Celluloid Junkie - 3226 Films Ranked
Member Since: Apr 15, 2006
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Bio: A score between 91 and 100 indicates a masterpiece.
|65 T7||Touching the Void (2003) - Nov 21, 2014
"Well-told documentary about the consequences of risk-taking, the will to survive, and luck."
|30 T2||Calvary (2014) - Nov 19, 2014
"Nearly every earnest look, every serious facial expression, every wise-sounding remark and every wry aside rang false to this viewer. In general the whole thing came off as an attempt to gain approval from critics and audiences that is ultimately just as programmed as the most generic blockbuster."
|45 T4||22 Jump Street (2014) - Nov 19, 2014
"Quite a few flat spots. Earns extra points for the credit sequence."
|90 T10||Same Old Song (1997) - Nov 18, 2014
"Life and love inextricably intertwined with and ventriloquized by song and cinema, as a source of both contemporary melancholy and malaise, and an uncanny redemptive power. Argues that if Paris was saved from the Nazis, perhaps in the years since it has not been saved from the French themselves and from the industrialisation of everyday aesthetic life. Possesses the rare quality of continuously improving as it goes along. See Bernard Stiegler, Symbolic Misery, Volume 1, pp. 20–44."
|70 T8||Les travailleu(r)ses du sexe (2009) - Nov 08, 2014
"Interesting and well-done documentary about the politics and experience of prostitution, and the prevalence of sexual hypocrisy."
|70 T8||Interstellar (2014) - Nov 06, 2014
"Opening shot indicates this is an ode to the human adventure and its physical, intellectual and technical pioneers, playing on fears of this adventure's end. But it is also an engagement with 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (and in the end with SOLARIS), and is quite cinematically and thematically ambitious, though the Nolans fail to avoid some silliness and low-grade philosophising about love that seems light years from either Kubrick or Tarkovsky. The visual imagination is mostly impressive. Avoid IMAX."
|55 T6||The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) - Nov 05, 2014
"Certainly of interest for several reasons, but it seems the filmmakers were so keen on generating outrage that they were content just to produce a very conventional hagiography, preferring to manipulate audience emotions rather than analyse more deeply (perhaps this is slightly overstating it). I will never understand filmmakers who use old television clips and idiotically prefer to distort the images rather than display them with the correct aspect ratio. Swartz says some interesting things."
|25 T1||John Carter (2012) - Nov 01, 2014
"Got an hour in before the tedium forced me to quit."
|70 T8||Love and Anarchy (1973) - Oct 27, 2014
"Somewhat complex exploration of political idealism, martyrdom and sacrifice, in which the filmmaker knows better than most that, regardless of how many times history may or may not repeat itself, on each occasion it is likely to prove composed of equals parts tragedy and farce. Some great scenes and a strong conclusion."
|40 T3||55 Days at Peking (1963) - Oct 27, 2014
"I watched this some thirty years ago as part of a Year 9 subject on "China and India" that gave some attention to the Boxer Rebellion. The teacher, Mr. Ian Anderson, was atypically fond of delivering threats and challenges of physical violence to his students. On one occasion I recall a pupil agreeing to submit, very briefly, to an "Indian deathlock". Also atypical was the fact Mr. Anderson evinced a strong desire to impart genuine knowledge. Quite a memorable class, then. This film less so."
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