Monday, 15 January 2018

Furankenshutain no kaijû: Sanda tai Gaira (1966)

Deliverance (1972)

Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, an outdoor fanatic takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Elina Löwensohn

Howards End (1992)

A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman.
A successful adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel about moral hypocrisy thanks to a wonderful cast and tasteful production.
On renewed viewing: a classic of its own kind; always worth a rewatch.
Halliwell***: "The best of the adaptations of Forster's novels, in which the nostalgia is undercut by an examination of the moral bankruptcy of the ruling class."
Maltin****: "Sumptuous, stimulating adaptation of E.M Forster's novel of class distinction...Extraordinarily good on every level." 

Amy Acker

Lonely Hearts (2006)

Two homicide detectives track  a murderous pair known as the "Lonely Hearts Killers" who lured their victims through the personals.

True crime story gets a slight neo-noir treatment in this well-made, but not quite exciting movie, though Salma Hayek surprises in a very unusual role; a far cry from The Honeymoon Killers, which is based on the same story.

Maltin**: "Uninspired treatment of acutely unpleasant material..."