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ericambler

Cinema Addict - 1783 Rankings

Member Since: Mar 30, 2011

Location: USA

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72 T5 The Deer Hunter (1978) - Nov 22, 2017
"THE DEER HUNTER features some of the most abrupt gear shifts in cinema, pivoting from the rich visual poetry of a Pennsylvania mill town to a horrific Vietnamese prison camp to...an underground Russian roulette syndicate? While its ambition and performances are undeniably grand, there is something off in the execution, compounded by Cimino's bizarre detour into heavy-handed metaphors for toxic machismo and jarring rites of passage. Maybe a masterpiece in its time, but not for all time."
63 T3 Life (2017) - Nov 22, 2017
"LIFE functions like a mashup of ALIEN and GRAVITY, a solid piece of claustrophobic and pseudo-sciencey space terror with gorgeous visuals. Nevertheless, the script doesn't put a very fresh spin on the trapped-in-a-spaceship concept. Despite its admirable professionalism, LIFE is more like a reliably reheated leftover than a fresh cinematic treat."
66 T4 Stay Hungry (1976) - Nov 22, 2017
"The humor of STAY HUNGRY hasn't aged well, but in contrasting a working-class fitness club with an upper-crust country club, it shows how a movie can endure based on novelty value alone. Casually set in the Deep South, the movie benefits from energetic early-career turns by Jeff Bridges and Sally Field, as well as the pleasure of spotting Arnold Schwarzenegger prior to the development of his cultural aura. Worth a curiosity watch to catch all of its IMDb mainstays. "
57 T3 Billy Jack (1971) - Nov 22, 2017
"BILLY JACK is an uneven, ham-fisted, and hypnotic slice of oddball '70s Americana, something that could only have been born in its precise time and place. It's an unforgettable piece of outsider art--the scribblings of sincere individuals who sympathize with the '60s counterculture while only partially understanding it. Best approached as a cultural document: aside from a lyrical opening credits sequence, its merits as a film are often questionable."
79 T8 Suburbicon (2017) - Nov 21, 2017
"Oh, how I love it when a marketing team has no idea how to sell a movie. That usually means it's something delightfully off-center like SUBURBICON, which points an accusatory finger at "respectable" Americans for facilitating their society's moral rot. Yes, it's a silly satire wrapped up in implausible melodrama. But while it's easy to accuse the movie of being heavy-handed, it's harder to criticize its convictions. People will, however, because most of us can't stand the implication."
73 T6 Blade Runner 2049 (2017) - Nov 21, 2017
"Within BLADE RUNNER 2049 is an interesting original sci-fi film trapped inside a lega-sequel shell. Its narrative assumes quite a bit of pretense, and takes a long time to unwind, but it's a bit of a blessing in disguise, as it spaces out the clumsily derivative parts. It also helps that the film is a sensory delight: Denis Villeneuve once again proves that he is a master stylist, bringing a painterly eye to a project that greatly benefits from any little spark of originality."
80 T8 The Big Sick (2017) - Nov 09, 2017
"THE BIG SICK is a winning romantic comedy that perfectly distills the deferential charm of its star, Kumail Nanjiani, in a low-key comedy of manners. With free reign to be his sincere, sarcastic self, he and his co-stars confront the double-edged sword of social decorum that more often acts as a complication than a catalyst for romance. It carries the typical padding of an Apatow-related project, but this also provides a more nuanced view of the Nanjiani character's traditional Pakistani family."
80 T8 Halloween (1978) - Nov 07, 2017
"John Carpenter builds suspense with old-fashioned cinematic craft in this influential and excruciatingly tense horror classic. From the sparse score to the sly camera movements to the striking compositions, HALLOWEEN doesn't so much announce its violence as plant the seed in your mind and wait...and wait...and wait for it to bloom. Artistically, it's a bit more substantial than its reputation as a visceral gallery of slasher conventions would imply. (Though it's certainly that as well.)"
76 T7 The Brother from Another Planet (1984) - Nov 07, 2017
"Visually lean and brimming with ideas, THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET immerses the viewer in an ingenious critique of the racism ingrained in American society. The overt sci-fi elements have not aged well and are hokey distractions from the rest of the movie, which is a moving portrait of alienation and a statement in defense of individuality. "
79 T8 The Breakfast Club (1985) - Nov 07, 2017
"Although it traffics in plenty of stereotypes (and perhaps that is partially the point), THE BREAKFAST CLUB gradually turns unexpectedly raw and honest, with an intuitive grasp of teenage emotion that has made it more enduring that most films of its type. Bender is definitely a sexual predator tho."