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A lot darker than I was expecting. It was a difficult line to walk between being funny and portraying such bleak and disturbing material without trivialising it. There were times when it seemed to be working but I think the comedy elements mostly don't work and it ends up being weird and uncomfortable. I like the performances a lot, but I feel this falls into the realm of noble failure.
8 years 4 months ago
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Classic stuff that's still funny and entertaining. It's the sort of film that made me feel happy just from watching it. It's more of a series of sketches of comedy and romance, but the story hangs together once you accept the comedy logic of farces. Stanwyck and Fonda are both brilliant here and all the actors put in excellent support (particularly the horse!).
8 years 4 months ago
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In some ways the current wave of romance vs. bromance comedies are interesting for the way the reveal the insecurities of the white 30-something American male, struggling with a world where they find their sense of entitlement no longer holds sway. In other, more concrete, ways they're mostly rubbish and this was no exception. A lot of unstructured gags that generally revolve around sex and farting before a generic ending that drowns everything in sentiment and then undermines all the consequences.
8 years 4 months ago
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Fun and pleasant, despite some cheesy moments. The plot does invite unflattering comparisons to E.T., but it has plenty of its own magic.
8 years 5 months ago
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Dull action-thriller with Michael Biehn. The sci-fi element is barely there and unnecessary for the plot: it's just trying to trick you into thinking it will be like The Terminator.
8 years 5 months ago
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A film with both Ice T and Ice Cube!

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Moves along OK for most of the running time, then finishes in a mass of plot conveniences when Zemeckis and Gale can't figure out a satisfying ending.
8 years 5 months ago
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The cynical and dark nature of the story make this feel like one of the late film noirs, and the existential subtext of a man haunted by his past crimes makes this an impressive deconstruction of Western heroic archetypes with some excellent cinematography. Cooper is OK but about twenty years too old for the part, and there are a series of plot conveniences that weaken the film a bit.
8 years 6 months ago
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When the fight scenes and action are happening, it's excellent: raw and realistic but without the fast cutting and cheats that even high-end blockbusters use to make their low-skilled actors look good.

When people are standing around talking, the bad script makes it tedious, even with a hugely impressive cast. In this way it feels like a throwback to the action films of the early 90s when action films would star proper martial artists and pay only perfunctory attention to anything that wasn't the fight scenes.
8 years 7 months ago
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While watching I thought the "lice feeder" job was a surreal invention of the script, but it turns out it was a real job.
8 years 7 months ago
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I feel most of the best horrors inspire horror through sympathy with the victims, rather than directly trying to scare the audience. It does this by dramatising puritan fears of witches and the devil, and has them happen to a settler family trying to go it alone in the wilderness. The film has an oppressive and sinister feel to it, helped by cinematography that makes good use of candlelit interiors and bleak grey forests, and some excellent performances, including a breakthrough performance from Anya Taylor-Joy as the teenage daughter. It's not perfect: the characterisation isn't particularly interesting, and it has some dry stretches where not enough is happening, but the effective use of horror raises it above a lot of its peers.
8 years 8 months ago
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Aka Exeter
Aka The Asylum
Aka Projet 666
Aka ExitUs: Play it backwards

They can't think up a good name for this so they keep making up new ones. Although this film is a disaster it's fast paced and gory enough to be surprisingly entertaining.
8 years 8 months ago
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Wow, they actually use defibrillators correctly! First in response to a fibrillation trace on an ECG, then later a flat-lining patient is treated with chest compressions.

Apart from that the film is great, and I think it may be Von Trier's best work.
8 years 8 months ago
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So many of the characters in this are immensely annoying and badly acted.
8 years 8 months ago
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The choice to have sign language without subtitles was frustrating at first but it is used in an interesting way to obscure the true nature of the scenes, although i found it also had the effect of distancing me from the characters. Is it worth watching? Well, maybe. The story didn't have much depth, though it kept me interested, but to do that it relies heavily on a lot of graphic shock scenes which aren't particularly shocking if you've seen a few extreme horror films.
8 years 9 months ago
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What happened to the ending to this film? Did they forget to film it? It seems like they just hastily assembled something in the editing room.

Statham and Li doing a spin on Yojimbo with Cory Yuen choreographing fights sounds like it should be good, the action, and indeed most of the rest of the film, is ruined by awful direction.
8 years 10 months ago
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This had a great atmosphere, helped by a fantastically spooky soundtrack and sound design, until the ghost kids with poor make-up show up to puncture the scariness. everything after that is a bit bland. Still, if you're looking for horror films that rely on jump scares, this is one of the best.
8 years 10 months ago
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Whining kid ruined it.
8 years 10 months ago
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This film has been included in Jerry Lewis' donation of his personal archive to the Library of Congress.
The New York Post wrote:
Beginning in June 2024... “The Day the Clown Cried’’ will be available to scholars for viewing in the research center at the 45-acre Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia, and will be shown to the public in the 205-seat theater.
8 years 10 months ago
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Intensely nihilistic and sadistic. It's not out to give you a lecture or leaven things with humour - just straight horror from beginning to end. And I think the point it makes at the end is reasonably well done - pain and horror can be transcendant for the watchers of horror films and this is conveyed through the metaphor of a cult of pain.

There are certainly problems with the third act, which wobbles badly with too much exposition, lessening the feeling of terror by explaining things, but overall this stands as an important and very good, though flawed, achievement in horror film-making.
8 years 10 months ago
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A late, sinister piece of brilliance from Wyler. The horror and despair creeps up on you, concealed beneath the beautifully shot rustic surroundings.
8 years 10 months ago
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Nothing can top this review:

Alan Jones (Film critic) wrote:
Last Christmas I gave you my heart. Now I want your eyeballs.
8 years 11 months ago
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A rip-off of Rear Window for teens with Shia LaBouef in the lead role. It also has a bit of Fright Night mixed in there too. It's actually OK, and fun for the most part, but its provenance means it's never able to be interesting.
8 years 11 months ago
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Ian McKellan gives a fantastic performance as Holmes nearing the end of his life, but the rest of the film tends to be slow and dull. I kept longing for more flashbacks to his last case becuse that was where the film suddenly sprung to life for a brief period.
9 years ago
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Decent WW2 horror, that remains engaging depite being dialogue-heavy. There are some tense scenes of demonic terror and lots of gore. However the ending is disappointingly weak and prevents me from fully recommending it.
9 years ago

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