Fernando F. Croce

Fernando F. Croce
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T-Meter Title | Year
89% The Cheat (1915) [Cecil B. DeMille] understands the cinematic zones where the dueling impulses of prudery and titillation meet. - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
100% The Hunt (La caza) (1966) Shotguns and pistols, scopes and binoculars, rock 'n' roll and martial drums. - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
60% Ladies and Gentlemen: The Fabulous Stains (1981) Nancy Dowd's blueprint has scrappy traces of The Girl Can't Help It (and the seeds of Madonna, Courtney, Britney...), Lou Adler's direction has an exhausted band wrangler's acquaintance with waves and fads. - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
41% Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964) Having picked up a modicum of craft since Blood Feast, Lewis integrates the gruesome money-shots less maladroitly into the story. Still, his sideshow-barker shamelessness remains undimmed. - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
36% Robot Monster (1953) Let the dullards have their Most Amusingly Bad contests and Golden Turkey trophies, the cinephile will receive Tucker's surrealism with pleasure and notice the sketches for The Man Who Fell to Earth. - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
83% Lucia (1968) Sprawling canvas to Alea's intimate inquiry, Humberto Solás' political-personal epic locates the characters posed on the shifting historical tectonics - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
No Score Yet Paranoia (Orgasmo) (1969) Umberto Lenzi takes the smooth Chabrolian veneer and spreads a little grime over it - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
93% Hugo (2011) Scorsese luxuriates in artifice, but at its generous best Hugo offers a lovely instance of technology made human and spun from one generation to the next. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
75% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) Lynne Ramsay's third feature is a mishmash of soiled diapers, leaden musical cues and underlined soul-sickness. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
75% War Horse (2011) All the sumptuous pomp and sweep add up to little more than an inflated remake of Lassie Come Home, a step backwards from his mostly splendid mature films that feels closer to the labored and hollow Spielberg pastiche of Super 8. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) It's lucid, ingenious filmmaking, at least until the action motor slows down and the paint-by-numbers handling of flesh and bone turns glaring. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
60% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) When the herky-jerky camera zips into the barrels of a musket or spins through the gears of a cannon, is it visualizing the mercurial mindset of the inquisitive character or merely the lack of confidence of the antsy filmmaker? - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
72% The Hunter (2012) Pitts's striking visual control ensures that the divide between institutionalized injustice and personal revenge remains volatile, thorny terrain. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
83% House of Bamboo (1955) [House of Bamboo] is an example of the iconoclastic filmmaker's ribald eye for cinematic collisions of characters and forms. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
82% The Double Hour (2011) As directed by Giuseppe Capotondi with little more than a chilled eye for sleek surfaces, the rug-pulling games make for mental chewing gum that quickly loses its flavor. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
90% Bridesmaids (2011) The director is sitcom vet Paul Feig but the auteur is star and co-writer Kristen Wiig, who takes center stage after displaying flashes of fuzzy brilliance. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
33% The Hangover Part II (2011) An obnoxious installment in an obnoxious franchise, The Hangover Part II is also (intentionally or not) fascinatingly bent on disconcerting its target audience. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) The newest chapter has a mermaid rampage shot like Ovidian Piranha outtakes, variously mummified cameos by Ponce de León and Keith Richards, and heightened contrasts between sandpapery skin and powdered perukes. In 3D! And it's entirely useless. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
93% Summer (Le rayon vert) (1986) Le rayon vert is one of Éric Rohmer's greatest studies of light, voices, and mercurial human sensation. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
81% Super 8 (2011) No film this year opens more promisingly and ends more dismally than J.J. Abrams' Super 8. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
23% Leap Year (2010) Leap Year may be too narrow a scenario to sustain the allegories of cultural bondage Rowe is aiming for. There's no denying, however, his eye for the bold and subtle body language of his main actress, and for evocative visuals - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
87% Terri (2011) Terri examines the freakery and geekery of puberty not with Miguel Arteta's clamminess but with the serene, compassionate excruciation that's become Jacobs' distinctive timbre. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) And yet, by now it all comes together into a personal vision, imbecilic and undeniably whole. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
33% The Ward (2011) The result is a trim, scrubbed work, as strange and distilled as a mid-1930s Tod Browning chiller. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
87% Polytechnique (2009) A well-meaning memoriam designed to revisit still-aching wounds only to tastefully dull them, the film aims for a combination of requiem and nightmare but, like Incendies. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
100% World on a Wire (2011) But what of the miracle (is there another word for it?) of the transcendental finale? - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
72% The Future (2011) How much further July can push her blend of whimsy and pain remains to be seen, but this is arguably the strangest study of artistic and parental anxiety since Eraserhead. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
73% Bellflower (2011) A striking debut. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
90% Attack the Block (2011) Attack the Block is a prime example of what Kent Jones perceptively noted regarding John Carpenter's They Live, the B-movie's ability to penetrate working-class strife while working within unpretentious genre frames. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
82% Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) Paced like a rocket but de-politicized and de-poeticized, adorned with sprawling camera movements yet trapped in shallow screen space, the film clomps through with a flatness that makes its vision of the beginning of mankind's end seem weirdly soothing. - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
90% A Short Film About Killing (1988) The obscured-vision effects of Slawomir Idziak's dirty-sepia filters -- characters encircled by soiling irises -- suggest isolated realities clashing appallingly in the most excruciating murder since Torn Curtain's farmhouse killing. - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
95% A Short Film About Love (1988) A moral tract, like Krzysztof Kieslowski's other Dekalog expansion, though physical contact here revolves around the brutality of emotion, rather than killing -- the results are no less visceral. - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
100% Lola (1961) The Ophüls question ("Quelle heure est-il?") is always in the air, along with the tilting, craning and tracking that link and sever feelings. - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
90% The Story Of A Cheat (Le roman d'un tricheur) (1936) One of Sacha Guitry's most enjoyably ephemeral soufflés. - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
61% The Last House on the Left (1972) Indelibly scummy, Wes Craven's freshman shocker is less a rip-off of The Virgin Spring than a purposefully degraded update, with the medieval barbarism of the original cannily transplanted to Vietnam-era America. - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
86% The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) A sardonic wink, back at The Phantom of the Opera and ahead toward Phantom of the Paradise, with The Avengers as structure and plenty of Franju in the mix. - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
88% Kill, Baby, Kill (Operazione paura) (Curse of the Living Dead) (Don't Walk in the Park) (1966) The recurring vision of the staring blonde child comes from Flemish painting, the early image of sundry crucifixes like mushrooms on a mossy boulder comes from Mario Bava - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
95% The Queen of Spades (1949) Otto Heller's chiaroscuro cinematography and Oliver Messel's Gothic designs play vital roles in Dickinson's thorough demolition of period genteelness for the horror in it. - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
90% The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) Eastwood's laconic gunslinger leaves a trail of bodies and tobacco spit throughout the film, but the trajectory lies in his questioning of the Man-of-No-Name mold though interaction with the more earthbound humans. - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
95% From Russia With Love (1964) The series' tightest expression of brutes playacting as gentlemen - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2016
29% The Struggle (1931) Griffith doesn't cloak the story's creakiness, he faces it head-on and erects images to embody and purify its emotions. - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
100% The Lost Weekend (1945) Dry alkies and wet teetotalers perpetually out of balance, startlingly laid out by Wilder as a lonely metropolis' quivering nervous system - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2016
90% The Producers (1968) Brooks in his feature debut already knows that vulgarity is both meticulous art and timeless industry - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2016
86% Possession (The Night the Screaming Stops) (1983) Zulawski's grand and shivery art-therapy hallucination, a burlesque farrago of domestic dramas played close and fast in a distinctively Polish register - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
93% On the Town (1949) Kelly and Donen take the MGM musical outdoors, the New York minute is stretched to 24 hours - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2016
95% Wild Strawberries (1957) Bergman's dual journey of remembrances and reveries - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2016
93% Johnny Guitar (1954) Nicholas Ray's overwhelming ballad - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2016
97% Nights of Cabiria (Le Notti di Cabiria) (1957) Fellini's sad and magical nocturne, a demimonde hopping to Nino Rota's nightclub mambo and Masina's wondrous way with silent-movie throbs - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2016
69% The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) Lustrous caricature of Hammer frights - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2015
No Score Yet David Copperfield (The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger) (1935) The screen bulges from the pleasure of Dickens - CinePassion EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2015