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Rumsey Taylor

Rumsey Taylor
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% The Killers (1946) Hemingway's short only hints at a complexity, and the film does well to manifest such a depth. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Feb 25, 2003
77% The Killers (1964) Without pretension The Killers occupies its genre and welcomes each convention. It comes, however, late, and such conventions are worn for their familiarity. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Feb 25, 2003
71% Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) It is style, glamour, and even virtuosic direction (in the inclusive use of so many familiar techniques) that paves Sweetback's value as a timepiece - its lasting, testimonial contribution is its position as the first of its kind. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Feb 18, 2003
95% Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bête) (1946) As Cocteau properly retains in his diary of the film's making, Beauty and the Beast has the structure of a poem, its inherent ambiguity, moral narrative, and visual emphasis. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Feb 11, 2003
100% The Thin Blue Line (1988) Furthering its genre irregularity, it employs no narration to guide the viewer, and each shot is carefully static and composed. Its central scene, even, is a fabricated element in what is largely a non-fiction film. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Feb 11, 2003
49% Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is impeded by both familiarity with its source and esteem for its director. However, the Criterion DVD has a tremendous asset in the collaboration of Hunter Thompson, who appears repeatedly in the disc's supplements. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Feb 11, 2003
95% Stranger Than Paradise (1984) Its characters' vacant aspirations are equated by Stranger Than Paradise's lack of conventional purpose - this is the film's idiosyncratic strength. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Feb 4, 2003
98% 8 1/2 (1963) 8 1/2 is widely regarded as Federico Fellini's masterpiece, though it is an abstract admittance of failure. (The film, however, has few faults it does not itself admit - a benefit of a film containing its own critic). ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Jan 28, 2003
97% Vertigo (1958) Justifying Vertigo's poor initial performance, it is a film that requires distance, as well as the completion of Hitchcock's career. It is a moment of acknowledgment in the final, retrospective establishment of the director's frequent themes. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Jan 28, 2003
70% The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (1984) The characters each look like they are from a first generation music video, speak like they are in a work of serious science-fiction, and sound like a stepchild to Huey Lewis and the News ... ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Dec 19, 2002
97% Insomnia (1998) In Insomnia the murderer and his investigator possess a human capacity for mischaracterizing traits; this is a realistic scenario in which temptation houses a narrow threshold. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Dec 16, 2002
100% The Killer (1989) Of course, Woo's established strength is the shootout. Characteristically they exhibit each party's strengths: the hero's agility, the enemy's numbers, and the formidable ratio between them.‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Dec 16, 2002
98% Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes) (1972) Depicted conquistador Gonzalo Pizarro is driven, pompous, and partially ignorant - traits mirrored in director Werner Herzog for leading his crew into identical endurances. His resulting work is a vision of rare audacity. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Dec 3, 2002
50% Patrick (1978) It is a film that resists visceral shocks, favoring the horror of its psychology. A shame, for its psychology is only slightly horrific. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Nov 26, 2002
59% Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) Joe's unfortunate prognosis and ensuing plight may be completely imagined, though his motivations and lessons are realistically applicable. Joe Versus the Volcano is a work meant to transcend, and it does so with poetic semblance. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Nov 26, 2002
86% Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) It relies not upon visceral depictions of graphic violence but the sporadic, lifeless motivations of the killer - an established, sympathetic, and ultimately humanistic character. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Nov 19, 2002
96% Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Viewing Close Encounters we are reduced to a childlike perception, overwhelmed by the luster and might of the vision before us. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Nov 19, 2002
81% The Holy Mountain (1973) The icons, indirect references, and allusions - some obvious, most are ambiguous - occur with meticulous frequency. For the matter, even the most incidental detail or prop relays a history of meaning. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Nov 13, 2002
93% Walkabout (1971) Walkabout's obvious concern is the relationship between two parties, separated by centuries of diverting societal behaviors, and thus, differentiated perceptions of sexual roles and etiquette. But what ensues is more ambiguous and interpretative. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Nov 12, 2002
58% Crash (1996) Crash is a violently rare exception to the continually careful stride of film, and few films have been made with such a conviction to such inherently controversial material. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Nov 5, 2002
72% Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) Brotherhood of the Wolf supplies enough to satisfy many tastes without overwhelming them. It is one of the most sporadically inspired films of recent memory; and I would say, prematurely, of all time. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Nov 5, 2002
93% Halloween (1978) The most significant triumph Halloween achieves is measured by the bulk of films that follow and emulate it. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Oct 30, 2002
96% Psycho (1960) Psycho is not sexually exploitative despite its sexuality, though, as the title suggests, psychologically. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Oct 30, 2002
88% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Everything about this film is made to enhance its troubling atmosphere, and this is a quality that is enhanced in its age.‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Oct 30, 2002
70% Kissed (1997) It is a futile claim to make that Kissed is less about necrophilia than it is about the nature of obsession and addiction. Though this is a perennial (and often generic) theme in film, in Kissed it is uniquely characterizing. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Oct 29, 2002
97% Exotica (1994) Apparent from its ominous, opening pan is Exotica's craft - the film is deliberate and attentive, and displays action that is not apparently related or significant - at first. Ultimately, the exposition purposefully lacks a cohesiveness. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Oct 29, 2002
98% Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) Its defining trump is that it is transparent, possessing a strong political undercurrent visible beneath its surface. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Oct 8, 2002
57% A Galaxy Far, Far Away (2001) To the film's credit its topic supplies a wealth of material, philosophy, and entertainment -- and victim to it, A Galaxy Far Far Away meanders in the wide, overwhelming scope of its course. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Oct 2, 2002
86% The Haunting (1963) The Haunting is a wisely sophisticated horror film of implication, subtlety, and restraint. Watching it now, after roughly three decades of consistently visceral horror films, is speculatively as frightening an experience as it was forty years ago. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Sep 26, 2002
95% Deep Red (Profondo rosso) (1975) From a technical perspective, the film is a masterwork; considering the unexpectedly engaging narrative, praise for Deep Red is heightened. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Sep 17, 2002
78% Videodrome (1983) Videodrome operates as a study in metaphysics; it draws attention to its medium and in doing so cleverly violates its fiction. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Sep 17, 2002
89% Sid and Nancy (1986) The inevitable deaths of Sid and Nancy are the only logical conclusions to their behavior; ironically, this is a fact they realize themselves. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Sep 17, 2002
71% Tenebre (Unsane) (1982) Tenebre is nearer to body of Argento's filmography, and seems like an homage to his early gialli; in comparison it marks the extent of the director's progressive evolution. Tenebre is among Argento's best films. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Sep 17, 2002
80% Scanners (1981) The narrative suffers from convolution (it is trademark science fiction -- deliberately paced, with technology infused with philosophy). ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Sep 10, 2002
96% Peeping Tom (1960) No film, simply, more rightly depicts the psychology of helming a camera, fashioning scenario, and filming it. Directors are alchemists, and characters are pawns to exercise their every temptation, impulse, motivation, fear, or sin. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Sep 10, 2002
71% The Fog (1979) Sure, this is a ghost story, though because it is a film images display the action, and in result the intended horror is subsidized. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Sep 10, 2002
14% Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989) Teenage Wasteland affirms its role as a horror sequel; it is the loudest, cheapest, and most impotent entry in the series. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Sep 9, 2002
81% The Thing (1982) Underlining every frame of The Thing is an anticipating dread: the characters -- and the viewer -- sense the potential menace of an enemy they cannot see. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Sep 3, 2002
83% They Live (1988) The film's portrayal of capitalism is so wittingly sharp that I applaud the film. Securing my praise is the film's brilliant ending: it is a brief and harrowingly comedic few minutes. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Sep 3, 2002
60% Hart's War (2002) As an American propagandistic attempt to market patriotism (or courage, or honor), it is arguably successful; by its own merits it is merely decent. ‐ DVDFuture.com
Posted Aug 28, 2002
95% Enter the Dragon (1973) It is a meld of the decade's most pronounced filmic conventions (the long forward zoom; scoring with disco-inspired funk; brief gratuitous nudity; the archetypal Afro). ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Aug 20, 2002
84% In the Realm of the Senses (1976) It is a task to measure the film's aesthetics, as it is secondary to frequent sex - shown in such patient detail that its reality would never be questioned. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Aug 15, 2002
95% The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle)(Every Man for Himself and God Against All) (1974) There is a profound philosophy at the base of Kasper Hauser: How does emotional growth occur, deprived of any foreign influence, sociological, familial or otherwise? ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Aug 15, 2002
87% Battle Royale (2000) Ultimately Battle Royale falls attempting to stand on its politics alone. Its redeeming triumph is that it is immensely entertaining - either as a teenage film or hefty slice of exploitation. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Aug 13, 2002
100% Stroszek (1977) No description is necessary beyond the final line in the film: 'We've got a truck on fire. We have a man on the lift we're unable to find the switch to turn the lift off. We can't stop the dancing chicken. Send an electrician.' ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Aug 13, 2002
91% Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997) In addition to its ability to be scrupulously analyzed, Fast, Cheap & Out of Control is entertaining, which is perhaps the most praised remark that can be given to a documentary. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Aug 3, 2002
98% The Manchurian Candidate (1962) The Manchurian Candidate is at once brutally intelligent and shocking. Long after the final gunshot segues to pounding thunder, the impression of the film's climax fades like a slowly healing wound. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Aug 3, 2002
97% Stop Making Sense (2014) Even at its least effective, the film animates one's foot to tap unknowingly for eighty-eight minutes. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Aug 3, 2002
80% Pink Flamingos (1972) Pink Flamingos is the cinematic equivalent of the entire alphabet in one, prolonged belch. However relevant in this analogy, Pink Flamingos is not confined to the practices of immaturity; it is timelessly repulsive. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Jul 16, 2002
77% El Topo (1970) The film is a veritable grab-bag of traits that may appeal to different viewers. As a whole, the film is likely to provide faults as well as triumphs. ‐ Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Jul 11, 2002