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Joshua "LF" posted a review of Unbreakable

Review of Unbreakable

“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” read more

4 hours, 45 minutes ago
filmbuilder posted a review of Transformers

'Transformers' features great effects

“'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” read more

8 hours, 22 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of Sewer

“Imburnal achieves the rare feat of being a lyrical, contemplative and audacious 21st century masterpiece.” read more

10 hours, 48 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of Le cochon

“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” read more

10 hours, 49 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of School for Scoundrels

“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” read more

10 hours, 51 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of Wuthering Heights

“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” read more

10 hours, 52 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of The Nun

“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” read more

10 hours, 54 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of Melancholia

“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” read more

10 hours, 54 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of Archipelago

“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” read more

10 hours, 56 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of Capitalism: A Love Story

“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.

I was particularly pleased that along the way Moor” read more

10 hours, 57 minutes ago

“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” read more

11 hours ago
Kenji posted a review of The Cheat

“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” read more

11 hours, 1 minute ago
Kenji posted a review of Histoire de détective

“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” read more

11 hours, 2 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of Secret Beyond the Door

“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.” read more

11 hours, 3 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of Peppermint Candy

“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” read more

11 hours, 5 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of Shree 420

“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.” read more

11 hours, 10 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of Separado!

“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” read more

11 hours, 11 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of Old Joy

“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 ” read more

11 hours, 12 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of Wild Grass

“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.” read more

11 hours, 13 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of The Illusionist

“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.” read more

11 hours, 20 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of One Deadly Summer

“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 ” read more

11 hours, 21 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of Shutter Island

“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” read more

11 hours, 23 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of The Chess Player

“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.” read more

11 hours, 24 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of Under Milk Wood

“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” read more

11 hours, 26 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of The Damned United

“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” read more

11 hours, 30 minutes ago

“Given that the US, UK and many other nations' foreign policies are based on an absurd distortion of reality, propped up by nationalism and relentless media propaganda, and that these policies have led to a very bloody and costly quagmire alongside increasing big brother security measures instead of ” read more

11 hours, 34 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of Molière

“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 ” read more

11 hours, 40 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of Straits of Love and Hate

“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” read more

11 hours, 46 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of The Pearl

“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” read more

11 hours, 47 minutes ago
Kenji posted a review of The Arbor

“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” read more

11 hours, 49 minutes ago

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