Cinema Addict - 1024 Film Ratings
Member Since: Apr 7, 2013
|50 8%||If He Hollers, Let Him Go! (1968) - Sep 22, 2021
"This should be much, much stronger. As a film it could be a Hitchcockian blaxploitation picture where an innocent man stumbles onto the perfect crime while outwitting ineptly bigoted cops. But it's poorly made; including horrendous dialogue, bad villains, and crew members showing up in several shots. And the bizarre Out of Sight-style editing includes flashbacks within flashbacks. Also, for a movie that pushes black liberation it is egregiously sexist. Avoid at all costs."
|50 8%||Putney Swope (1969) - Sep 21, 2021
"I was recommended this as a '60's version of Sorry To Bother You. It is not. As a satire the artistry is a mess; poorly improvised scenes, no real story, an unsympathetic hero, and a haphazard avant-garde style. And the politics are poor as it confuses various strands of the era's counterculture. It's also unaware of how an ad agency (or any corporation) works. Most of all it is unforgivable as it has no laughs. Even with two parts referenced in Boogie Nights, you should avoid."
|80 64%||Take a Giant Step (1959) - Sep 20, 2021
"As a play adaptation, it's mainly filmed in one living room set. That visual look reminds you that were it not for racism this could've been one of the greatest tv shows of the 50's. It ambitiously touches on teen movie plot points (school, parental conflicts, romance), but shows how racism impacts them--like the confrontation with a bigoted teacher. The performances are great including a young Ruby Dee and Estelle Hemsley (who should've won an Oscar). Kudos to Burt Lancaster for producing this."
|66 30%||No Way Out (1950) - Sep 19, 2021
"It starts off poorly as you're asked to root for the black hero because of his achievements--not his humanity. As a picture it is lacking: the overly ambitious script jumps from crime mystery to social drama to a Cape Fear style psychological thriller ending. The editing drags by staying on scenes too long. And the lackluster villain's racist remarks are always uninspired. Recommended if you want to see Hollywood address '50's racial issues and are okay with a title that doesn't make sense."
|70 38%||Eyes Wide Shut (1999) - Sep 18, 2021
"Like other Y2K-era films, this explores a hero gaslighted about his reality. However, unlike 2001 or The Shining's treatment of that theme, Kubrick missteps here. The jealousy plot doesn't fit the character's ages. And the underworld parts mistake slow with suspense. It's so oddly constructed I've wondered if Kubrick's untimely death impacted the final production. Still, it has a dreamy soft light look & performances that benefit from the exhaustive takes. Recommended for the director's fans."
|50 8%||The War of the Worlds (1953) - Sep 18, 2021
"The War of the Worlds book works as speculative fiction (on mankind's ability to face hostile extraterrestrials) and a political allegory (on a previously invincible empire falling). This adaptation, however, misses both points; instead becoming a story on Martians attacking a couple after their Meet Cute. The special effects hold up, but that's it. The writing is clunky, the editing is abrupt, and it doesn't have the strong sense of world-building that The Day the Earth Stood Still had. Avoid. "
|79 60%||Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) - Sep 17, 2021
"Only Kubrick could think a 1950's novel documenting anxieties over the bomb & societal collapse would make a hilarious comedy. Cinematically, it's cool, especially the black & white look that echoes the era's television news footage. But Peter Sellers is the star here, getting laughs playing three different characters. Still, I think Film Bros miss how this is a damning indictment of toxic masculinity--beginning with a villain who blames a conspiracy for his own impotence. A great time capsule."
|80 64%||Dementia (1955) - Sep 15, 2021
"This fits with social thrillers like A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night or Promising Young Woman in illustrating the terrors women go through. The 50's black & white feel is comparable to The Twilight Zone, albeit with an indie sensibility. Technically it's competently made: especially in shot composition. The dialogue without sound and music are jarring, but those are minor quibbles as the overall mood is fantastic. This'd be an ideal screen for film students to learn about visual storytelling."
|86 76%||Let the Fire Burn (2013) - Sep 15, 2021
"This is a wonderful documentary that pulls together the entire film using only a few archive sources. As I watched a few weeks after the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, I was reminded of how a militarized police force can create a horror story. And kudos for not going to interview the participants now, as I think those in power would've tried to cover their asses regarding the original injustice. A fantastic document on how authorities overreact to political movements. "
|80 64%||Outrage (1950) - Sep 14, 2021
"This isn't a classic studio picture that distills rape into an easily digestible topic. Instead Ida Lupino's writing, editing, and photography create a nightmare world that translates the lead's PTSD for an audience. Yet the second half loses this insightful thematic core as it turns into a melodrama about a woman far away from home. Still, the ending is very progressive as it shows how men engineer toxic systems only to blame women for participating. Admirable, underrated, and worth a watch."