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All That Jazz (1979)
It's showtime, folks!
Fosse has created a work of astonishing depth here. Rarely does a film fuse so harmoniously technical, emotional and thematic majesty. The film takes the form of a confessional tract, and by the magnificent conclusion we feel as if we really do know the protagonist. Despite its weighty subject matter and broad narrative scope, the picture feels brisk and very watchable indeed. A staggering achievement.
Bad Boys II (2003)
A work of the utmost aplomb
Mr. Bay has woven a rather fine little film here, throwing aside any narrative concerns in favour of gleeful destruction and wild swagger. The film is a Grand Guignol, a veritable schmorgasbord of over-the-top delights. This film, however, is not for the faint of heart or delicate of mind - Mr. Bay revels in detailing the most vile dismemberment, the most foul obscenities and all manner of combustion. Marvelous!
This pile of steaming cinematic waste is an insult to English cinema. We gave the world Long Good Friday, Get Carter, Kes, Italian Job, Trainspotting, Ratcatcher, Ealing and some of the most remarkable movies to ever grace the screen. This, on the other hand, seems like a few steps back into neanderthal territory. Utterly dire all round - an artistic, technical and (inevitably) commercial failure. AVOID!
Finding Nemo (2003)
A spectacle in every way, this film is guaranteed to delight viewers of all ages. An instant classic, and an example of cinema at its most spellbinding. The animation is cutting edge, the jokes fly thick and fast, there's not too much maudlin sentiment to weigh one down, and the musical score is among the best I've heard in recent years. Flawless!
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Wes Anderson has topped even the vertiginous heights of 'Rushmore' with this wonderfully-crafted ode to dysfunctional families. Anderson is a cinematic sorcerer, weaving a complex story with skill and dazzling the senses with a schmorgasbord of cinematic masterstrokes. The characters are the real juicy morsels in this visual pudding, however - each is as complex, contradictory and downright fascinating as you or I. The film had me guffawing like a madman throughout, save for various moments of heart-wrenching drama, where I near wept like a newborn. This film will stand the test of time.
Road to Perdition (2002)
He's done it again!
Sam Mendes, that sly old cad, has done it again - he's crafted yet another memorable and moving cinematic jewel. The film progresses at a regal pace, perfect for luxuriating in all the visual and emotional splendor on offer. Tom Hanks and Paul Newman are simply delightful, as is Jude Law, proving yet again that he is an actor of considerable merit. The cinematography is a testament to the art form's power. The musical score is utterly brilliant, and lends the film a certain majesty that elevates this fine piece to the status of high cinema. Essential viewing for anyone interested in motion pictures. 10 out of 10.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
A very fine film indeed
'L.A Confidential' is a fine motion picture, boasting some wonderful moments of pure, unalloyed brilliance. The central characters are brought to life with staggering aplomb, and the director skillfully guides them through a thoroughly ingenious story with stylistic flair and much gusto. Hollywood of the era is captured with astonishing vividness, and the soundtrack boasts some real delights. You'd be an imbecile to miss 'L.A Confidential'.