This early Woody Allen satire of Soviet cinema would've made a hilarious 15-minute short. It's too one-dimensional for a feature-length film, however, and the second half drags as it recycles jokes from the first half. Still, there are enough clever one-liners to pass the time.
One of the best psychological thrillers I've seen recently, Creepy is intriguing, suspenseful, and, above all, creepy. Kurosowa uses a patient, slow-burn approach at first and expertly creates tension through character development. The slow burn pays off in the last third of the film, which morphs a la Silence of the Lambs from detective story to horror.
There are a few islands of entertaining arthouse cinema here, but they're surrounded by an ocean of pointless and boring vignettes. If you can stream it for free, the following episodes are worth watching: "Tuileries," the Coen Brothers' hilarious satire of tourist paranoia; the charming "Tour Eiffel," about a mime who finds love; "Quartier Latin," a thoughtful look at amicable divorce; and the clever "Parc Monceau" and "Faubourg Saint-Denis," about which little can be said without spoiling them.
Timecrimes features a well-constructed, complicated yet coherent plot that successfully satirizes the time-travel genre. However, the protagonist is so unlikable, and the other characters are so one-dimensional, that it's difficult to become emotionally invested in the story. Recommended primarily for time-travel aficionados.