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djross
Celluloid Junkie - 3214 Films Ranked
Member Since: Apr 15, 2006
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Age: 43
Gender: Male
Bio: A score between 91 and 100 indicates a masterpiece.

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Recent Rankings
65 T7 In the Name of the Girl (2011) - Oct 20, 2014
"A very watchable political parable in favour of reason and egalitarianism, set in 1976 and seen from a child's perspective. Hermida again shows herself to be quite a warm, gentle and thoughtful filmmaker. Perhaps at times the film could have been a little more subtle, but it is mostly rather likeable and even a little affecting. Since the DVD unfortunately lacks English subtitles, watched in Spanish with French captions."
45 T4 O nosso Homem (2010) - Oct 20, 2014
"Yet another iteration of TARRAFAL and THE RABBIT HUNTERS, combining elements of both. Unclear to this viewer why a third version was required three years later."
50 T5 Memories (2007) - Oct 20, 2014
"Score is for Pedro Costa's THE RABBIT HUNTERS only (on the COLOSSAL YOUTH DVD): a re-cut version of TARRAFAL, omitting the opening section, reversing a shot, and making some other changes."
55 T6 O Estado do Mundo (2007) - Oct 19, 2014
"Score is for the Pedro Costa episode (TARRAFAL) only (on the COLOSSAL YOUTH DVD): fairly evocative depiction in miniature of difficult life."
75 T9 Colossal Youth (2006) - Oct 19, 2014
"This seems to have been made by inventing a technique through which real lives are distilled down to an essence, but where in fact this quasi-anthropological approach, which cannot actually be called "realism" or "naturalism", is filled with artifice and indeed historical and cinematic reference. Whether any of this (aside from the very obvious compositional care) yields much in the way of audience pleasure is another question, but one that is perhaps not foremost in the filmmaker's practice."
45 T4 Oculus (2014) - Oct 16, 2014
"Makes a fair amount out of the idea of the mirror as a screen or projector of remembered or fantasised traumatic events, but fails to follow through, becoming too preoccupied with playing out the mechanics of the narrative in an increasingly generic fashion. The film does not build to a wildly horrifying climax, nor does it resolve the ideas it has set up in a way that is either satisfying or effectively disconcerting, and hence it fails to capitalise on the audience's investment in the premise."
20 T1 Upside Down (2012) - Oct 15, 2014
"Very weak dialogue and characters fatally undermine this Calvinoesque fantasy fairytale about a young man from the serf class who pines for an aristocratic young woman afflicted with amnesia. Even the overexposed orange and teal cinematography merely seems gaudy and empty. There is something remarkable about the fact that, armed with a script that was both extremely shoddy and lacking in any elements of mass-market appeal, it was still possible to con investors into parting with $50 million."
60 T6 Under the Skin (2014) - Oct 14, 2014
"A very abstracted science fictional examination of the predatory and nightmarish aspects of contemporary sexuality. Much effort has been expended in audio and visual design, and indeed in casting, but the whole "learning to feel, and hence to become more human, and hence vulnerable" theme is a rather tired and unexciting narrative journey. Yet while the storytelling is undoubtedly minimalist, the aesthetic effect does seem to be delivered hypodermically, and hence in the form of an après-coup."
55 T6 Blood for Dracula (1974) - Oct 13, 2014
"A corrupt and perverse aristocracy, deep into its decline, is forced to feed on itself and to confront the anger and violence of those it has exploited, whose triumph is viewed as ambiguous at best, all staged as psychosexual melodrama. Not quite the gusto of FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN, but numerous memorable scenes, and a similar visual style and use of music. From a certain perspective this is just terrible, but it is hard to deny it possesses not only a certain complexity but a kind of odd charm."
55 T6 Riding Giants (2004) - Oct 09, 2014
"It would, no doubt, be grossly unfair to describe this as a film about the proposition that size matters."
 
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