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Mentaculus

Celluloid Junkie - 2983 Film Ratings

Member Since: Jun 29, 2007

Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Bio: After a fairly Lynchian childhood in an American suburb, I moved to Japan at 13, saw foreign film, and it destroyed my fragile little mind. Now forever damaged, I live in LA, have degrees in Cinema and Religion, a Masters in Information Science, and watch too many films in between writing projects. Life goals: direct a film, and see a UFO.
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98 98% Simon of the Desert (1965) - Dec 07, 2008
"SOTD is truncated, incomplete, and barely known - but it is the one Bunuel film I continually return to. This has something genuine to say about the falseness of altruism, the relationship between Man and God, and the death of the Enchanted Age. Or I'm reading too much into it. God bless Bunuel."
97 97% Twin Peaks (1990) - Jun 05, 2017
"The Death of the American Dream: or, Society in retrograde. The Pilot episode is utterly magnificent - the way death is both like a thunderclap, and an inevitability, is clearly what enraptured America to Lynch and Frost's hallucinogenic Soap from hell (and kept interest when this Soapier side started to foam at the mouth). To me, though, TP is about society regressing back into a primitive - and spiritual - state that was always there, obscured by picket fences, damn fine coffee, and apple pie."
87 85% Starship Troopers (1997) - Sep 09, 2008
"Starship Troopers is an open question: childish and violent, but swimming in subtext about appropriation of war, propaganda, The Other, and so forth. Why does it cast all white actors as Spanish characters from Buenos Aires? What does it say about engendering violence in our schools, or how the war splits the characters apart (for a common goal)? Verhoeven's brilliance is so in-your-face, it flies under the radar."
90 89% Dracula (1992) - Jul 05, 2017
"In my 30 years of living, I have never before finished this - I always turn it off somewhere, disgusted. After finally forcing myself through, I firmly believe this is one of the most vile and evil films ever made, hyperbole duly noted. The film's logic - as if in a fever dream of a terminal patient, or in the last involuntary synapses of a man dying mid-coitus - shuns all Good in service of Love. The film's "deficiencies", I think, are distractions for the subversive moral. It's mad genius."
41 16% Deadly Daphne's Revenge (1987) - Oct 17, 2018
"I watched the whole film with slack-jawed awe in pure astonishment: imagine for a moment a superbly crappy ‘70’s exploitation episode of Law and Order about #MeToo, starring Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Al Franken, and Louis C.K. (respectively) getting off (...) scot free and fighting for their lives against a crazed manifestation of their base desires. It’s like a trigger warning at a gun range. The tagline is, I shit you not, “Men will be shocked! Women will understand!”"
94 94% Samurai Rebellion (1967) - Jan 24, 2009
"I'll have to disagree with most here and say that the social dilemma of the film - beauracratic traditionalism vs. the sanctity of the family unit - is just as heartbreaking and wraught as Kobayashi's other works. This is Sirk with katanas; this heightened family melodrama is underscored by the incredible B&W cinematography, and showcases one of society's most universal follies. The extended-family-encounter scene is as brilliantly staged and handled as the more action-heavy ending."
10 1% Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) - Nov 03, 2010
"Writer to Studio Exec: "OK, so the Immortals are actually Aliens." Exec: "What about the first movie?" W: "What first movie? Anyway, it's the future, and McLeod is old, but he has to fight an evil corporation from hiding the ozone layer from them." Exec: "He's old? Isn't he immortal?" W: "He is immortal!" Exec: "OK, I'll give you $35 million. Just steal more ideas from Blade Runner and Logan's Run if you need anything.""
99 98% My Darling Clementine (1946) - Apr 17, 2017
"Kurosawa once said My Darling Clementine is a template for what films can be - and it's hard to disagree with the sensei. Bridges myth and history, allegory and humanity, in a way only the great foundational fables can. Intervening years of romanticism and cynicism have not diluted its power in the slightest. "
76 64% Heaven Can Wait (1943) - Nov 29, 2010
"Lubitsch's use of ellipsis is intelligent to the point of being profound: it really is like grasping at the wind of life to catch only the most important bits. Still, I get the distinct impression that Lubitsch is looking back on his own life - and his distinct gender politics, marrying love and polygamy - and hoping Satan is just a heck of a nice fella. There is a very peculiar melancholy there, creating a different level of dark comedy. And I truly hope that worked out for him, really."
88 87% Jane Eyre (2011) - Mar 20, 2011
"The first filmed version of the novel that thoroughly understands the Gothic in its source. By turns frighteningly romantic and sublimely atmospheric - everything about the production is so solid the deep complexities in the story appear effortless. What deserves an even more honorable mention is the cinematography that lingers in the dark corners of the castle and the bags under Rochester's eyes more than the charm of Victorian gardens."