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Douglas Pratt

Douglas Pratt
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
71% De Helaasheid der Dingen (The Misfortunates) (2010) A bawdy, heartfelt glimpse into a proudly dysfunctional Belgium family.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 14, 2010
91% Fantastic Planet (1973) The film's images are phantasmagorical.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Sep 9, 2008
67% Easy Virtue (1927) The film's conclusion is rushed, but the movie still has much to admire as a catty drama about scandal and scorn.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Sep 9, 2008
89% Allegro Non Troppo (1976) Generally humorous, quite colorful, and at least somewhat thought provoking.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Sep 3, 2008
88% The Tuskegee Airmen (1995) The script has a weak structure and the characters are fairly superficial, but the film is still moving as all get out.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Aug 25, 2008
100% The Maltese Falcon (1941) The film is made up almost entirely of talk, and yet the performances are so wonderfully flamboyant and focused that conversations become the action of the movie.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Aug 22, 2008
No Score Yet Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985) The second act is a yawner, but the opening is exciting and the ending will please any viewer who thrives on action, special effects, and Ewoks.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Aug 13, 2008
23% The Ewok Adventure (1984) The characterizations aren't strong enough to carry it, and the children who are attracted to the Ewoks-at-home sequences will probably be scared to death by the effects work.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Aug 13, 2008
90% Phantom Of The Opera (1925) [A] silent classic.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Aug 12, 2008
96% Opening Night (1977) The unpredictability of Rowlands' character brings one surprise after another to the narrative as the other characters scramble to accommodate or cajole her, and the surprises are often as funny as they are intensely dramatic.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Aug 11, 2008
89% Hoosiers (1986) [A] compelling, enjoyable yarn.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Aug 5, 2008
91% Pat and Mike (1952) The familiarity the two stars communicate goes far beyond the script.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Aug 4, 2008
73% The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962) In attempting to straddle dramatic realism, Richardson tried hard to avoid moralizing on the hypocrisies of adults or exaggerating the experiences of youth, but in striving for the middle ground, he also strive for mediocrity.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Aug 4, 2008
65% American Flyers (1985) Scriptwriter Steve Tesich returns to bicycle racing, but he's forced to throw in a subplot about an incurable movie disease to make the thing work.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Aug 4, 2008
93% The Pride of the Yankees (1942) Classic.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Aug 4, 2008
67% Once Upon a Time in China 3 (Wong Fei Hung ji saam: Si wong jaang ba) (1993) The film has a strong blend of humor, action and drama.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Jul 28, 2008
71% Zhong Nan Hai bao biao (The Defender) (The Bodyguard from Beijing) (1994) The story is utterly predictable, but the action scenes are creative and Li exudes excitement every time the camera turns to him -- there is no wonder at all why Chung's character is willing to dump all her riches to be in his arms.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Jul 28, 2008
71% The Legend of the Swordsman (Xiao ao jiang hu zhi: Dong Fang Bu Bai) (Swordsman II) (1992) For the uninitiated, much of the action might seem confusing, but for those who have a familiarity with the conventions of the genre, the film's fight scenes are a real kick, getting even wilder and wilder as the film progresses.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Jul 28, 2008
95% Floating Weeds (Ukigusa) (1959) Yasujiro Ozu's film is in color, and the screen compositions are incredible.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Jul 28, 2008
25% Condorman (1981) Young children will be unmoved by the film, but older children will enjoy it, as will adults looking for some mindless fun.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Jul 16, 2008
40% The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980) It is a formula effort, mixing safe thrills and pleasantries, and is fairly harmless entertainment.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Jul 16, 2008
64% Il portiere di notte (The Night Porter) (1974) People can read artistic significance into anything and lots of people have read gobs of it into this, but it is a silly movie with lots of perverse sex and no redeeming values, artistic or otherwise.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Jul 16, 2008
93% Theater of Blood (Theatre of Blood) (Much Ado About Murder) (1973) Now we don't normally take to the idea that someone should go around murdering critics, since more than one disc producer is after our own head, but the movie is always a treat when it shows up on late night television.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Jul 1, 2008
92% Risky Business (1983) It works well as a comedy but one cringes at the thought that it defined, for a while, the social expectations of a generation.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Jun 25, 2008
100% The Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (The Bad Sleep Well) (1962) t is almost an anti-thriller, but viewers who are willing to steep themselves in the intricacies of Japanese ceremonies and the banal details of evil will find the experience highly rewarding.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Jun 19, 2008
85% Macbeth (1950) The movie is so fragmented that no real interpretation of the play ever coagulates. As with all of Welles' films, however, there are a number of memorable moments.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Jun 18, 2008
86% Othello (The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice) (1955) A marvelous, very un-stage-like and brisk adaptation that never compromises the spirit of its source.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Jun 18, 2008
58% The MacKintosh Man (1973) For the most part the film is standard fare, with plot discrepancies countered by the film's atmosphere and star appeal.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Jun 18, 2008
36% Harry & Son (1984) Produced, directed and even partially scripted by Newman, the story about a man suffering from a heart condition is hardly exciting or rewarding material.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Jun 17, 2008
No Score Yet Going Overboard (1989) When a star becomes really successful, the public is inundated with every scrap of celluloid he ever worked on as he learned his craft, and such is the case with this Adam Sandler vehicle.‐ DVDLaser
Posted May 22, 2008
88% Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different (1972) A collection of deliberately unlinked comedy sketches and animated filler, the film is a workable sampler of the group's humor.‐ DVDLaser
Posted May 14, 2008
15% Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997) Works a little better than the first Power Rangers movie but will not extend its appeal beyond the show's fan base.‐ DVDLaser
Posted May 14, 2008
74% Strange Brew (1983) The film celebrates stupidity and would likely have caused an international incident if Canadians weren't so nice, but it essentially lives up to its premise, once in a while coming up with a gag that is halfway funny.‐ DVDLaser
Posted May 13, 2008
80% Francis (1950) The film is funnier in concept than it is in demonstration, but it has endured over time and is pleasant, repeatable entertainment.‐ DVDLaser
Posted May 12, 2008
84% The Blues Brothers (1980) A cult musical comedy film with a still-growing reputation.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Apr 1, 2008
38% Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987) Intermittently entertaining and embarrassing.‐ DVDLaser
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89% Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (2002) A wild martial arts feature that combines a prison movie setting with the sort of gore effects one normally finds in a horror film.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Mar 12, 2008
100% Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959) The film presents a series of utterly charming moments, some magical and some down-to-earth but, considering the setting, equally utopian.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Mar 10, 2008
96% Les Vampires (1915) The elaborate production, written and directed by Louis Feuillade, is an epic modern crime thriller, the precursor to many of today's multi-million dollar action films.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Mar 4, 2008
73% Les Enfants terribles (The Strange Ones) (1950) One must admire the talents of Melville and Cocteau while watching the film, but the strongest emotions are arch and the biggest plot turns are silly.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Mar 3, 2008
90% Topkapi (1964) It is the performances, however, that have enabled the movie to retain its vitality.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Mar 3, 2008
No Score Yet Rented Lips (1988) Martin Mull stars and the scenes he appears in are often humorous, but when he is not present, the movie is as bad as they come.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Feb 27, 2008
100% Elephant Boy (1937) Robert Flaherty joined forces with Zoltan Korda to produce the terrific adventure film, based upon a Rudyard Kipling tale.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Feb 26, 2008
67% The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) A captivating murder mystery, and although the viewer finds out fairly early on who the killer is, the mystery of his motive and the suspense of his capture are sufficient to keep one glued to the screen.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Feb 5, 2008
83% The Long Riders (1980) It is an action film, an engaging one, and covers old ground with a contemporary style which never feels out of place.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Feb 5, 2008
89% Midnight Cowboy (1969) The movie is locked into a sixties stylistic approach that can feel dated, but Hoffman's performance can prevent one from ever tiring of the film.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Jan 30, 2008
85% Gandhi (1982) Ben Kingsley's title performance is amazing, particularly in the way he ages across the five decades which the film depicts.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Jan 29, 2008
58% Out of Africa (1985) The film runs for 161 minutes and does not have a strongly defined narrative.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Jan 28, 2008
85% Brian's Song (1970) The film's emotions are obvious and blunt, but they get the job done.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Jan 25, 2008
No Score Yet Incident at Blood Pass (1970) Terrific plotting, marvelous music and Toshiro Mifune.‐ DVDLaser
Posted Jan 22, 2008