Parallax View

Parallax View is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Andrew Wright, Richard T. Jameson, Robert Horton, Sean Axmaker, Tom Keogh
Rating Title/Year Author
Slap Shot (1977) Richard T. Jameson One of the film's unexpected bonanzas is a clutch of beautifully realized female roles. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2017
The Night Stalker (2016) Sean Axmaker It's the story of Richard Ramirez, who was branded The Night Stalker during his 14 month reign of terror... but it's just as much about how his actions reverberated through the culture of Southern California. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2017
The Stunt Man (1980) Sean Axmaker It's one of the great movies about the movies and a devious exploration of trust in the line between art and life. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2017
Out 1, Noli Me Tangere (1971) Sean Axmaker Out 1 is Rivette redux. His engagement with actors is there on the screen, creating energy even in simple conversational scenes, and they are co-conspirators in his hide-and-seek stories... EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2016
Crimson Peak (2015) Sean Axmaker As lush and atmospheric a film as the American cinema has created in years... EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2016
The Visit (2015) Kathleen Murphy Working Hitchcockian elements of existential terror into a grotesque Hansel and Gretel fairy tale, Shyamalan has delivered a satisfyingly scary old-school hair-raiser that's smart, funny, and deeply disturbing. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2015
Listen to Me Marlon (2015) Kathleen Murphy [Stevan] Riley explores the seductive, dangerous business of acting, using one of its greatest and most conflicted practitioners as case history. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2015
Colorado Territory (1949) Peter Hogue Colorado Territory is closer to the melancholy romantic ballad on an outlaw couple than High Sierra is, but it is also richer in social ironies. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2015
Freedom to Die (1959) Sean Axmaker ... a searing portrait of young soldiers unprepared for the realities of war thanks to the fantasies of Nazi propaganda. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2015
High Sierra (1941) Sean Axmaker Story and reality so often become mixed in High Sierra that it's hard to separate the two... EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2015
O Silêncio do Mar (1949) Sean Axmaker Melville called it an "anti-cinematic" film, and he creates the expressiveness in what remains unspoken, the glances and gestures that take on grand drama in the minimalist presentation. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2015
Mr. Turner (2014) Sean Axmaker You have to work to follow the narrative but Leigh's interest isn't on what he did when. It's all about how and why he paints. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2015
Around the World with Orson Welles (1955) Sean Axmaker Welles foregrounds the machinery of moviemaking, reminding us that he's brought a crew with him, and he manipulates his documentary footage as aggressively as he does in his fictional storytelling. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2015
The Trial (1963) Sean Axmaker The legal system is a literal maze in Welles' visualization and the disparate locations all lead back to one another. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2015
Mr. Arkadin (1955) Richard T. Jameson Arkadin was, according to one of his business rivals, "a phenomenon of an age of dissolution and crisis." The world of Mr. Arkadin aptly reflects such an age. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2015
Mr. Arkadin (1955) Sean Axmaker Arkadin was, according to one of his business rivals, "a phenomenon of an age of dissolution and crisis." The world of Mr. Arkadin aptly reflects such an age. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2015
Only Angels Have Wings (1939) Peter Hogue Only Angels Have Wings is one of Hawks's "male adventurer" films, but it is also one of his comedies-and is perhaps best understood as such. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2015
Still Alice (2014) Sean Axmaker It's the kind of performance that doesn't just support a film, it gives the film its breath of life. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2015
Moonlighting (1982) Richard T. Jameson Moonlighting is the kind of film that had me marveling throughout how anyone ever came up with such a great idea for a movie and, having come up with it, proceeded to realize that idea so completely ... EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2015
The Premature Burial (1962) Sean Axmaker Like most of Corman's Poe films, the script (this one by Charles Beaumont and Ray Russell) borrows little more than the central idea and the title from Poe. This one owes a debt to Gaslight and Diabolique EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2015
Day of the Outlaw (1959) Sean Axmaker ... ne of the toughest, most tension-filled pictures from Andre de Toth, a studio filmmaker who could be counted on to bring a savage edge to his assignments. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2015
Amarcord (1973) Rick Hermann "I remember." Perhaps that's slightly misleading if you regard memory as purely objective recollection, which this movie obviously isn't. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2015
Scenes From a Marriage (1973) Rick Hermann In Scenes from a Marriage we are only infrequently offered relief from the claustrophobic intimacy resulting from Bergman's preoccupation with the faces of Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2015
Young Frankenstein (1974) Richard T. Jameson ... Brooks reveal(s) himself a true obsédé and an honorable heir to the eerily delicate comic-horror tradition of James Whale. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2015
Red Army (2014) Sean Axmaker The sports story is also our entry into a culture, and this hockey film provides no less than a sideways look into the way that communist USSR controlled its athletes... EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2015
Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Richard T. Jameson I'm as fond of "production values" as the next fellow, maybe fonder, but I don't wish to be force-fed them by a soulless dietitian who knows what I as a consumer ought to want. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2015
Run All Night (2015) Sean Axmaker There's no superheroics or spectacular Die Hard-style stunts here. It's all handguns and car chases and blood and broken glass on the urban mean streets at night, and Collet-Serra creates a very turbulent, unstable ordeal. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2015
La polizia ha le mani legate (Killer Cop) (Portrait of a 60% Perfect Man) (The Police Can't Move) (1975) Sean Axmaker The northern capital of Milan, the symbol of modernity and progress in the Italian cinema of the 50s and 60s, is the epitome of official corruption and the urban mob in the crime cinema of the 70s. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2015
Mark of the Devil (1970) Sean Axmaker An early entry in the "sex and sadism" genre, this is an exploitation film with an intelligence behind it, but an exploitation film nonetheless... EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
Vice and Virtue (1963) Sean Axmaker ... the titillating title that Roger Vadim gave to his 1963 take on two Marquis de Sade stories, "Justine" and "Juliette," which he reframed as a morality play set in Nazi-occupied France. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
Bellissima (1952) Sean Axmaker ... this is about ruthless competition to break into show business with Anna Magnani as the working-class woman turned aggressive stage mother ... EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
La Terra Trema (1948) Sean Axmaker It's as if Sicily has existed in a bubble, unchanging for a century as sons take over the boats of their fathers and children apprentice at their feet, taking their place in "a hopeless slavery." EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
Rancho Deluxe (1975) Richard T. Jameson I have to be on the side of any film in which Harry Dean Stanton is ordered to "Hoover the Navajos"-i.e., vacuum-clean the Indian rugs. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
Interstellar (2014) Sean Axmaker This is a film where complex concepts of quantum physics and powerful human emotions are inextricably intertwined and the ghost that haunts the farmhouse has both a scientific explanation and a sense of supernatural power. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
The Immigrant (2013) Sean Axmaker One of the wonders of the film is how Gray reveals unexpected depths and dimensions of these characters throughout their journeys. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
Sadie Thompson (1928) Peter Hogue Swanson's Sadie Thompson is immediately a complex, electrifying presence in the film ... EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
Ride the Pink Horse (1947) Sean Axmaker The film is both tough and touching, with crackling dialogue (scripted by the great Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer) and stylized scenes... EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
The Bowery (1933) Peter Hogue Occasionally it seems designed as a weepy vehicle for Jackie Cooper and Wallace Beery, but it's also a delightfully uncouth period piece with much of the rough comedy of earlier Walsh films... EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
Me and My Gal (1932) Peter Hogue Me and My Gal is almost a series of parties given in and around a story about a young cop courting a waterfront waitress ... EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
Furious 7 (2015) Peter Hogue The Cock-eyed World is a plodding, heavyhanded and rather entertaining sequel, with sound, to What Price Glory?. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
The Babadook (2014) Sean Axmaker ... one of the best and most original horror films in years, raises goosebumps with old-fashioned scares, relatable characters, and a provocative psychological foundation. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
White Heat (1949) Peter Hogue White Heat with James Cagney as Cody Jarrett is a veritable cauldron of violent masculine passion. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
High Sierra (1941) Peter Hogue ... it's often an appealing film and its misfires seem more those of attempted innovation rather than of strained seriousness. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
The Roaring Twenties (1939) Peter Hogue While The Roaring Twenties is hardly a definitive history of an era, its chronicle... has a sharp bite socially and more than a touch of tragic vision. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
Days of Wrath (2008) Sean Axmaker Day of Anger is another reminder of why Lee Van Cleef became a major spaghetti western star. He doesn't just dominate Day of Anger (1967), he owns the film.. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
They Drive by Night (1940) Peter Hogue Manpower is a kind of paradox. It is full of relentlessly silly antics, and yet it also has an abundance of Walshian delights. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
The Strawberry Blonde (1941) Peter Hogue The Strawberry Blonde is unusually domestic for a Walsh film, and rather sentimental to boot. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
Gentleman Jim (1942) Peter Hogue In Gentleman Jim a basic premise of the humor is that a good face-to-face brawl is one of the things that make life worth living. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) Sean Axmaker ... a genre film with a fresh approach and a distinctive cultural texture: a vampire movie from a female director who stirs American movie references into her stylized Iranian street drama. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2015
The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975) Richard T. Jameson J. Lee Thompson's direction is formless. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2015