Only a tiny glimpse of the capacities of a daring filmmaker who long… MoreOnly a tiny glimpse of the capacities of a daring filmmaker who long ago had the power, will and talent to incite, inspire, repel or seduce audiences with a particular realm of sexuality and the human condition. Bertolucci seems to have come to terms with his age and his poor health condition, something that brings to my mind the loathsome and sad phrase: "geriatric filmmaker". It tries to revisit all his themes, but can't live up to it's creator's reputation. Conventional and tiresome.
Tim Roth's tour-de-force debut role. The film itself has little to… MoreTim Roth's tour-de-force debut role. The film itself has little to nothing to say. Gritty cinematography with cold and sloppy storytelling. Roth, again, is mesmerizing.
Laughs and nostalgia intertwine beautifully in Wilder's explorations… MoreLaughs and nostalgia intertwine beautifully in Wilder's explorations of American values and culture. Prostitution, pimping and wife swapping are decorously wrapped in a sweet and cunning manner. The viennese genius never ceases to amaze me.
Gene Tierney succeeds playing against character, substituting her… MoreGene Tierney succeeds playing against character, substituting her angelic presence for a childish, treacherous and venomous femme fatale. Noir in blazing technicolor, beautifully shot.
formulaic and predictable, but never an idiotic run-of-the-mill action… Moreformulaic and predictable, but never an idiotic run-of-the-mill action movie of the week, a rather well written and correctly paced old school thriller similar (although miles away) to what Peter Yates, Don Siegel and Walter Hill did for the genre, unpretentious and solid entertainment.
Von Trier has never been my cup of tea, and here he is flexing his… MoreVon Trier has never been my cup of tea, and here he is flexing his provocateur nature to the extreme. this vaguely reminded me of some psychosexual themes explored more succesfully by people like Bergman, Cronenberg or Zulawski, only that even the last two could rely a bit more on subtlety rather than plethoric violence. However a demented and deceiving film that provokes my guts and my curiosity is worth the time.