Schmalzler has written 11 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★½

    What he says but a half star more positive.

  • Little Shop of Horrors

    Little Shop of Horrors

    ★★★½

    Not a good script and a mediocre musical but I give it one star extra only for the great special fx.

  • Rica

    Rica

    ★★★½

    With the japanese Pam Grier!

    I'm a little bit torn with this flick. I love the action and violence in it and the often strange dialoge is entertaining but the erratic story is confusing and tiring by time. Amongst others because it has a strange mix of melodramatic, action and fun.

  • Raw

    Raw

    ★★★½

    I have no fucking clue why this is so often mentioned along with barf bags given out to the audience, fainted viewers, disgust and gore.
    This drove my expectations way too high even though I knew in which thematic direction it wants to go and I don't know if it's the expectation but I think the issues and how the director wanted to present them could have tolerated a good load more of disgust and they wouldn't have drowned in…

  • Balls of Fury

    Balls of Fury

    ★★★½

    I was expecting a big disappointment. A bad movie but not the a bit dumb lough out loud (I don't mean LOL!) comedy I wanted to see. Now that I've seen it I have to say it's neither a bad or a very good comedy.
    I laughed a few times; there's some good humor a la one of the better typical 21th century dumb american comedies.
    But there's something strange that I've never experienced in such an extent in other…

  • The Suckling

    The Suckling

    ★★★½

    Not nearly enough nudity and not enough gore but a pretty decent cinematography

  • Screwballs

    Screwballs

    ★★★½

    Bad and fucking stupid. I loved it! The first 20 minutes. The humor just doesn't hold up for the whole movie (which is rather short).

  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest

    ★★★½

    Great directing over the whole film but the story and how it's told has too much flaws after the point where the big secret is revealed which is faaar too early. It's taking out all the suspense through irritation and is completely unnecessery due to the fact that it's only for the audience and later in the movie the same thing is brought to the character. And thats not the only scene where the audience is held for a bit stupid.
    But after all a film that's worth watching.

  • Snake Eyes

    Snake Eyes

    ★★★½

    De Palma like great cinematography, not a very strong story/ending and a sometimes annoying Nicolas Cage.
    If it hadn't been De Palma doing that movie it would be mediocre at best.
    But it was him - staging it to the best.

  • T2 Trainspotting

    T2 Trainspotting

    ★★★½

    It felt like eating a bowl of memberberries. Nothing new and nothing individual but just a reminder about the first.
    Pretty entertaining though.

  • Bullitt

    Bullitt

    ★★★½

    I don't know what it is with this film.
    I like the look. It has some stylish violent scenes that I do like a lot. I think Steve McQueen is cool as fuck and the car chase sequence is just damn great.
    But there is something with the acting and the lack of suspense at which I'm not sure if it's really the acting bothering me that the film doesn't catch me as I wished it would.