Update feed http://www.listal.com/feed/movies/type:postreview en-us Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:30:18 GMT Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:30:18 GMT Listal.com Joshua "LF" posted a review of Unbreakable <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7230065'>Review of Unbreakable</a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/unbreakable'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/2832468/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;After The Sixth Sense scored big with critics and garnered 6 Oscar nominations, director M. Night Shyamalan made a movie with various similarities to what most would consider, his crown jewel. Unbreakable has notable parallels with The Sixth Sense, the most obvious being Bruce Willis in the leading&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7230065'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:45:35 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7230065 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7230065 filmbuilder posted a review of Transformers <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7228736'>'Transformers' features great effects</a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/transformers-2007'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/120070/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;'Transformers' features great effects and action scenes and some good acting, but I didn't think it was a very good idea to focus more on the humans. Still the entire cast charms, the whole thing looks amazing and the action scenes are mind-blowing! This is surely better than the sequels (which I ha&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7228736'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:08:48 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7228736 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7228736 Kenji posted a review of Sewer <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227953'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/sewer'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/7303645/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;Imburnal achieves the rare feat of being a lyrical, contemplative and audacious 21st century masterpiece.&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227953'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:42:16 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227953 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227953 Kenji posted a review of Le cochon <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227946'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/cochon-le'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/493063/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;As many people are now cut off from the reality of where meat comes from, this film may have value if it deters some from eating meat. But it's been described by critics i've read as generous, graceful and beautiful in its depiction of the pig being slaughtered and then butchered. It's admired for b&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227946'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:41:09 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227946 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227946 Kenji posted a review of School for Scoundrels <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227943'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/school-for-scoundrels-or-how-to-win-without-actually-cheatin'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/7061161/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;An enjoyable old-fashioned comedy. A very upper class English lesson in how to shake off being a loser and instead win at tennis, get the smart car, the fine lady and become a smooth cad and bounder. As a teen I used the dirty rotten gamesmanship model at tennis to beat a much better player, with th&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227943'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:39:24 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227943 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227943 Kenji posted a review of Wuthering Heights <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227940'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/wuthering-heights-2010'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/4257796/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;A far cry from the lush romanticism of Wyler's version, this gets down to the bare bones of nature and of harsh lives filled with racism, brutality and pain. It loses its way a little towards the end- flashbacks are unnecessary- but it's a worthwhile distinctive take on the classic in which the trea&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227940'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:38:19 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227940 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227940 Kenji posted a review of The Nun <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227934'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/the-nun'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/343426/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;The Diderot-Rivette-Karina combination is a winner. Satires don't have to come with klaxons blaring. As an indictment of the Catholic church (and wider society too, only reinforced by the film being banned) it feels more powerful for its stylistic restraint, and the casting of Karina more striking a&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227934'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:36:58 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227934 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227934 Kenji posted a review of Melancholia <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227929'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/melancholia'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/2448741/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;A visually impressive but self-important film in which discomfiting (even excruciatingly bitter) interactions, neuroses and apocalyptic anxiety are bathed in romanticised visuals and music. Drawing it would seem on Trier's own experience of depression and on Kubrick and Tarkovsky for prophetic depth&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227929'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:36:18 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227929 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227929 Kenji posted a review of Archipelago <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227923'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/archipelago'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/1358600/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;In Archipelago we have an upper middle class mother, her adult son and daughter on holiday on one of the Scilly Isles (mildest part of British isles, off England’s South West coast), as a send-off for the son’s forthcoming time, away from his girlfriend, as a volunteer in Africa. They have arran&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227923'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:35:07 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227923 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227923 Kenji posted a review of Capitalism: A Love Story <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227918'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/untitled-michael-moore-project'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/745020/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;Moore’s smartarse style can be irritating but here his full frontal polemic hits the nail bang on the head; the US brand of Capitalism, as practised since Ronald Reagan and his croney Donald Regan set the bull loose, is a rotten system. <br/><br />I was particularly pleased that along the way Moor&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227918'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:33:38 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227918 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227918 Kenji posted a review of The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227909'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/the-navigator-a-mediaeval-odyssey'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/2256047/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;Now here’s an oddity i’ve not seen for years but which i enjoyed and whose central idea has fascinated and stayed with me. In the first section we’re in Plague-stricken medieval England and a world of black and white and then, after some tunnelling with our intrepid travellers and visionary yo&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227909'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:31:06 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227909 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227909 Kenji posted a review of The Cheat <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227901'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/the-cheat'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/709145/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;One of the BFI's 360 Classics selection, regarded by many as De Mille's finest, and it's not hard to see why. By turns light and elegant, dark and suspenseful, then gripping and dynamic, it's a well made film, with inventive lighting. Just a pity the smooth dastardly villain trying to take advantage&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227901'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:29:22 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227901 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227901 Kenji posted a review of Histoire de détective <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227894'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/histoire-de-detective'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/0/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;This Belgian avant-garde film is the pinnacle of human cinema, according to the inhabitants of the planet Argza%.. And who among us, feeble-minded earthlings that we are, can argue with that? It scores 33981.11 recurring on the Krmbli scale, which by the standards of earth's production (if not those&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227894'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:28:20 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227894 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227894 Kenji posted a review of Secret Beyond the Door <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227888'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/secret-beyond-the-door'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/115013/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;Deliciously unsettling but absurd, so a potential masterpiece falls disappointingly short. Hitchcock was Langian and here Lang is also Hitchcockian- the film reminds of Rebecca, Suspicion and then Psycho.&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227888'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:27:15 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227888 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227888 Kenji posted a review of Peppermint Candy <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227885'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/bakha-satang'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/109407/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;A reverse chronology film with a central character whose behaviour is at times squirm-inducing and alienating even as we're interested to delve further into his past. But we're finally taken somewhere very poignant, and with food for thought on institutions like the military and police, compared wit&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227885'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:25:54 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227885 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227885 Kenji posted a review of Shree 420 <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227860'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/shree-420'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/483968/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;Superb musical numbers and sets, and while the film is hardly subtle and feels overblown at times, the social message against greed, the exploitative corruption of the "respectable" rich, and in favour of solidarity among the poor is of course relevant as ever.&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227860'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:20:11 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227860 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227860 Kenji posted a review of Separado! <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227858'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/separado'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/1374997/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals fame sets off to Patagonia in search of a singing Gaucho uncle. An engaging, eclectic, playful yet thoughtful Welsh musical documentary road movie that stops off in Brazil. Yes, it's a genre buster, mixing blood-spattered Western, horror, home movie, sci-fi, histori&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227858'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:19:17 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227858 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227858 Kenji posted a review of Old Joy <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227857'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/old-joy-2006'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/190158/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;I guess we could all do with a special place to unwind from the news and the trials of modern life. Following films like Deliverance and the cinematic tradition of violence and horror out in the wilds, viewers may feel a a sense of unease, so maybe a further dose of nature and meditative space from &#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227857'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:18:40 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227857 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227857 Kenji posted a review of Wild Grass <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227854'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/les-herbes-folles'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/680795/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;A very elegant, beguilingly mysterious study of mental frailty, obsession and the unexpected paths of fate, with a welcome dash of wit and adventurous spirit thrown in for good measure. A film to be relished and savoured for its use of colour and visual beauty too; Resnais' best for decades.&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227854'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:17:38 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227854 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227854 Kenji posted a review of The Illusionist <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227820'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/the-illusionist-2010'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/5554838/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;This is a lovely wistful animation, imbued with the spirit of Tati and a bygone age of more innocent wonder, in which a none-too-successful gangling French illusionist travels to Scotland and is befriended by an awe-struck girl.&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227820'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:10:11 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227820 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227820 Kenji posted a review of One Deadly Summer <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227818'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/one-deadly-summer'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/192037/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;The film starts out as a broad sort of sex comedy but then explores darker places. It had a strong effect on me as a young man in the early 80s, admittedly in large part due to the sight of Isabelle Adjani in a ra-ra skirt, and less. In short, i fell in lust, but the film's worth seeing anyway. Not &#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227818'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:09:16 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227818 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227818 Kenji posted a review of Shutter Island <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227811'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/shutter-island'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/711843/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;The US has carried out numeorus experiments on its powerless citizens- people with learning disabilities, mental health problems, physical sickness, prisoners and racial minorities, as well as other nationalities; using deadly diseases, toxic and radioactive chemicals, surgical experiments, sterilis&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227811'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:07:34 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227811 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227811 Kenji posted a review of The Chess Player <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227807'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/the-chess-player'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/3616331/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;A grand dashing romantic adventure set in the 18th century, with Poland resisting the Russians in the time of Catherine the Great- replete with masked balls, sleigh rides in the snow, firework displays and automata. A terrific silent film.&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227807'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:06:19 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227807 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227807 Kenji posted a review of Under Milk Wood <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227806'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/under-milk-wood'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/1004300/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;It may be difficult to do justice to Dylan Thomas' great play and its colourful language and characters on film; this does a so-so job, i'm not sure the wandering narrators' parts quite work, and the direction isn't inspired, but it's notable for some prime acting talent. Still, i prefer my cassette&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227806'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:04:45 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227806 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227806 Kenji posted a review of The Damned United <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227803'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/the-damned-united'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/501501/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;Fine work by Sheen (though he lacks a little of Clough's toughness while underlining his brash insecurity), and the film is especially interesting for any football fan like me who was a kid at the time. I was pleased that the contribution of Peter Taylor is emphasised but the characterisation of Bil&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227803'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:46 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227803 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227803 Kenji posted a review of Molière <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227758'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/moliere-1978'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/2589521/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;A vivid, opulent, imaginative, intelligent and magnificent depiction of the life of the great French playwright and the era he lived in. It made me interested in the theatrical work and life of its distinguished female director and, even allowing for its 4 hour length, it should be better known and &#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227758'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:50:09 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227758 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227758 Kenji posted a review of Straits of Love and Hate <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227750'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/aien-kyo'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/3812562/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;Made at the Shinko Kinema studios, Straits of Love and Hate/Aien Kyo (1937) was based partly on a work by Kawaguchi Matsutaro, a Shinpa tragedy writer and performer. It also encorporates Tolstoy’s Resurrection, a much read book in Japan, and was scripted by Yoda Yoshikata, who was to become Mizogu&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227750'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:44:35 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227750 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227750 Kenji posted a review of The Pearl <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227744'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/the-pearl-1929'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/2717286/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;Directed by the little known Belgian aristocrat Henri d’Ursel,The Pearl (1929) is a lightly erotic silent masterpiece, over 30 minutes long, that links Celine and Julie go Boating, Jean Vigo, Man Ray, Maya Deren and the early crime serials (or should that be surreals?) of Louis Feuillade, which we&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227744'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:43:18 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227744 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227744 Kenji posted a review of The Arbor <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227743'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/the-arbor'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/1934417/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;I was expecting a pleasant relaxing summery film full of flowers and Laura Ashley dresses. Instead here’s a part documentary, part acted and lip synched account of life on a tough council estate in Bradford, England, centred on a young playwright (who found fame with the 80s film Rita, Sue and Bob&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227743'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:42:02 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227743 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227743 Kenji posted a review of The Other Side of Underneath <p><b><a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227742'></a></b></p><p style='color:black;'><a href='http://www.listal.com/movie/other-side-underneath'><img src='http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/2144423/50full.jpg' style='float: left;margin-right:6px;' /></a>&#8220;Apparently the only British film directed solely by a woman (Jane Arden) in the 1970s, The Other Side of Underneath is quite harrowing and claustrophobic, taking us into the minds of female psychiatric patients in Wales, with discordant screeching sounds and strange searing and hallucinatory images.&#8221; <a href='http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227742'>read more</a><br class='clearboth' /></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:40:59 GMT movies http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227742 http://www.listal.com/viewentry/7227742