Saturday, November 10, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
A woman tries to extort money, using a young boy as bait.
What at first seems to be a social study of life's outcasts turns into quite a suspenseful adventure.
Maltin***: "You never know where this audacious, fast-paced film is heading next, and it's a wild rie...but even at its most outlandish Swinton keeps itfirmly anchored. French filmmaker Zonca made this as an homage to John Cassavetes' GLORIA."
aka Branded to Kill
A hit-man, with a fetish for sniffing boiling rice, fumbles his latest job, putting him into conflict with his treacherous wife, with a mysterious woman eager for death and with the phantom-like hit-man known only as Number One.
Wildly imaginative absurdist Noir parody, a tour de force of surreal images and unexpected plot twists.
Halliwell **: "A strange but enjoyable thriller, with its quirky originality, odd angles and odder hero as well as some effective suspense."
Maltin ***: "Stylish and surreal deconstruction of the Yakuza genre...Typically irreverent and subversive film from cult director Suzuki is also fairly incoherent but technically dazzling."
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap a family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA.
Despite a promising premise the movie is quite uneven and has a dubious message, but Frank Sinatra's performance is very good as a psychopath assassin.
Halliwell *: "Moderately effective minor suspenser with rather too much psychological chat."
Maltin ***1/2: "White-knuckle thriller...with Sinatra excellent in thoroughly detestable role; rest of cast equally fine."
A story dealing with Jack Ruby, a Texas nightclub owner, and the events in his life leading up to his killing of Lee Harvey Oswald.
Well produced and played study of Jack Ruby's persona which merely implies certain possibilities of a conspiracy
Halliwell (no stars): "Muddled, small-scale, mainly fictional conspiracy movie that confuses the issues it attempts to explain."
Maltin ** 1/2: "OK speculation...Aiello is good and period recreations are adequate, but film suffers from too many lawyer dictated characterizations (Frank Sinatra becomes singer "Tony Montana")."