The Wolfman   1/02/18
by mark f
flick was so short and direct, but this film, at least in its longer version, has several added plot twists which the original never considered, and besides that, the original isn't really that good of a film(!) Although this Wolfman has the brooding Lawrence Talbot as a Shakespearean actor, it's surprising how well Benicio Del Toro fits the role of an Englishman, and there is a palpable heat which slowly develops between him and the fiancee (Emily Blunt) of his dead brother.

The Buddy Holly Story   1/02/18
by mark f
The Buddy Holly Story actually ranks as one of the very best films about the birth of rock 'n roll [if not the most accurate] to this day, and it may well take a very long time for another film to ever touch its heartfelt depiction of the 1950s when all races could actually come together over the music; at least if you were young enough and wanted to piss off your parents.

Alice in Wonderland   1/02/18
by mark f
I don't really want to go into how fast-paced and insane this film is, but it's a non-stop assault on the pomposity of logic and staid Victorian England which is also still able to include digs at many modern foibles which humans have in our current day and age, among them being rude and in far too much of a hurry to even say good day.

The Delinquents   1/02/18
by mark f
Director Altman's first feature film (he wrote the script in five days) is a foray into juvenile delinquents roaming Kansas City, Missouri, looking for people to rob and abuse.

One, Two, Three   1/02/18
by mark f
One, Two, Three (Billy Wilder, 1961) (mafo MoFo Top 100 Film)

Miss Julie   1/02/18
by mark f
Mullan plays the more-enigmatic Jean and finds a middle ground for him because you're never really sure if he's just being a bastard or truly cares for Miss Julie and is trapped outside his class and will never be able to rise above it.

The Gods Must Be Crazy   1/02/18
by mark f
I mean, back in 1984, when it was released in the U.S., we understood that the film was low-budget, old-fashioned, fake, slapsticky, amateurish, and had a chintzy musical score, but it was also charming and somehow just plain funny.

Through a Glass Darkly   1/01/18
by mark f
For me those would be the scene with the voices coming through the cracks in the wall and the possible arrival of Karin's God in that second-story room near the film's climax.

Barbarosa   1/01/18
by mark f
It's gorgeously photographed and Willie Nelson and Gary Busey make such a great team that it's a shame that they didn't make more films together.

Manos: The Hands of Fate   1/01/18
by mark f
The film needed much more of the "Brides" in their underwear attacking each other for it to be worth watching for even camp value, but when the "Surprise Ending" shows up (if you can figure it out), you'll be happy that the movie is over, even if the closing song is worth a few laughs.

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