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Criticker Zealot - 5147 Film Ratings

Member Since: May 18, 2006

Location: Finland

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60 68% Rad (1986) - Mar 24, 2023
"I would have loved this as a kid, but never saw it before. I don't think it was as big in Europe as it was in U.S. It's a prime example of an underdog sports film with BMX bikes in it's core. The story is nothing special, but it has a nice flow, the soundtrack is cool and it just oozes 80's atmosphere. Lori Loughlin is very cute and BIll Allen is relatable, and seems to be doing some of the stunts himself. Our kids seemed to really enjoy it as well, which is quite impressive for a film from '86."
59 62% Shiva Baby (2021) - Mar 20, 2023
"It was hard to relate to this, but it did provide an interesting glimpse into the Jewish culture; funeral party and expectations for young women. It’s sold as a comedy, but it’s arguably closer to a horror film thanks to the level of stress and anxiety it provides. Much of that is achieved by keeping the camera very close to the protagonist. It only gets “funny” towards the end, so don’t expect a laugh riot. I was a bit dissapointed that after all the build-up, the payoff wasn't bigger."
20 1% Challenge the Devil (1963) - Mar 20, 2023
"Worst genre film that I've seen for a while, and a poor pick to continue my dive into Italian gothic horror. Christopher Lee has very little screentime and spends it looking bored and providing monologues. The rest of the film follows our group of young decandents wandering endlessly in the castle (studio) corridors. It's told as a flashback and the surrounding present day scenes feel like pure filler to get the film to 80mins. Only highlight was the amusing dance/orgy scene."
60 68% The Man from Hong Kong (1975) - Mar 16, 2023
"Surprisingly solid early BTS film. It looks good and takes good use of Australian vistas and Sydney & HK cityscapes. It could have used some tightening, but I really enjoyed the fights and chases which offer an enjoyable mix of Ozploitation stunts and HK martial arts skills. Wang Yu is good, Lazenby is solid and seems to be doing at least some of his own moves. Small parts for Sammo Hung and Aussie stunt legend Grant Page. Action set pieces hold their own against Bond films of the era."
40 12% New York Ninja (2022) - Mar 16, 2023
"I was really looking forward to this, but sadly it doesn't reach the "heights" of something like Miami Connection. Maybe the task was impossible to begin with; Vinegar Syndrome has done a good job reconstructing a film out of the original footage, but there are cases where they are unable to make it work. The ending being perhaps the biggest example. I still enjoyed the period details and "Plutonium Killer" was an unique villain in a WTF fashion. Voyag3r's soundtrack was spot on."
55 50% Hired Killer (1966) - Mar 16, 2023
"Mainly of interest for two things: it's an early italocrime which has more in common with film noir than poliziotteschi films of the 70's. It also has Franco Nero in an early role as the partner of Webber's hitman. My favorite part was the N.Y set beginning which follows Webber as he prepares his hit from a rooftop. Sadly the film then drops the aspect completely and concentrates on figuring out the identity of the antagonist. The film looks quite nice and has a Jazzy soundtrack."
60 68% Dead End Drive-In (1986) - Mar 10, 2023
"The idea is neat and the film looks very good and very 80's: neon lights and tuned vintage cars. Synth soundtrack provides solid support. It’s definitely a different kind of “post-apocalyptic” film. They did a good job building a believable world, but the script is not up to the same quality and they are not able to take full advantage of the drive-in setting, give required depth to the characters or make us worry about their outcome."
58 60% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) - Mar 09, 2023
"I sure enjoyed this more than I expected. Sonic is sympathetic and his interaction with Marsden & Sumpter works surprisingly well. It's well directed and has a nice flow. The small town setting is a plus. It was also refreshing to see Jim Carrey in a pure comedic role for a change."
53 41% Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022) - Mar 09, 2023
"I thought this was a clear step down from the first film. Adding new CGI-characters to the mix and increasing action set pieces took away much of the charm. Marsden & co. have smaller roles, while Carrey is the only human character given more - and while I liked him, perhaps too much - screen time. It's all very scattered and there was no need for 2 hrs runtime. I really hope they tone it down for the third one."
52 38% The F.J. Holden (1977) - Mar 09, 2023
"Interesting, if not wholly successful. I expected it to be an Australian "American Graffiti", and while it’s not that far off, it’s a lot grittier and set in (then present) 70’s. It follows idle youth who spend their time at the mall, cruising and partying. But unlike their U.S. cousins, these guys drink a lot, drink & drive and have casual sex. It’s light on plot, done in a semi-documentary style and could have used more focus and editing. The final images reminded me of Truffaut’s 400 Blows."