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ericambler

Cinema Addict - 1751 Rankings

Member Since: Mar 30, 2011

Location: USA

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90 T10 Paths of Glory (1957) - Sep 14, 2017
"Even as a cub working within the constraints of the studio system, Stanley Kubrick managed to capture an incredible sense of depth both visual and thematic. In a lean 90 minutes, he manages to create an intense re-creation of trench warfare, an arresting courtroom drama, and a powerful anti-war statement, garnished with one of the most tragically humanizing endings in film history. Alas, it's back into the gears of the machine for us."
48 T2 The Belko Experiment (2017) - Sep 14, 2017
"A film with a premise as eyebrow-raising as THE BELKO EXPERIMENT--unwilling corporate yutzes are tricked into a sadistic last-man-standing competition--really needs to deliver a cogent message to justify all the bloodletting. BELKO is a letdown in this department, deploying a feeble satire that is all but forgotten once the body count begins to rise. Young or naive minds may be blown, but it's business as usual for anyone familiar with this sort of hollow exercise in violent catharsis."
78 T7 Icarus (2017) - Sep 14, 2017
"ICARUS tells a story that starts as a stroke of luck and transitions into a twist of fate, before ending as a tragic warning. An amateur cyclist's plan to document what happens to an athlete on a serious PED regimen is mere prelude to the bizarre life and times of a Russian sport scientist who is equal parts bogeyman, accomplice, and whistleblower in the shadowy world of blood doping. A fascinating look beyond the moral panic of PEDs to the individual lives affected by the issue."
40 T2 The Hangover Part III (2013) - Sep 14, 2017
"The premise is well past its expiration date, but the proceedings of PART III feel surprisingly sentimental, thanks largely to the work of Ken Jeong. His dissolute mobster blows through the film like an emotional tornado and is easily the most refreshing part of a stale formula. He can't save the whole movie from eating its own tail, but he does make it more watchable. "
60 T3 The Incredible Jessica James (2017) - Sep 08, 2017
"The incredible Jessica Williams has charisma to burn, so it's a shame to see it squandered in a generic post-hipster rom-com like THE INCREDIBLE JESSICA JAMES. The script posits an ideal of romance that's as sentimental as a checklist and as hollow as a Tinder profile. Williams does the heavy lifting with her heroine, who's written as the kind of person who eschews understanding for disdain and is constantly telling everyone how great she is. Which I would believe if they just let her *show* it."
67 T4 The Full Monty (1997) - Sep 08, 2017
"There's a secret acting clinic going on within THE FULL MONTY, which is otherwise some nonsensical feel-good pabulum that appropriates post-industrial depression for cheap laughs. It wouldn't come close to succeeding without the committed work of its cast, whose thinly-sketched characters have to turn on a dime from cartoonishly wacky or prideful to convincingly contemplative or remorseful. "
75 T6 The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) - Sep 08, 2017
"Set against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence (and the subsequent civil war), THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY constructs a conventional familial melodrama around a framework of political monologues. In other words, it's a Ken Loach film. This one stands out primarily due to the fascinating historical setting which, to be frank, allows for easier digestion of the more radical concepts in Loach's immersive agitprop."
85 T9 Dunkirk (2017) - Sep 08, 2017
"More of a meditation on survival than on war, DUNKIRK ignores moralizing and sentimental in favor of pure cinematic power. This is the most gorgeous disaster movie ever made. Another novel (bordering on gimmicky) storytelling structure from Nolan increases the winding tension, which is also mirror in the ceaseless ticking of Hans Zimmer's perfectly suited score."
65 T4 Nothing But Trouble (1991) - Aug 24, 2017
"NOTHING BUT TROUBLE is a psychotronic fever dream shot straight out of Dan Aykroyd's id. Repellant and riveting in equal measure, it's certainly not the most cohesive experience, but it cultivates a perverse thrill in watching to see what the hell is going to happen next. And I haven't even mentioned the Digital Underground cameo..."
67 T4 War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) - Aug 24, 2017
"The final bow (allegedly) of the modern APES trilogy is fitting for a series that took a fascinatingly elastic sci-fi premise and turned it into another high-tech action spectacle. Striking a somber tone, WAR brings a single-minded determination to evoke pity and regret, but struggles to make these emotions fulfill a useful thematic end. It does its best with the silly, self-imposed limitations of a prequel plot, though a bright spot is Woody Harrelson's unrepentantly cruel human tyrant."