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ericambler

Cinema Addict - 1718 Rankings

Member Since: Mar 30, 2011

Location: USA

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82 T8 Lust, Caution (2007) - May 21, 2017
"LUST, CAUTION is a magnificent war epic that has no trouble turning on a dime to become an intense erotic thriller. Ang Lee creates an emotional tapestry that's as sumptuous as his visuals, thanks to the film's two main stars: Tony Leung and Tang Wei. Their smoldering performances deserve much credit--not just for their passionate physicality, but also for their ability to invest us in their ferocious romance with just a single look."
77 T7 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) - May 11, 2017
"In typical GUARDIANS fashion, VOL. 2 takes a rote sequel idea--exploring a hero's hazy backstory--and shapes it into something worthy of its impish worldview. The result is another crowd-pleasing exaltation, an acceptably zany detour in the Marvel Universe, and the only thread that feels like a truly independent vision. While it doesn't have the sneak-attack charm of its predecessor, it's nice to see that there's still plenty of heart left in the galaxy."
69 T5 Dune (1984) - May 11, 2017
"Neophytes will be completely lost, SF diehards will remain unsatisfied, and yet, I still have a certain yeoman's appreciation for DUNE's laborious attempts to distill a famously byzantine epic down to its emotional essence. While it's not terribly successful (or coherent), there's something to be said about the way it makes its setting feel completely alien--in its characters' speech and dress, its chintzy but memorable visual effects, and its leaks of surreal Lynchian dread."
76 T7 Free Fire (2016) - May 11, 2017
"One of the more thoughtful storytelling experiments in the action genre, FREE FIRE asks 'What if people in movies were as horrible shots as they are in real life?' The answer includes a lot of yelling, crawling, and coping with non-lethal wounds in real time, creating plenty of comedic curiosity and inevitable periods of boredom. But filmmakers Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump know when to turn the spigot back on, as the movie rediscovers the intrigue that made it sound appealing in the first place."
22 T1 Coyote Ugly (2000) - May 11, 2017
"Much like Coyote Ugly the bar franchise, COYOTE UGLY the film is largely an excuse for men of all ages (acting upon any combination of loneliness, horniness, and drunkenness) to ogle young, fetching women. The thin veneer of plot about an aspiring singer's attempt to overcome stage fright--stage fright!!--cannot conceal the film's bone-deep creepiness."
71 T5 The Founder (2016) - Apr 28, 2017
"THE FOUNDER strives for nuance in spinning the tale of Ray Kroc, the man who seized on the cheerfully mercenary spirit of mid-century American business to create a corporate fast food behemoth. The movie suffers from standard biopic compression issues, but Michael Keaton's intensely committed performance as a high priest of salesmanship provides a nice through-line in its portrait of unapologetic ambition. Still, though the tale is far from hagiographic, it could stand to be a little more arch."
86 T9 Rear Window (1954) - Apr 28, 2017
"Hitchcock's classic story-in-a-bottle masterfully celebrates and condemns voyeurism. REAR WINDOW presents a snapshot of masculinity in crisis, braiding themes of paranoia and impotence amid James Stewart's subtly condescending charm. And while the film gives its audience the expected murder mystery payoff, it's the unsettling margin notes--like the travails of 'Miss Lonelyhearts'--that truly stick with the viewer."
62 T3 Judge Dredd (1995) - Apr 28, 2017
"JUDGE DREDD's soul is torn between the cartoonishly violent nihilism at the heart of its source material and the commercial demands of making a broadly appealing blockbuster with a creatively, uh, "helpful" megastar. Its visuals and sound are genuinely exhilarating--at least for anyone nostalgic for a pre-CGI era. While the film flirts enough with high camp to make it interesting, it ultimately embraces formulaic cheese. "
82 T8 Colossal (2016) - Apr 21, 2017
"COLOSSAL is a genuinely surprising film in that it wastes no time revealing its most delightful secrets, reveling in boilerplate indie frivolity before unveiling its more serious, thought-provoking intentions. The tonal journey isn't always the smoothest, but that is more than forgiven by the film's courage in pulling out the rug and giving its audience a meatier, more discomfiting thematic experience. Anne Hathaway truly shines in this raucous exploration of power, guilt, and restitution."
48 T2 Mr. Right (2016) - Apr 21, 2017
"MR. RIGHT squanders a trove of potential with a devastatingly dumb meet cute, and devolves into a self-congratulatory echo chamber of tonal jambalaya and jokey wannabe Tarantino-ism. It is, at least, genuinely bizarre in a somewhat conscious way. Anna Kendrick's unhinged performance is particularly delightful, but is hardly given enough room to breathe, and the film's annoying tics quickly build up in a way that makes it difficult to embrace."