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Celluloid Junkie - 3182 Films Ranked
Member Since: Apr 15, 2006
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Age: 43
Gender: Male
Bio: A score between 91 and 100 indicates a masterpiece.
Recent Rankings
80 T9 Pourquoi Israel (1973) - Aug 21, 2014
"Very good exploration of the contradictions, paradoxes, ambiguities and ambivalences of a nation whose collective personality has been formed and deformed through the trauma of the Holocaust. Israel's strange mix of idealism, pragmatism, religiosity, secularism and hysteria are very well captured, and yet, at a distance of more than forty years, it is hard not to see the world shown to us by Lanzmann without feeling a combination of nostalgia, melancholy, frustration and disappointment."
45 T4 Heaven's Gate (1980) - Aug 18, 2014
"Visually striking movie that fails in its ambition to be a tragic epic on the American crucible. Badly in need of another writer to improve dialogue and characterisation, a lesson the filmmaker had learned by the time he made his next movie...when he hired Oliver Stone. Aspects of the narrative and premise resemble McCABE AND MRS MILLER. And the tripartite structure is seemingly not without some vague connection to 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY."
50 T5 Ted (2012) - Aug 14, 2014
"The couch on which I sat while watching this is identical to the one with which Ted furnished his apartment."
30 T2 The Expendables 2 (2012) - Aug 14, 2014
"Generally improves upon the first instalment, but still relies too greatly on the pleasures of cartoonishness and on the ability of its all-star cast to trigger nostalgic sentiment in an almost automatic way."
75 T9 Une chambre en ville (1982) - Aug 11, 2014
"A musical about industrial and domestic politics that applies Demy's aesthetic and emotional approach to material that is more darkly tragic, both in terms of the romance and in terms of the subtler, underlying themes of loyalty and rejection, love and hate, solidarity and oppression, and poverty and exploitation."
45 T4 The Next Three Days (2010) - Aug 10, 2014
"Despite a fair attempt to create tension, and a fairly impressive cast, this tale of a faithful, law-abiding husband embracing crime and even murder to rescue his imprisoned wife is ultimately just too silly and implausible. Minor characters are used in a sometimes odd and clunky way that goes nowhere. The filmmakers attempt to blur a few generic lines and to introduce a bit of thematic complexity via Cervantes, but ultimately these strategies are discarded in the name of narrative resolution."
65 T7 The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013) - Aug 10, 2014
"Intriguing tale of human unsociability that benefits from copious research."
60 T6 The Raid 2 (2014) - Aug 09, 2014
"Like Hyams in 2012 and Refn in 2013, Evans seems to have made a decision to be much more aesthetically audacious than previously, in terms of colour, composition, camera movement, sound and the depiction of violence. Unlike Hyams and Refn, he has in other ways remained firmly within generic convention, in terms of narrative, themes, the invincibility of the protagonist against sequentially arriving attackers, and so on. The film thus gives the viewer much pleasure within its own artistic limits."
60 T6 Model Shop (1969) - Aug 07, 2014
"Something of a cross between LE FEU FOLLET and FIVE EASY PIECES (which is interesting, considering who helped with the English dialogue), this seems really to be about depression, and an outsider's perspective on the United States in troubled times. A long step down from Demy's masterpieces, with some definite flaws and weaknesses, but this is not without some interesting characteristics: the driving sequences make very good use of music, and the final scene is unexpectedly affecting."
20 T1 The Expendables (2010) - Aug 06, 2014
"Wit and charm are fatally lacking."
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