Film Freak - 728 Film Ratings
Member Since: Jan 8, 2018
Location: CA, USA
Bio: local communist watches movies
|75 67%||Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983) - May 28, 2020
"Oshima, Bowie, Sakamoto, Takeshi are all very unique creators in their own right, and the combination of all four is, incredibly, as singular as that lineup would suggest. Equal parts insightful and confusing, the whole package is tied together by its idiosyncratic cast, a bizarrely fitting soundtrack, and stellar color cinematography that looks like Oshima just discovered Technicolor for the first time and wanted to play around with it as much as possible."
|55 25%||The Last of the Mohicans (1992) - May 28, 2020
"It's a pretty nice-looking piece, with dull cinematography that infuses the vast frontier setpieces with a city-at-night vibe reminiscent of Mann's other work. But even DDL can't save this from being mostly snoozeville."
|90 94%||Koshikei (1968) - May 25, 2020
"Absolutely insane that Oshima can move between the quietly powerful Ozu-esque stillness of In the Realm of the Senses and the fiery madcap satire on display here. The antics of R & friends are simultaneously accessible in exposing the absurdity of a blatantly obvious issue being politically contentious, and incredibly layered as it digs deeper into the social forces that made the issue contentious in the first place."
|70 54%||Criss Cross (1949) - May 25, 2020
"The script is a bit hokey to me. Burt Lancaster goes hard selling it though. Thoroughly competent noir otherwise."
|80 78%||In the Realm of the Senses (1976) - May 24, 2020
"Nymphomaniac, Volume 0. In which Oshima bathes the delicate relationship in the cold, grey cinematography of a repressive society."
|65 41%||King of the Hill (1993) - May 24, 2020
"A very competent piece technically (lots of Coen brothers in its DNA), but the whiplash between carefree twee childhood and straight-up morbidity (this kid is eating pictures of food!) is more jarring than enlightening."
|65 41%||Kafka (1991) - May 21, 2020
"Soderbergh's anachronistic blend of classic noir stylings and a bit of the dynamism from SL&V does a lot of the heavy lifting here for a script which seems more like a jumble of Wikipedia articles linked on the Kafka page than anything approaching the guy himself. I felt a not-insignificant amount of Solaris influence in the eerie climax, which makes me even more curious about his remake now."
|80 78%||Funeral Parade of Roses (1969) - May 20, 2020
"Watching Matsumoto at work is like watching a new language being invented. The rhythm of this film is unlike anything you've seen before, and yet when a new visual flourish arrives it feels like you've been expecting it the whole time. There's probably a metaphor between the natural emotions felt by Matsumoto's offbeat characters and the natural way in which he films a totally offbeat style."
|65 41%||Trance (2013) - May 20, 2020
"Splashes of neon cinematography make everything better...well, maybe not that script. I do love heist movies that twist their way into nonsense but the hour of romantic hypnosis is just too much for me. "
|75 67%||Red Road (2006) - May 19, 2020
"For a film that almost entirely hinges on its one big revelation, everything leading up has such an overwhelming sense of loneliness that makes the twist all the more affecting. I imagine this becomes a completely different film on rewatch."