Friday, October 20, 2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles.
Intense psychological study, the professor's homsexuality just one aspect of his person, has a timeless quality to it (you hardly notice that it is set in the 60s) and offers Colin Firth one of his best roles.
On rewatching: the story appears a bit silly and maybe it's satirical; visually, the movie is a joy to watch.
Maltin***: "Flawlessly detailed visualization of Christopher Isherwood's landmark novel benefits from a superb performance by Firth, but its resolute restraint also keeps it a bit aloof at times. Impressive directorial debut by fashion designer Ford..."
A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.
Intense low-budget indie debut of director Darren Aronofsky fascinates with its b/w expressionistic cinematography and overheated maniacal story; you do have to ignore the science, though, if you know a bit about math.
Halliwell**: "Gripping, clever theological and psychological thriller, which is less about explanations than observing varieties of monomania in action."
Maltin**1/2: "...this attention-getter is a true original. Well acted by a no-name cast and, we hope, a harbinger of things to come from filmmaker Darren Aronofsky."
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
A master swordsman and former soldier and his hunchbacked assistant hunt vampires.
Above-average, but a bit off-kilter Hammer horror movie that creates some atmosphere, but Herr Janson's performance and his cloak-and-dagger fighting skills are quite meager.
Halliwell*: "Lively horror yarn with amusing asides."
Maltin***: "Unique blend of horror and swashbuckler genres...Artsy, exciting, almost intoxicatingly atmospheric thriller has developed considerable following; one of the best (and least typical) Hammer productions."
Michael Weldon/Psychotronic: "Too bad this fun vampire adventure got lost on a double bill with the inferior Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell, because it's really good...The vampire lore is mostly new and the film works as an adventure and a comedy."