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A fascinating premise and an intriguing first act gives way to a blandly executed death-match that barely delivers the gut-punch this film deserves. The Hunger Games works better as a cautionary sci-fi dystopia and socio-political commentary on reality TV rather than searing cinema. Go see Battle Royale instead.
Respectable piece of workmanship. But for a film boiling with a pot of ideas, psychoanalysis and simmering sexual tension, this is surprisingly repressed stuff. Cronenberg's restraint is admirable, but A Dangerous Method seems to deserve a more audacious approach.
Although Blue Valentine is undeniably saddening, its narrative approach is too self-conscious to deliver a truly heartbreaking coda. Nevertheless, this is an emotionally blistering autopsy of a dead romance, surgically examining a bitter universal truth that love, as much as it can bring two people together, can also tear them both apart.
It's hard to fault the Coens, ever. Their version of True Grit is quite possibly one of the most well-made, most old-school throwback to the dying breed of Western movies in recent memory, standing right next to Andrew Dominik's sublime The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. It paints a loving homage to the wild west with reverence, panache and some good old grit.
Simply the finest Hitchcockian film Hitchcock never made. Clouzot masterfully manipulates visuals and narrative to achieve a clockwork build-up that pulls the rug under your feet without you knowing it. Sardonic, diabolical and seminal, this rivals Psycho as one of the best horror films of all time.