I'm coming to this one from a weird angle, having never seen the loathed theatrical cut. There are some really cool bits here, but the film seems to be a tad overcrowded. There are a handful of great supporting characters, who all seem to die off just as they become integral or interesting.
Weaver is great again as the hardnosed Ripley, and the overall cast is excellent. The Alien effects leave something to be desired, not sure if…
A stunning film for most of its runtime. I knew nothing of this particular serial killer going in, and was better off for it. Only falters towards the end, where the protag gets an out-of-place round of applause, and the serial killer is executed in very campy fashion. Chemistry between the two leads (Sutherland and Rea) is off the charts. Recommended to true crime fans, and people looking for films similar to the fantastic Memories of Murder.
Brilliant premise and wonderful cinematography are ultimately wasted on Scanners. The "lead" (if you can even call him that) puts in one of the worst performances I've seen, reciting every line as if it is the first time he's ever said those words in that order. Which may actually be true, given how Cronenberg was forced to put the movie into production before the script had been finalized. He would spend the first 2…
I'm on a huge roll watching movies that are visually competent and rewarding, but are lacking in other basic film criterion such as plot and characterization. Inferno fits that bill pretty nicely, featuring great cinematography on the streets of Rome and New York, as well as some amazing color work, but ultimately lacks the necessary plot cohesion to be a great piece of film-making. There is, however, also the added bonus here of an…