Saturday, January 14, 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life.
A sometimes humorous, sometimes quite dark exploration of women's lives in Spain; the female ensemble is excellent, and Almodóvar manages to tell a complex tale in a very light tone without losing any depth.
On renewed viewing: I still agree with my initial opinion.
Maltin***1/2: "Lively, colorful Almodóvar mixture of comedy, drama, emotion, and mysticism clicks with its opening shot and never lets up. It also gives Cruz an extraordinary screen showcase."
Thursday, January 12, 2017
A group of scientists investigate a deadly new alien virus before it can spread.
Science fiction in the full sense of the word: an instant classic! Its aesthetics, especially the split-screen, may seem a bit dated, but they do fit the topic well.
On renewed viewing: again, it's pure science fiction.
Halliwell**: "Solemn and over-detailed but generally suspenseful thriller, with a sense of allegory about man's inhumanity to man."
Maltin**1/2: "Overlong sci-fi thriller..."
Psychotronic/Michael Weldon: "An excellent big-budget technological thriller...With great special effects by Douglas Trumbull and an exciting climax with James Olson vs. a computerized laser beam. A pretty terrifying look at the future (present?)."
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
A bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved.
The movie that started the 70s series of all-star disaster movies and one of the best; sturdily produced, old-fashioned, with multiple plotlines, suspense, melodrama and some comic relief.
Halliwell***: "Glossy, undeniably entertaining, all-star version of a popular novel, with cradboard characters skilfully deployed in Hollywood's very vest style."
Maltin***1/2: "GRAND HOTEL plot formula reaches latter-day zenith in ultraslick, old-fashioned movie that entertains in spite of itself...Plastic performances dominate, with down-to-earth Kennedy, touching Stapleton, and nervous Heflin standing out."
A disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother.
Deliberately nasty and gory, but quite inventive movie about an adolescent misfit appears as a satire till the shock ending twists the story around into a horrific tragedy.