Celluloid Junkie - 4081 Film Ratings
Member Since: May 17, 2008
Location: Rochester, MN, USA
Bio: i love movies, in fact i am on a quest to see all of the movies ever made, i do realize that's not possible, but at least i set the bar high. i was drawn even more to this site after i got my first star. i now write mini-reviews for every movie i watch, and am going through my back catalog to write them for every movie i've rated, i've got a long way to go. might i interest you in donating to the give me a star foundation?
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|42 4%||How It Ends (2018) - Sep 26, 2018
"Further cementing Netflix's association with cut-rate sci-fi is a lame-pocolypse outing with Forest Whitaker and a bunch of nobodies. I've about had it up to here with lazy sci-fi that leaves things up to interpretation. I don't want allegory or ambiguity in my sci-fi. I want clever storytelling and immense amounts of imagination. Is that so much to ask for? If McLaren can't deliver that, he can always take his writing to a publisher of YA fiction, they gobble this crap up like Skittles."
|90 97%||The Conversation (1974) - Jul 20, 2018
"Hot off the heels of what is generally considered to be one of the best movies of all time, Coppola delivers, in my opinion, a far better movie. "The Conversation" is gripping, it's thrilling, it's mysterious, and Hackman sells the role as one hell of a character in Caul. There's a degree of subtlety in his paranoia and overcautious privacy that ultimately destroys him, ending in one of the most harrowing, poignant scenes ever committed to film."
|79 68%||Noah (2014) - Nov 16, 2017
"Basically Aronofsky came up with the biblical story of Noah, as told by a ten year old with an overactive imagination, who was told the story by a ten year old with an overactive imagination, who was read the story by a priest who, incidentally, was having a stroke while reading a badly water damaged copy of the bible. And you know what? That's a pretty entertaining game of telephone right there. It's got Noah, it's got water, and...um rock monsters. You're gonna love it."
|76 54%||Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) - Dec 04, 2017
"Episodes 4-6 gained a rabid following of sci-fi misfits. Episodes 1-3 quaked the fan community's faith. Now, we see a return to form, an apology to the fans in the form of an infinitely better movie. For the uninitiated, or the fence sitters, like myself, "The Force Awakens" is an entertaining and complacent revelry in the universe that Lucas created forty years ago. The world building has ended, and fans may be sated, but I'm a little disappointed, but that's not to say it's not a good movie."
|70 32%||Sucker Punch (2011) - Jul 04, 2011
"Snyder was trying pretty hard to take his glossy stylized action and drape it over an intriguing and sophisticated story, it ended up like a very determined man attempting to mince an onion with a candelabra. It still has great eye candy, especially of the female variety, but don't expect a movie that will astonish you, or even vaguely satisfy any deeper cerebral function."
|76 54%||Warcraft (2016) - Oct 06, 2017
"As a work of art, a critic's film, this is complete crap. But it's an action movie, it's made for people who don't give a shit about tracking shots, metaphors, and film theory. I really anticipated a dud here, I have no idea how closely it followed the games, but there's way way too much lore to fit into two hours and you can tell, because the movie glosses over details that I'm sure a WoW player would appreciate, but the movie is not bad, not at all, except for Ben Foster, he really sucks here."
|50 8%||Assassin's Creed (2016) - Nov 06, 2017
"This is what happens when you scrape the bottom of the barrel and throw your movie plot chips on a video game's story. Uwe Boll found out the hard way that in 15 minutes of plot a video game has, holes are ok, but give it 90 minutes to marinade and you've got a crap sandwich. Since there's a genetic code for violence and it's been hidden in this "apple" for over 500 years, what exactly would the Templar have done with it prior to Watson and Crick? Eat it? Or smear it on like a salve?"
|87 93%||Star Trek (2009) - May 17, 2009
"The "Star Trek" movie that alienates trekkies for the sake of mass appeal, and it definitely is appealing. This movie has a ton of action, and a generally exciting, and, at many times, a funny plot. While the average person may find this movie very entertaining, the "Star Trek" fan will find the deviation from reality in past movies unsettling. Regardless of the artistic license taken in this movie, I definitely look forward to see where they take the franchise next."
|89 96%||The Conjuring (2013) - Dec 27, 2016
"This is the scary ass, haunted, cursed voodoo movie that you thought you were going to see when you heard news stories and advertisements for "The Blair Witch Project" and "Paranormal Activity", only this one is a bona fide, knock your socks off, scare fest. I was so friggin' scared that I was swearing out loud in the movie theater, something I've never done before."
|70 32%||The Lost City of Z (2017) - Dec 07, 2017
"Advertised as an epic adventure movie, but it's really a slow moving biography, cutting up jungle time with trips back to England and even a bout in WWI. Miller is below average, except in the looks department, Hunnam is lukewarm, but Pattinson really shines here. For some insane reason Gray tries to leave the ending up to your imagination, but it's pretty easy to guess what happened to Fawcett: he died, that's what happens when you go places where spiders eat birds, dude."