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Celluloid Junkie - 2676 Rankings

Member Since: Jun 13, 2008

Location: portland, oregon, USA

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Recent Rankings
65 T7 Real Life (1979) - Jul 28, 2016
63 T7 Lost in America (1985) - Jul 28, 2016
""Porno movies? We want to touch Indians.""
51 T6 Colloque de chiens (1977) - Jul 26, 2016
"A neat little short for what it is, but it hardly feels representative of Ruiz's mature style. I'm not really familiar with his early (pre-exile) Chilean work at all, but if anything the style of this reminded me of La Jetee more than anything else. The deadpan absurdity and repetition of the story certainly feels Ruiz-ian, but it's presented in a far more straight-forward manner than in his later, denser work. The potential is there, but this doesn't have the full-flowering of his weirdness."
89 T9 Treasure Island (1985) - Jul 26, 2016
"This had an infamously fraught and troubled production history, and it does sort of show (as Ruiz himself would readily admit), yet in my eyes it still ranks as one of his major achievements. Stevenson's mythos was prevalent throughout Ruiz's entire body of work, and this effort sort of perfectly ties together his usual mid-'80s style while hinting at the bigger budget films he would go on to make in the '90s and '00s. It somehow manages to be both one of his strangest and most accessible films."
29 T3 The Bellboy (1960) - Jul 26, 2016
"I should probably just give in and admit that I really just don't share Lewis' sense of humor at all. There's something I admire about how free-form and borderline experimental this is (so much that the producers felt like it needed a faux-disclaimer), without ever finding it actually remotely funny at all. At best, it's like Americanized Tati, who i'm not that crazy about to begin with. The real life Fountainbleau hotel is no match for The Ladies Man's gigantic set either."
81 T9 Je sens le beat qui monte en moi (2012) - Jul 25, 2016
"Yet another wonderful film where Serge Bozon dances to '60s northern soul. Although he didn't direct this one, it feels very in keeping with his own work and even features one of the same locations as Mods. The premise is very cute and silly, and Guerrero gives an impressive performance as a woman who compulsively dances whenever she hears music. It's very slight but very charming, and Quelllec's mis-en-scene is impeccable. "
83 T9 Le père Noël a les yeux bleus (1969) - Jul 22, 2016
"Despite it's relative obscurity, this feels like maybe one of the most quintessentially Nouvelle Vague films ever. It may be "minor" Eustache, but then again don't most films seem minor compared to something like The Mother and the Whore? His style here feels perhaps even closer to early Rohmer, albeit with an even more ruthlessly unsentimental outlook. Like Rohmer, Eustache is probably one of the greatest directors at portraying the inner workings of the heterosexual male psyche."
44 T5 Wild Canaries (2015) - Jul 20, 2016
"Cold Weather did it a lot better..."
42 T5 The Overnight (2015) - Jul 17, 2016
"It's true, making new friends in your 30s is hard..."
53 T6 Funeral Parade of Roses (1969) - Jul 14, 2016
"Well, this sure ain't Ozu's Japan, that's for damn sure."