Hyper-aesthetic and violent elegy for a returning drug lord intent on finally bettering his ways – no easy feat of course. Christopher Walken is perfect as world-weary criminal with twisted conscience.
Sad and relentless. Maybe in my book of impossible redemption.
Mobster Mania! This is yet another excursion into the perpetually fascinating world of organized crime in America. Most major participants have italian-sounding names – Pileggi, Scorcese, de Niro, Liotta, Pesci, etc – and every aspect of the production is rock solid. There’s no denying, though, that we’ve already seen quite a lot of this – several times.
Low on heroes and ethics. In my book of wannabes.
Goodbye synth-pop, hello grunge. Ladies and gentlemen, the backtracking has left the eighties.
Director Steven Soderbergh’s smash hit is a low-budget indie masterpiece focusing stubbornly on the emotions, relations, and secrets of a rather dysfunctional Baton Rouge quartet. Extremely well conceived and executed – especially for a 26-year-old debutante!
Not flawless, but both intelligent and touching. In my book of influential exposure.
A pinnacle of bleeding-heart liberal, politically correct moviemaking, skilfully chronicling and celebrating previously unsung civil war heroics.
Both necessary and inspirational, though a bit too neat and tidy. Maybe in my book of historical importance.
Support, perseverance, communication. An account of poverty and disability that becomes reassuring – almost spiritual – rather than depressive.
Rise and shine. In my book of emotional and physical struggle.
The Caped Crusader is easily my favourite superhero because of his brooding borderline personality and ominous gothic horror appearance. Unfortunately, director Tim Burton’s version looks cockeyed, pointy-nosed, and extremely stiff in a thick, rubbery costume too big for actor Michael Keaton’s head.
Otherwise, the retro expressionist settings creates a moody backdrop for the usual stupid superheroics, complete with Jack Nicholson’s superbly silly Joker. Probably not in my book of comics.