--although Hollywood gossips reports he never liked her--brings out the sexy woman in MacDonald in a way that Nelson Eddy. or even Clark Gable, never could. "