Christofer has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ during 2015.

  • Wild City

    Wild City

    ★★★★★

    Ringo Lam's ultimate city symphony.

    Although he has been absent for the past 12 years, there is only one fundamental aspect of Wild City that would indicate the long hiatus: it is an old man's film, it is, once again, about the weight of time and changes in Hong Kong that essentially keep it the same, with faults that appear less and less circumstantial.

    Nonetheless, Lam does not let the lost years transpire on the screen, neither does he attempt…

  • Massacre Time

    Massacre Time

    ★★★★★

    Le colt cantarono la morte e fu... Tempo di Massacro (also known by the less spectacular English titles Massacre Time, Colt Concert or The Brute and the Beast) is the first western directed by Lucio Fulci, breaking a long series of comedies (some in the mold of other genres, such as the musical and the spy movie) he helmed between 1959-1966 and also the first film (among those I managed to watch) in which the material allowed him to handle…

  • The Last Airbender

    The Last Airbender

    ★★★★★

    "There are reasons each of us are born. We have to find those reasons."

    The 100+ million dollar blockbuster just found his.

    There hasn't been an action/adventure movie as beautiful as this since Fleischer's Red Sonja.

  • The Enforcer

    The Enforcer

    ★★★★★

    Those 2 or 3 seconds Yuen gives to the kid falling down while Jet Li stands frozen, staring in the direction of the villain he just shot, perfectly expose the concise artistry of his filmmaking, the whole final standoff could be put side by side with Fuller's Forty Guns and not be harmed in the comparison, even with all the balletic, melodramatic and bizarrely humorous fighting Yuen is known for (in the most well balanced form I've seen), there are…

  • Hannibal

    Hannibal

    ★★★★★

    One aspect that makes Hannibal quite exceptional, and that should probably be credited to David Mamet's initial involvement, is its structural concision and the acceptance of those figures as archetypical, preventing the subtextually charged material from becoming too literal on the screen, from overly psychologizing the procedures (as did Demme's The Silence of the Lambs). Scott makes a clever choice in emphasizing the abundant references to the long Italian tradition in representations which blurry the line between horror, beauty and…

  • Djinn

    Djinn

    ★★★★★

    Just finished this translation (a bad translation, I'm afraid, my english is not the best) of a long review I wrote last year as part of a dossier on Tobe Hooper. It was intended as a follow up to an essay about the core ideas in his films, mostly The Funhouse and Poltergeist (which I want to post on the blog soon), but if you've seen those I don't think there will be any problems understanding the references. A lot…

  • Cold Heaven

    Cold Heaven

    ★★★★★

    I am very familiar with Roeg's work and nothing here is atypical in the context of his filmography, but, at the beginning, I was more bothered than interested, a very simple plot is presented but the movie seems to deny its development with each subsequent scene, the drama of marital problems soon gets overshadowed by indications of a more fantastic story driven by the protagonist's attempt to deal with guilt, so the tone is ill-defined (and over the top) from…