David Parkinson

David Parkinson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 90% of the time.

Publications:
Empire Magazine , Guardian [UK] , Radio Times
Total Reviews:
724
Total QuickRatings:
1

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 724
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 93% James and the Giant Peach (1996) " It's Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margolyes as the ghastly Spiker and Sponge who steal this wonderfully pantomimic show." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 18, 2013
5/5 100% Ugetsu monogatari (1954) " In exploring the transience of happiness and the injustice of patriarchal society, Mizoguchi makes lyrical use of gliding long takes that reinforce his material and mystical themes. It's a work of sheer genius." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 18, 2013
3/5 85% Santa sangre (Holy Blood) (1990) " More extravagant, but less controlled than his infamous allegorical western, El Topo." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3/5 100% Utopia " The filmmaker firebrand is in pungent form as he dismantles the hypocrisy of Australia's treatment of its indigenous peoples." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 11, 2013
2/5 40% The Rachel Papers (1989) " Why must film-makers always be such slaves to the lowest common denominator?" — Radio Times
Posted Nov 8, 2013
5/5 94% It's a Wonderful Life (1946) " This masterpiece from Frank Capra still has a lot to say about community spirit and is a film with much more to it than feel-good sentimentality." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 5, 2013
2/5 18% Love Tomorrow " A largely dour romantic drama, hampered by thrusting non-actors into challenging lead roles." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2013
4/5 99% How to Survive a Plague (2012) " A moving treatment of a deeply personal subject (France's own partner died of an AIDS-related illness in 1992), and an enthralling depiction of a seriously fired-up popular movement." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2013
3/5 96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) " Alternating between intimacy and intrusion, this is a revealing, affectionate and occasionally charming insight into a creative partnership." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 1, 2013
4/5 99% Gloria (2014) " Gloria excels, as does director Lelio, who complements the action with aptly chosen songs, while deftly preventing the film from becoming either archly comedic or mawkishly melodramatic." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 1, 2013
4/5 99% Gloria (2014) " The mesmerising García and sensitive direction by Lelio light up this delicate yet spiky drama. Terrific stuff from both Chileans." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 28, 2013
3/5 80% The Sunshine Boys (1975) " Great chemistry between the two great comic leads and some pretty decent one-liners but this doesn't manage to hold together as a feature-length concept." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 22, 2013
4/5 92% Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) " Cary Grant et al are on sparkling form in this classic darkly twisted comedy." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 22, 2013
3/5 67% Lebanese Rocket Society " Charming and quirky, this is an often whimsical look at a grave and scary subject." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2013
3/5 62% Love, Marilyn (2012) " If not quite on the level of Garbus's terrific Bobby Fischer documentary, this is still filled with fond recollections of Mazza's life and career. Fans will relish it." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2013
4/5 94% Fright Night (1985) " Neatly parodying Hitchcock and John Hughes movies, writer/director Tom Holland litters his rattling story with as many laughs as jolts." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
5/5 97% The Innocents (1961) " The film bristles with menace as it draws you inexorably towards its chilling conclusion." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
5/5 100% The Invisible Man (1933) " The success of this superb adaptation of HG Wells's novel is down to John P Fulton and John J Mescall's pioneering special effects and the eerie atmosphere conjured up by horror maestro James Whale." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
92% Cat People " Produced by Val Lewton and directed by the great Jacques Tourneur, this was one of the first Hollywood horrors to play on the audience's fears rather than expose it to ghouls and monsters." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
3/5 100% Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington (2013) " Unsurprisingly, considering the circumstances, this is less a meticulous study of photojournalist's art than an privileged and emotional look at the life of a friend and colleague." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2013
5/5 96% Dead of Night (1945) " Ealing will for ever be associated with its celebrated comedies, but this chilling quintet deserves to be considered among the studio's finest achievements." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
4/5 89% Cronos (1994) " A compelling, complex and wonderfully atmospheric film from Mexican director Guillermo del Toro that is as much about religion and the nature of cinema as it is a horror story." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 5, 2013
3/5 80% Folie à Deux - madness made of two " Interesting, occasionally ramshackle story of grand ambition and crisis." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2013
3/5 100% The Blue Black Hussar " Bond rightly concentrates on the new material and Ant's new persona, the Blueblack Hussar, whose live shows are splendidly eclectic and occasionally electrifying." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 20, 2013
4/5 68% El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013) " Shot in magisterial black-and-white, veteran director Trueba's drama is a welcome return from the Belle Epoque man." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2013
4/5 94% Museum Hours (2013) " A beguiling and often moving treatise on the relationship between art and life." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 6, 2013
3/5 80% Any Day Now (2012) " For all its commitment and compassion, Cumming's performance always feels as embellished as his climactic torch songs." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 6, 2013
3/5 100% More Than Honey (2013) " Informative and occasionally scary." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 2, 2013
65% Reality Bites (1993) " For all its faults, this still has moments of hip charm." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 28, 2013
3/5 100% The Birth of a Nation (1915) " The Birth of a Nation has become a staple of any film studies course, for its excellent performances, thrilling action sequences and epic landscapes. However it's subject matter is much more controversial now." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 19, 2013
3/5 93% Kuma " The drama simmers gently, as Kurdish-Austrian director Umut Dag handles his debut feature with assurance." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 12, 2013
4/5 89% Mahanagar (The Big City) (The Great City) (1967) " Another Ray work of deceptive simplicity and deep-lying emotion." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 12, 2013
5/5 97% Chicken Run (2000) " This feathered pastiche of PoW classics such as The Great Escape and Stalag 17 is an awesome achievement by consummate film-makers." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2013
4/5 88% Trading Places (1983) " This blatant, unacknowledged reworking of The Prince and the Pauper is a rattling comedy showcase for the unique talents of Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, who have seldom recaptured the form they show here." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 3, 2013
4/5 92% Saving Private Ryan (1998) " Ultimately, it lacks the resonance of such classics as All Quiet on the Western Front, but this is still well-meaning, strongly acted and slickly mounted, and ranks among the director's very best films." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 2, 2013
5/5 96% Unforgiven (1992) " This is, quite simply, one of the finest films ever made in the genre." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 2, 2013
4/5 85% The Secret Garden (1993) " The film retains the gothic atmosphere of the book and looks amazing, thanks to Roger Deakins's scintillating photography. Stealing the show is Maggie Smith as beastly housekeeper Mrs Medlock." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/5 96% Supercop (Police Story 3) (Ging chaat goo si 3: Chiu kap ging chaat) (1992) " This is riotous fun throughout." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 1, 2013
4/5 88% The Big Easy (1987) " After watching this sizzling crime thriller, you will be at a loss to explain why director Jim McBride failed to go on and take Hollywood by storm. At least the careers of Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin were boosted." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 31, 2013
5/5 93% A Fish Called Wanda (1988) " This hilarious tale of criminal incompetence and transatlantic eccentricity is easily John Cleese's finest achievement since Fawlty Towers." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 30, 2013
5/5 83% Thelma & Louise (1991) " In creating the characters Thelma and Louise for this hugely entertaining and controversial road movie, Oscar-winning scriptwriter Callie Khouri put women in the driving seat for the first time." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/5 61% My Father and the Man in Black (2013) " Slightly jerry-built reconstructions detract from an intriguing film with a unique angle on the country legend. " — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 28, 2013
3/5 58% Viramundo " A fan-pleasing snapshot of a musical great at the peak of his powers. " — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 28, 2013
3/5 69% Days Of Grace (Dias De Gracia) (2011) " It may feel more like pulp than art house, but it still maintains its grip, bound together by a score composed by Nick Cave, among others." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 26, 2013
3/5 58% Viramundo " The movie is often heady, and occasionally woolly, but always enjoyable." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 26, 2013
4/5 88% Dial M for Murder (1954) " Milland's sinister sophistication catches the eye, but Kelly's subtly shaded suffering is superb." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 26, 2013
4/5 98% Blackfish (2013) " Some of the archive footage is exceedingly harrowing, but the case against commercially condoned cruelty is made without sensationalism, and few will be able to watch this without a growing sense of outrage." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 26, 2013
4/5 95% Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries) (1957) " Gunnar Fischer's photography becomes ever more luminous and Sjöström's performance grows in greatness." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2013
5/5 92% Persona (1966) " Wonderfully complex but warmly human, Bergman's drama is one of his very best." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2013
3/5 88% Dial M for Murder (1954) " Despite Hitchcock's own reservations this is definitely worth a look. Interesting to his aficionados and darkly funny and depressing in turns." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2013
4/5 98% Blackfish (2013) " Impassioned and disturbing, this doc matches The Cove for marrying cool intellect with real fire." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2013
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