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ericambler

Cinema Addict - 1738 Rankings

Member Since: Mar 30, 2011

Location: USA

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46 T2 Planet of the Apes (2001) - Jul 20, 2017
"The weirdest thing about Tim Burton's PLANET OF THE APES is that it feels more like yeoman's work than an auteur's passion. There is a lot to like in the movie's details--specifically, the intense commitment of the actors in Rick Baker's dazzling ape makeup--but overall it's thematically bankrupt and devoid of the introspection that is the soul of enduring sci-fi stories. This is what happens when you turn an allegory into an action flick: a misfire, albeit a technically impressive one. "
77 T7 Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) - Jul 20, 2017
"Spider-Man is a character rigid in foundation but somehow endlessly malleable--a sandbox for creative minds. SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is what you'd expect from him in the hands of the MCU, as it's both an endearing kid superhero fable and a compulsory synergistic Easter Egg hunt, while boasting Marvel's most compelling villain in years thanks to Michael Keaton's masterful heel turn. It's also pretty dang funny: at times a self-parody, it splendidly captures Spidey's awkwardly earnest joie de vive."
56 T3 Power Rangers (2017) - Jul 20, 2017
"POWER RANGERS is more about being a teenager than a superhero. That's intriguing on paper, but in practice it's a clumsy but sincere distillation of the youth issues du jour. All the accouterments of Ranger-dom--the suits, the zords, the combat--are treated, in puzzling fashion, almost as an afterthought. As such, the weightless action doesn't stand for anything. It's not campy, or mercenary, or fulfilling; it's just...there. Good old-fashioned teen angst can only carry the film so far."
75 T6 Okja (2017) - Jul 06, 2017
"OKJA is an embodiment of the ridiculous and the sublime, the type of film that's a touching story of indomitable friendship one moment, and a scattershot satire the next. The film tackles a variety of issues (corporate ethics, factory farming, animal activism) to mixed success, but its heart is truly in the relationship between a young Korean girl and her miraculous--and skillfully rendered--"superpig." Cut though all the competing agendas, and you'll find the movie's huge, irresistible heart."
72 T5 Logan (2017) - Jul 06, 2017
"I admire LOGAN for the risks it takes in delivering a fitting elegy for Hugh Jackman's take on the Wolverine character, with a grim tone that's used to evince maturity instead of standing as a lazy signifier for "badass." It doesn't completely avoid the indulgences of the genre--cardboard villains, functional dialogue, predictable escapes--and its final conclusions may be a little pat. But at least they feel honest."
69 T5 The Beguiled (2017) - Jul 06, 2017
"THE BEGUILED wrings every ounce of tension out of its slow-to-develop conflict, but much like its stalwart Southern belles, the movie spends a lot effort trying to turn a meager harvest into a sumptuous feast. While the drama is anticlimactic, there's an appropriately gothic vibe to proceedings. Instead of a threatening house of horrors, we see the gradual breakdown of gentle human manners among all players--an advantage, perhaps, of Sofia Coppola's choice to privilege the women's point of view."
85 T9 Baby Driver (2017) - Jul 06, 2017
"BABY DRIVER pursues the fantasy of glamorous criminality to a more sobering end, centered on a young getaway driver who quickly wakes up to the terrifying reality of his world. It's baby DRIVE, basically, if that movie starred an endearing cheeseball with a flair for the balletic. Writer-director Edgar Wright exhibits his gift for slick dialogue and humane wit, while adding a truly innovative approach to sound (and soundtrack) design for a blockbuster action flick."
83 T9 Walker (1987) - Jul 06, 2017
"Subtle it's not, but WALKER is a powerful statement on the peculiar nature of American imperialism, and the destruction it leaves in it wake. Released in the thick of an intense public debate regarding the U.S. role in Nicaragua's devastating civil war, it's easy to see how the film appeared to some as strident propaganda. Today, WALKER can be appropriately recognized as an audacious satire, elevated by director Alex Cox's offbeat vision and ex-Clash frontman Joe Strummer's haunting score."
55 T3 Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017) - Jun 27, 2017
"Like a garish coat of neon paint on a sports car, THE DEMONS STRIKE BACK aggressively ratchets up the personality of what was already pretty dang conspicuous. The result is an overabundance of special effects in search of an elusive coherence. The movie's cardinal sin, however, is failing to be as funny as its predecessor, which would have been key in balancing its go-for-broke action sequences and high-concept melodrama."
79 T8 The Little Hours (2017) - Jun 27, 2017
"THE LITTLE HOURS aspires to be more than just the incongruity of its medieval setting and its decidedly modern humor. Indeed, it is unexpectedly intimate and character-driven, as if an illuminated manuscript was transcribed with attention to 21st century cadence and dialect. (The credits note the film is an adaptation of the Decameron.) Though it tracks several different storylines, they combine quite gracefully and nothing seems too big for the movie's pleasantly oddball, insular world."