joi, 28 iulie 2011

22-28 July

TwentyFourSeven(1997)-8/10->TwentyFourSeven is a promising debut for Shane Meadows for it is emotional,yet it shows a harsh and violent side of the black and white features.

Who Saw Her Die(1972)-4/10->WSHD has ok cinematography and the music helps to set the right mood,but other than those two things,it has a farfetched script and chaotic editing.

A Room For Romeo Brass(1999)-9/10->ARFRB is quite compelling for starters,but yet again we see the dark side of friendship and it benefits from a bravura(debut) performance from Paddy Considine.Terrific ending.

Once Upon A Time In The Midlands(2002)-5/10->This story has been told one too many times.The only good things in this movie are Ifans's and Carlyle's performances and also the cinematography.

Dead Man's Shoes(2004)-8.5/10->Meadows crafts an unsettling atmosphere with the black and white scenes and an even darker one with the music,the violence and Considine's performance.It is a brilliant slasher with fantastic cinematography and a great final twist.

This Is England(2007)-10/10->This Is England is entertaining,smartly edited,Graham's performance is amazing and the soundtrack is awesome.A great achievement for European cinema.

Somers Town(2009)-8.5/10->Somers Town is a story about unusual friendships that bases itself only on its cinematography,humour,music and dialogue.Short,but effective.

Le-Donk And Scor-Zay-Zee(2009)-7/10->Meadows's entry in the comedic mockumentary genre is mostly inspired by its music and humor,but also the realistic performances.

In The Mood For Love(2000)-9.5/10->With electric editing,fantastic cinematography and music,Wong Kar-Wai creates an impressive atmosphere in which the chemistry between the characters shines.Terrific acting.

Too Big To Fail(2011)-8/10->With a smart and tense dialogue,Too Big To Fail uses its solid cast to make the most of the dialogue.Suspenseful from the beginning till the end.

Collateral(2004)-9/10->With stylish cinematography,kinetic editing,a cool soundtrack and Cruise's slick performance,Collateral turns into an extremely thrilling and intriguing crime-thriller.

Welcome To The Dollhouse(1995)-8.5/10->Even though it has a dark tone,WTTD is a witty and intelligent piece of art.A collection of bizarre characters.

Storytelling(2001)-8/10->Storytelling's first segment is a bit too dark,unjustified and harsh,but the second one's wit,its acting and its story make up for the first one.And also,Solondz is capable to find new bizarre characters.

Palindromes(2004)-9/10->Solondz turns this extremely freakish story into a witty and unique film.Very well acted.

Life During Wartime(2009)-9/10->This uncalled for sequel for Happiness,is better in some aspects,but it fails to shock as much as Happiness did.

Der Siebente Kontinent(1989)-10/10->Haneke's debut fiercely discusses moral issues,its disturbing,it features one of the best scenes i have ever seen in films and its narrative part is taken very seriously.A hidden gem,indeed.

Benny's Video(1992)-9.5/10->This is an insightful and unsettling look at the line between fantasy and reality and the consequences of violent films.

71 Fragmente Einer Chronologie Der Zufalls(1994)-9/10->With this Haneke explores social differences territory throughout this silent and unusual piece of art.

Lumiere Et Compagnie(1995)-8/10->A joyful and intriguing celebration,LEC gives 40 artists a few seconds to express their feelings.Most of them succeed,but some of them fail.A great test for auteurs.

vineri, 15 iulie 2011

15-21 July

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows:Part II(2011)-10/10->This last part shows extreme faithfullness to its predecessors,the 3D is amazing and it answers a lot of questions.Fantastic.

Dead Snow(2009)-5/10->Dead Snow is a lot of fun and it's really bloody,but its just mindless.The acting helps a bit.

Cinema Komunisto(2010)-8/10->Cinema Komunisto builds up nicely,using archive images as its basic storytelling technique and the music is pretty good.

Night Of The Living Dead(1968)-9.5/10->NOFTD uses realistic elements,terrific music and thrilling dialogue to create a compelling story of survival and it might feature two of the best character studies about zombies and humans in movies.Not as scary as it should be.

Dawn Of The Dead(1978)-10/10->More entertaining(and scarier) than its predecessor,Dawn Of The Dead is everything the precedent was and more.

Day Of The Dead(1985)-8/10->Day Of The Dead isn't as good as the first two,but it works both as a horror and a drama.

Land Of The Dead(2005)-9/10->Introducing us to a new breed of zombies and a new world,Land Of The Dead is smarter than Day Of The Dead and even better in camerawork and acting.

1408(2007)-8/10->Cusack's performance really stands out throughout this frightening,well-made adaptation of Stephen King's story.

Ashes Of Time(1994)-3/10->Amazing camerawork can't make up for a boring,pointless and so-called poetic storyline.

Diary Of The Dead(2007)-6/10->With Diary Of The Dead,Romero brings us a combination between mockumentaries and FPS videogames.There is some bad acting and it isn't scary enough,but Romero also smartly combines political issues with gore.

Survival Of The Dead(2009)-4/10->It is often funny and the camerawork is pretty good,but we've seen everything in here before.

Dawn Of The Dead(2004)-9.5/10->Dawn Of The Dead is electric because of its visual part and acting and also its ability to respect the original and also go out on a limb on its own.Zack Snyder's best film so far.

Shaun Of The Dead(2004)-9/10->It's original,inventive,surprisingly scary and extremely funny.Terrific acting.

The Crazies(1973)-7/10->The Crazies is original and scary,but its acting lets it down and also its sudden plot twists.

The Crazies(2010)-8.5/10->The remake is much more scarier than the original,more unsettling,darker and well acted.Its final plot twist is too unbelievable.

Martin(1977)-8.5/10->Romero's entry in the vampire horror genre is not strictly about blood sucking fiends it's actually desecrates the rules of vampires,by developing an intriguing premise into a compelling story that mixes moral values with scares.Good ending.

Creepshow(1982)-10/10->Creepshow is a mix of hilarious dark humor and effective scares,that features a great script from Stephen King and psychedelic editing.One of the best anthologies yet to come and Romero's second best work after Dawn Of The Dead.

Monkey Shines(1988)-8/10->This might not seem like a Romero film in the first 40 minutes,but it slowly develops into a startling study on humanity and fear.

Bruiser(2000)-6/10->Its editing is impressive and Stormare gives it all in his secondary role,but it lacks scares and its plot is tangled up.

sâmbătă, 9 iulie 2011

8-14 July

Cannibal Holocaust(1980)-6/10->Cannibal Holocaust is extremely disturbing,but it could also considered as a cult movie and as a source of inspiration for The Blair Witch Project and other realistic horror/thriller movies.

Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle(2004)-8/10->Harold And Kumar is funny from the beginning till the end and it features great cameos(especially Neil Patrick Harris) and it actually centers on only one of it's characters journey,Harold's,which is pretty surprising for a stoner comedy.

Harold And Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay(2008)-3/10->Sure it has 2 or 3 funny moments,but it's formulaic,unfunny and boring.A shame to its predecessor.

Duo For Paolocello And Petronome(1994)-9/10->With great editing and camerawork,smartly tells a story about friendship during the communist era,through poetry,games and books.

Incendies(2010)-8/10->Despite it's length,Incendies keeps you in your seat because of it's suspense and fantastic acting.

[Rec](2007)-9/10->[Rec] is suspenseful and it will scare you properly.Also its final plot twist is pretty smart and shocking.

Thank You From Smoking(2005)-9/10->TYFS is inappropriately hilarious and it has Aaron Eckhart in his best,cynical form.

Kaboom(2010)-4/10->If it weren't for all the sci-fi crap,Kaboom would have been a well-acted,somewhat funny teen comedy.

[Rec] 2(2010)-9/10->[Rec] 2 is much more smarter than its predecessor,but not as scary because it tries to explain more.

Quarantine(2008)-2/10->Quarantine is a mot-a-mot remake of a fantastic film.Even if it is mot-a-mot,it has lousy acting and it isn't half as scary as the original.

Drive Angry(2011)-5/10->Drive Angry is fun and it does tell an interesting story but its acting is poor and the dialogue is crappy.

Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss's Song(1971)-8/10->Unique camerawork,the script and Peebles's direction and acting make this worth your while.Also,it has an amazing soundtrack.

Hobo With A Shotgun(2011)-7/10->Hobo With A Shotgun is a ton of fun and Hauer is amazing,but its plot is kind of bonkers.

Into The Wild(2007)-9.5/10->Deep and emotional,Into The Wild features wonderful camerawork,amazing dialogue and a gut-wrenching performance by Emile Hirsch,which might be considered his breakout performance.Also,it studies its main character very slowly and thoroughly.

Black Sheep(2006)-7/10->With its humor and unexpected grotesque violence,Black Sheep,turns out to be quite an enjoyable film.Also,it's completely lunatic,because it takes itself extremely seriously.

Pusher(1996)-8/10->Pusher builds up its pace slowly,but its acting and script make it worth while.And it does really stand out through its brutal storytelling.

Pusher II:With Blood On My Hands(2004)-9/10->More powerful than its predecessor,Pusher II is amazing because of its editing and Mads Mikkelsen's performance.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre(1974)-9/10->TTCM is pretty well acted and played through.Even if the first 30-40 minutes won't impress you,the last 20-30 will,because of their grotesque reality.

You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger(2010)-8/10->YWMATDS is extremely funny and it features Anthony Hopkins's best performance in a long time.

Felidae(1994)-9/10->Felidae is bold,slick and thrilling,because if its constant suspense and talented voice cast.It may be considered to be animation's response to the noir genre.

Pusher III:I'm The Angel Of Death(2005)-8/10-Pusher III is darker than all of the other in the trilogy and it benefits from Zlatko Buric's best performance in all three of them.

Rubber(2010)-7/10->Amusing and it does feature a really smart premise,but if it weren't for the so-called "audience" sub-plot,Rubber would have been better.

Ray(2004)-9.5/10->Ray is beautiful,ecstatic due to its musical numbers and still,it is a haunting piece on redemption and addiction.Also,Jamie Foxx's performance is amazing.I think it's one of the best performances we've seen by now in biopics.

The Limey(1999)-8/10->Mysterious,subtle and smart,The Limey creates a thrilling atmosfere based only on the dialogue and acting.

Entre Les Murs(2008)-10/10->An incredible depiction of quite simple events,Entre Les Murs is energetic and it brings up moral matters that aren't usually discussed in class.Fantastic acting all around.

1-7 July

Transformers 3D:Dark Of The Moon(2011)-5/10->Except some funny moments involving Ken Jeong and Alan Tudyk and some of it's special effects,Transformers 3 doesn't bring anything new to the table.

Hanna(2011)-7/10->Despite an amazing soundtrack(which is actually better than Daft Punk's soundtrack for Tron:Legacy),Saorise Ronan finally maneuvering a kick-ass part and some thrilling action sequences,Hanna kind of lets us down.

Chungking Express(1994)-5/10->Chungking's first 40 minutes are interesting and it's camerawork is fantastic,but Chungking is really slow-paced and it loses sub-plots towards the end.And characters.

Glengarry Glen Ross(1992)-10/10->Mamet's script and the whole cast make this a great suspenseful office drama.

Narc(2002)-8/10->Narc's plot twists are really unexpected and it's editing and camerawork are really impressive.It also features Ray Liotta in his best role since Goodfellas.

Valhalla Rising(2009)-7/10 ->Valhalla Rising is smart,spectacular in scenery and Mads Mikkelsen is amazing(as always) in his role as the mute warrior,but even if the premise is intriguing,it doesn't live up to it.Also it might be easier to understand for nordic mythology fans.

It's Kind Of A Funny Story(2010)-8/10->IKOAFS can't really set it's tone,amusing or depressing,but it still provides some food for thought and it also features a better than ever Zach Galifianakis.Also,it's very different from Fleck and Boden's previous work.