Celluloid Junkie - 4371 Rankings
Member Since: Mar 8, 2012
Location: Meath, Ireland
Bio: I'm a cinema fan, movie buff, film fanatic, take your pick. For the past year or two I've written a mini review for everything I've watched. I like most genres but must admit to finding musicals painful. I just don't get why they're singing...
I write, work as a software engineer, and was formerly a cinema projectionist.
|70 T7||Ripley Under Ground (2005) - Mar 24, 2017
"Ripley Under Ground is based on Patricia Highsmith's novel of the same name, the second of five in the Tom Ripley series of books. The mood is light and playful, with splashes of almost accidental violence, and Pepper's Tom Ripley doesn't seem as dangerous as Hopper's, Damon's or Malkovich's, but I enjoyed the fresh interpretation. Worth a watch if you're a fan of the character."
|60 T5||Suck (2009) - Mar 23, 2017
"Suck is a supernatural music comedy. The comedy mostly doesn't work but the music sequences are cool and the cameos are smile inducing. I particularly enjoyed seeing Moby covered in blood and meat and Henry Rollins sporting an impressive Huey Lewis hairstyle. "
|90 T10||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - Mar 23, 2017
"Rogue One is a massively entertaining adventure which expands the Star Wars story perfectly. Yes, I'm a fan, and I eagerly await more of the same."
|60 T5||The Killing Gene (2007) - Mar 23, 2017
"An alright thriller that tries to situate itself somewhere between Seven and Saw but doesn't really succeed, lacking the menace of the former and the philosophical slant of the latter. The twist at the end, if that's what it was, could be seen a mile off. The atmosphere serviceably grim, and Tom Hardy is good, albeit underused."
|70 T7||Complicity (2000) - Mar 21, 2017
"Complicity is based on the novel of the same name by Iain Banks and sees Jonny Lee Miller play young Scottish journalist Cameron Colley, a man driven to champion the underdog but who can't seem to decide if he's a socialist or a hedonist. Colley becomes mired in a conspiracy as people from his articles are brutally murdered. I read the novel a couple of years ago and would say this film adaptation is a fair representation."
|70 T7||I Stand Alone (1998) - Mar 21, 2017
"The follow up to Noe's short film Carne sees Philippe Nahon reprising the role of Le Boucher, and what an unsavory character he is. Noe excels at unpleasant characters in unforgiving situations. Definitely for mature audiences only."
|100 T10||Whiplash (2014) - Mar 20, 2017
"It's taken a while to get around to watching Whiplash. To be frank, I thought the premise held little of interest to me. How wrong was I? Right from the beginning the story grabs hold and doesn't let go until the credits roll. Its intensity is hard to describe. For me, Whiplash is about talent, and dedication, and how one works alongside the other to elevate a person to greatness. Through the performances of J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller, the film is also a demonstration of that concept in actio"
|90 T10||Barfly (1987) - Mar 19, 2017
"It probably helps to be a fan of Charles Bukowski's writing to fully appreciate Barfly. Mickey Rourke perfectly captures the gnarly humor of Bukowski's alter ego, Henry Chinaski, as he drinks, gets into fights, gains employment and loses it, and even occasionally writes. I really enjoyed Barfly but admit it may not be to everyone's taste. If you haven't already, go out and read some Bukowski first - Post Office, Women, or Factotum maybe. If you like his writing you'll get a kick out of this."
|90 T10||Sing Street (2016) - Mar 18, 2017
"Sing Street is an enjoyable coming-of-age story set in 80s Ireland. Through the eyes of teenager Conor and his band we experience the pop and rock music of the day, and also catch a little bit of romance. The young cast are exceptional, the songs catchy, and the mood uplifting. My second favourite John Carney film."
|60 T5||Dead Bodies (2003) - Mar 18, 2017
"Dead Bodies is an Irish crime thriller peppered with dark humour. Perhaps modeled after Shallow Grave (1994) but, certainly marketed with fans of it in mind. It's not as good, though. The humour isn't as strong, doesn't work as well when it's there, and Shallow Grave is slicker and smarter. Dead Bodies isn't without merit. The story is strong and there are some interesting twists. Not sure about that ending, though."