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An early Kubrick and a great heist noir film. Some fellas are up for a robbery. A massive one as they are going to rob the race track on the day of the year with the most money circulating.
Problems with partners, people going in and out, rats and cops are delt with as they plan, discuss and act.
Not the best death scenes, but otherwise impressive on most levels. I love the short playtime - it comes straight to the point. Well developed and the pace is sublime. Very nice ending as well and a worthy film in the man's name.
8 out of 10 horseshoes.
Guillermo del Toro's first full lenght feature, done about 25 years ago. Some old antiques dealer picks up an old piece with some serious spooky history. People are after it, really scary people, but he keeps it for himself. Well, the thing turn him into something else, and this bloodthirsty thing has still plenty of his true self.
Cool and original story. It looks OK, and while the blood looks really good, the rest of the make up stuff are so-so. It's not a scary flick, it's charming and soft, but has some freaky scenes. Vivid imagination works a few times here, but in total it seem a bit half hearted and it does not entertain you, scare you or interest you much.
As a debut you might say it's all right, but I believed this masterful director had a way stronger first film.
3.5 out of 10 licks.
A detective is looking for a missing man and befriends a New York prostitute during his investigating. She play ball and helps him out, while he kind of takes care of her. A neat plot match within all the paranoia.
Jane Fonda is amazing here, showing such vulnerability among other things, deservingly gave her an Oscar. It's not especially thrilling, but still pretty rewarding to watch. A great character study - the film's best feature for me.
6.5 out of 10 tape recorders.
Vinterberg is back, the guy that did the brilliant "Jagten" and "Festen" along with a few other excellent films. He is trying something different here as he tells the story of the biggest submarine disaster in newer times.
The year is 2000 and Kursk sink after a test torpedo explodes. Most of the crew dies, but ten men or so are still alive, doing what they can to survive. They need help from the Russian leaders, but will they get down there soon enough?
I remember this tragic incident myself. I was about twelve years old and I have not been very fond of submarines ever after. There are plenty of great actors here. Matthias Schoenaerts, Léa Seydoux and Léa Seydoux are all excellent. It's very nice to see the great Max von Sydow - possibly in one of his very last films as the man is 90 years old now.
Well acted and a some very claustrophobic and intense parts. It's never flat or dragged, and that's quite impressive since it's basically two hours of guys locked in a sub, while people in boats on top of them tries to help out.
7 out of 10 glow sticks.
So I guess I kept this film way too long, it was about time to finaly give it a go. Captain Willard is off to a mission in Vietnam and it's not the most typical one.He is on a quest to assissinate a US renegade special forces colonel who sees himeself as a god. To get there he goes through some attacks with his crew and this slow film is finally sneaking into the climax parts after two and a half hour or so of build up.
It delivered. Big time.
This is a film with loads of interesting trivia and is known to be one of the hardest films to make with all kinds of stuff going on on the set. Actors on heavy drugs, 14 months of filming - most of them over the schedule and plenty more snacks results in this amazing piece of work.
It's hard to follow at times, but it's very rewarding. Known as a war film, but I think it's much more. It's fantasy and drama filled in here, at times very believeable, but sometimes very far out. It's ugly, but the main thing about this film is the very beautiful filming - the cinematography is absolutely amazing.
Throw in an incredible cast that deliver, fantastic screenwriting and plenty of stand out one-liners, some very good audio work and you have one of the best film ever made.
I saw the redux version and as some claim the orignal to be better as it's not as dragged, I enjoyed very minute of this piece. This is more than a film, it's film history.
9.5 out of 10 horrors.