Celluloid Junkie - 3290 Films Ranked
Member Since: Apr 15, 2006
Location: Ibarra, Ecuador
Bio: A score between 91 and 100 indicates a masterpiece.
My circumstances during 2015 will not be conducive to seeing very many movies.
|60 T6||Danse serpentine (1897) - Jul 27, 2015
"Really a hypnotic use of movement, costume and colour to convey rhythms that seem almost cosmic."
|50 T5||Annabelle Serpentine Dance (1895) - Jul 27, 2015
"Human movement becomes a kind of abstraction created for the technology that will record it."
|50 T5||Annabelle Butterfly Dance (1894) - Jul 27, 2015
"The artificial rhythms of the human being in motion."
|60 T6||Départ de Jérusalem en chemin de fer (1897) - Jul 27, 2015
"Rather than a record of motion by a static camera, here the camera, and therefore us, and therefore everything, is in motion, a cosmos in becoming, but viewed looking backwards. If this film may in this sense be the birth of Benjamin's angel of history, it is also reminiscent in advance of the remarkable opening tracking shot in Demy's BAY OF ANGELS, conveying without the benefit of Legrand's tragic score the feeling of entering into, and yet receding from, a world destined for annihilation."
|55 T6||Démolition d'un mur (1896) - Jul 27, 2015
"If L' ARRIVÉE D'UN TRAIN À LA CIOTAT represents the birth of cinema in taking a detour through which we SEE the arrival of the steam engine that amounts to the birth of the Anthropocene (or Entropocene), here we see how, prior to the distinction between documentary and fiction, the early cinema of technological astonishment opens onto another scene, in which the arrow of time is magically reversed, where for the first time we see depicted the fantasy of, and hence the desire for, negentropy."
|15 T1||God's Not Dead (2014) - Jul 26, 2015
"Although viewed in less than ideal conditions, I feel confident that this score is not an underrating. Of all films that refer to the works of Michel Foucault this is surely the worst."
|55 T6||Ex Machina (2015) - Jun 14, 2015
"Some effort is expended at making the dialogue seem "conceptual", not totally without success, despite the familiarity of the theme, but it's all a bit too prosaic (which is why the dancing scene stands out), and it loses steam somewhat as it becomes increasingly clear that the conclusion will resemble a kind of slightly quasi-feminist ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST. While others will no doubt disagree, for me HER renders this movie (and several others) superfluous."
|50 T5||Johnny Express (2014) - Jun 13, 2015
|55 T6||Room 8 (2013) - Jun 13, 2015
"Simple but not ineffective."
|50 T5||L' Arrivée d'un train à La Ciotat (1895) - Jun 13, 2015
"Apparently untrue that it was shown at the Lumière brothers' first public screening on 28 December 1895 (not being shown until 1896), and apparently unclear what was the true audience reaction. Be that as it may, it seems clear that the audience did react with astonishment, and that what this serves to show is that to watch a film is to engage in a practice that must be learned. The point being: this may well be a practice that, 120 years later, is well on the way to being unlearned."