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Celluloid Junkie - 3185 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
45 T4 All Cheerleaders Die (2014) - Aug 28, 2014
"The narrative seems to change course every few minutes, and the tone shifts even more rapidly. Some audiences will embrace this boisterous changeability as surprising and fun, but others will surely see it as a barrier to genuine engagement with the film. Several scenes worked well. I tend to give McKee the benefit of the doubt, but I still hope he takes on meatier projects in the near future."
35 T2 Transcendence (2014) - Aug 26, 2014
"A magical computer frightens people with its awesome powers but ultimately suffers from a weakness identical to that of the aliens in WAR OF THE WORLDS (and INDEPENDENCE DAY). Dialogue and characters seemed to have been created by a VIC-20, and the narrative seemed to have been produced by some piece of early 20th century mechanical office equipment. Despite some pretty shots there wasn't much visual imagination on display. HER, released six months earlier, makes this effort largely superfluous."
30 T2 Fracture (2007) - Aug 24, 2014
"Silly, uninspired and derivative courtroom-type thriller about a young lawyer with an old BMW and an old defendant with a new Porsche. The audience knows from the beginning that the film is junky, but as it goes along it becomes progressively less interesting. Gosling seems a bit like a young Nicolas Cage here, but without the flamboyance."
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."
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