"It's a funny/scary vision, with a manic edge -- which is why, when you come down from the high of the filmmaking, you may be left with the taste of ashes in your mouth. Altman's artistry can make you happy even when his art offers cold comfort. " David Ansen - Newsweek
urbanpatrician says: Not my favorite Altman, but he was still making PTA swoon as he saw this in college.
Beauty and the Beast ( Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise, 1991)
"In these sterile, technological days when creations of architecture, movies and other splendors are inferior to the classics of past ages, this artisan-crafted masterpiece is perhaps the closest we'll ever come to a Gothic cathedral." Duane Byrge - Hollywood Reporter
urbanpatrician says: A very tragic romance against a Gothic ancient castle time backdrop. There is something about the 90s Disney films, as it feels like The Lion King and The Beauty and the Beast are what people usually single out. I see random mentions of Disney films not counting Pixar before the 90s, but they don't regularly make people's all time favorites lists.
My #17! I just rewatched this a few months past. Just the right amount of darkness to give the whole thing weight. The editing should get more attention too: musical numbers like "Belle" and "Be Our Guest" pop off the screen because of it.
"Even in such a visually sumptuous work, Kieslowski is brave enough to tell us -- through blackouts, blurred focus and commanding stillness -- not to look, but simply to listen. " Jonathan Kiefer - Salon.com
urbanpatrician says: Really good tragedy piece. Can hear those gloomy piano notes in my sleep.
" At its best, it's a dream within a dream, a nightmare in endlessly reflecting pop mirrors, a screen full of TV-movie sex and horror kitsch blowing up right in our faces. " Michael Wilmington - Los Angeles Times
urbanpatrician says: Nice little wet dream. Some moments where my brain was like "ok... puzzle over, zoning out" but it's still mostly entertaining, I'll ride along with this story of a devilishly lurking evil featuring a virgin mary undergoing her severe loss of innocence.
"This engrossing centrepiece meshes with subplots involving Burnham's dysfunctional family and unbalanced neighbours, in a virtuoso study of isolation, repression and fulfilment. Mendes infuses the lush visuals and lyrical script with dramatic panache. " Ed Potton - Times (UK)
urbanpatrician says: Last rewatch 6 months ago really sunk it. It's a shell of the film I remember in 1999. Like it doesn't even feel like I saw the same film that I liked in my teens anymore. That said, it's still top of the barrel compared to other BP winners after Amadeus.... because, they kinda mostly suck.
"Even as Leigh derives gentle comedy from the plight, aspirations and often pathetic attempts at communication of Cynthia (Blethyn) and her tribe, an immense, unforced sympathy is extended to all involved, a generosity of spirit thoroughly in keeping with the performances." Geoff Andrew - Time Out
urbanpatrician says: Really like this one. Mike Leigh and his most elaborately drawn out chronicle.
"The struggle among the wives for power, or at least the appearance of it, allows Zhang to suggest disturbing links between past and present. Gong Li delivers a performance of exquisite expressiveness that, like the film itself, is unnerving in its emotional nakedness." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
urbanpatrician says: A definite classic, but Zhang tends to be be singled out for two films.... Raise the Red Lantern and Hero. I think To Live is on par, actually better than those 2.
"[The Coens] rummaged through political and personal history for the underpinnings of this Los Angeles caper, from 1998, sending up, with rueful astonishment, the American way of war. " Richard Brody - New Yorker
urbanpatrician says: Not my favorite Coens. Call it a middle of the pack Coens for me. The perception around this feels kinda different compared to the late 90s/early 00s tho.
""The whiplash, double-pronged Chungking Express is one of the defining works of nineties cinema and the film that made Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai an instant icon. Two heartsick Hong Kong cops (Kaneshiro and Leung), both jilted by ex-lovers, cross paths at the Midnight Express take-out restaurant stand, where the ethereal pixie waitress Faye (Faye Wong) works, which cemented the sex appeal of its gorgeous stars and forever turned canned pineapple and the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’” into tokens of romantic longing." - The Criterion Collection
urbanpatrician says: Always loved this pretty as pie movie. I went 10 years without seeing it before 2015/2016 and it just keeps getting better. That review up there^, holy shit... good stuff.