Cinema Addict - 1715 Film Ratings
Member Since: Apr 4, 2006
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
|45 16%||Death Wish (2018) - Jan 22, 2019
"I can't remember ever seeing the original, but I'm sure it can't be quite as silly as this. I think amidst the nonsense it was trying to make some point about guns, but I'm buggered if I know what it was. Despite the subject matter and the violence, it doesn't feel anywhere gritty enough, the tone not heavy enough. As such it comes off as a fairly lightweight revenge flick that stretches suspension of disbelief. Fun for a while, with a decent cast, but largely forgettable."
|52 23%||Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye (1973) - Jan 22, 2019
"Directed well, and with some nice visual style, this is let down by its various elements not coming together effectively. I'm still not sure what that ape was meant to be about, and the dubbed version I saw featured a couple of instances of sub-Brigadoon Scottish accent. The guy dubbing Gainsbourg wasn't too bad, though. The cast was actually okay. A curious giallo, maybe a bit tame and wishy-washy to be counted among the classics, but a reasonably diverting effort."
|75 71%||Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989) - Jan 16, 2019
"Bizarre, unsettling, surreal, gruesome, kinetically shot in suitably grimy monochrome. Looks, sounds and feels like Eraserhead and The Fly mashed with Akira in a Nine Inch Nails/Aphex Twin music video. There's even a wee bit of jet black humour amidst the body horror. It's not easy to watch, but it is engrossing, and rather entertaining. This is going to give me nightmares."
|70 58%||Torso (1973) - Jan 15, 2019
"Nicely shot, stylish and endearingly sleazy giallo, the camera effectively capturing the genre staples of blood, naked flesh and well-chosen Italian locations. It manages to summon up some tense moments, and even if the characters feel a bit thinly drawn the acting is fine. I didn't immediately buy the killer's motivation, but it grew on me when considering it later. There was a unitentionally slapstick fight towards the end which gave me a laugh. I seem to like Martino's films. Decent. "
|70 58%||Bird Box (2018) - Jan 13, 2019
"Despite some flaws, and perhaps a few clichés getting aired, I felt quite well-disposed towards this. It was certainly tense, and I was engaged with the protagonists' struggle; despite the fine Bullock's character not being particularly sympathetic, I was still rooting for her. There are obvious comparisons with The Happening, but this carries its premise off much more effectively. The direction is sound if unspectacular. I have a feeling this might not stay with me, but it's worth a look. "
|55 27%||Man of Violence (1971) - Jan 11, 2019
"Starts promisingly, but meanders through a not particularly interesting (and unnecessarily convoluted) plot to an unsatisfying conclusion. Its main flaw? Wasn't gritty enough. There are bits to enjoy, though. Walker knows how to direct, the cast do some fine work, and the setting and locations work well. The score sounds a bit like it was from the 1960s Batman series at points. I liked Luan Peters, even when clothed. Sorry. This is worth a look, but there are better English crime films."
|85 93%||The Blues Brothers (1980) - Jan 11, 2019
"Goddamn this film is a lot of fun. The cast, the cameos, the chaos, the music. It really shouldn't work, but it comes together beautifully. It has a fairly unique charm. Gets bonus points for having those credits at the end where they show the folk. Full disclosure: I have a T-shirt that says "Orange Whip", with a picture of John Candy. Highly recommended."
|45 16%||Man from Deep River (1972) - Jan 09, 2019
"Despite the deeply unpleasant real animal deaths in this, the most offensive aspect was still Rassimov's ridiculous dyed barnet. That aside, this is a lot tamer, if no less ludicrous, than the more notorious cannibal flicks that followed in its wake. There's some fake-looking gore and a load of nudity punctuated by a rather underwhelming love story and Blondie's assimilation into the tribe a la A Man Called Horse. Watchable, and Lenzi does a decent job, but probably only for fans of the genre. "
|48 18%||Beyond the Door III (1989) - Jan 07, 2019
"I saw this as "Amok Train", seemingly having nowt to do with the first two Beyond the Door films (which I now feel compelled to check out). This is objectively naff, but gets by on the strength of a lunatic premise and some shoddy, brutal deaths. The acting is okay; Svenson's hammy turn is probably a highlight. The effects are laughable and the whole thing is a bit daft, but this somehow remains a fun slice of schlock."
|70 58%||Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) - Jan 07, 2019
"Interesting, death-packed, somewhat bizarre thriller with a some intriguing style and atmosphere. Slightly disconcerted to see Paula Sheppard (all attitude, teeth and cheekbones) in this immediately after watching Liquid Sky, her only other film. I like these mad 1970s proto-slashers. Decent, and worth a look."