Sunday, 18 February 2018

C'era una volta (1967)


London Has Fallen (2016)



In London for the Prime Minister's funeral, Mike Banning is caught up in a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.

A good example how non-stop action and pyrotechnics are necessarrily enough to make the result a good movie.


Hedy Lamarr


The Clearing (2004)



As an executive is held captive by an employee, it's up to his wife to deliver the ransom.

More psycho-drama than thriller this movie has ambitions to tell more than its story holds; good performances, though.

Maltin**1/2: "More a character study than a conventional story, this interesting, elliptical plays with chronology in challenging ways but doesn't lead to a satisfying conclusion. The three stars are excellent."

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Snowden (2016)


Fences (2016)



A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.

It shows that this movie is the adaptation of a stage play as its very heavy on dialogue, but the stellar performances and intelligent direction make it worth the while.


Kenny Bowers

Appaloosa (2008)



Two friends hired to police a small town that is suffering under the rule of a rancher find their job complicated by the arrival of a young widow.

Nicely photographed and played elegiac revisionist Western celebrates old-fashioned men's bonding and honor which includes a good slice of misogyny as well.

Maltin**: "Fairly simple story...takes an awfully long time to spin out. Harris and Mortensen make a great team, and their friendship is the most interesting aspect of this long-winded film."


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Paris, Texas (1984)



The Howling: Reborn (2011)



A teenage outcast discovers he is a werewolf, and must battle a pack of the brutal creatures when they threaten him and his new girlfriend.

A sad example of how the mainstream horror has degenerated to a genre for an immature teen audience.