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Mentaculus

Celluloid Junkie - 2941 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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30 8% The Fate of the Furious (2017) - Nov 10, 2018
"Possibly the douchiest movie in the history of douchebaggery. The first F&F was The Favorite Movie of my wife’s boyfriend before we dated, and he was a douchebag. Every plot point - from Charlize as a dreads-wearing crocodile at the world’s wettest watering hole to some contrived second Cuban Missile Crisis - is so desperate to appeal to his divine level of doucheness it can’t even succeed at full douche-attainment. It’s a Catch-22 of douche. I hope he enjoys it."
94 94% Toy Story 3 (2010) - Jun 23, 2010
"Pixar is the only American animation studio that can take some of our most iconic characters, have them swim in existentialism, get tortured by a villain who refuses redemption, and send them to a literal hell and back - but do it with such undeniable tact, grace and aplomb nobody even bats an eye. Actually, it might make the ending that much more stirring. It's a good thing there are credits videos for those... um, other people, clearly... who teared up."
94 94% Secret Sunshine (2007) - Jun 13, 2012
"Exhausting. This should be used in Christian circles - not to show the damnation of the faith, because it never goes down that rabbit hole; nor as propaganda, because the Church in many ways exacerbates Sin-ae's suffering. But that's why it should be seen. What Chang-dong Lee is showing is a person's slow mutation of insufferable grief into pride, and the community's part to play in the matter. Lee's getting to the point using only a few performances and nuanced cinematography is masterful."
96 96% Winstanley (1975) - Jul 12, 2012
"After a long hiatus, this film reaffirmed my love in cinema's potency and power, brevity and universality. The film is as much a love letter to the people it depicts as it is to film structure and economy, and it shows remarkable depth and respect for both. An underrated masterpiece."
82 77% Nazarín (1959) - Aug 19, 2011
"I can see it now: When I die and go to heaven, after I pass over the threshold and catch up with all the souls from life - who will I see but Bunuel, sipping a dry martini and arguing passionately with Michael over some arbitrary theological definition of the Eucharist. I'll introduce myself, we'll talk about his art. Then he'll take me aside, out of earshot of the saints, and whisper earnestly, "How the fucking hell did I get here?""
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. "
81 75% La mujer del puerto (1934) - Dec 10, 2017
"Like two films pushed together, but still majestically done, with at times radical editing and sound design, full of Russian and German influences. It is notable for two reasons: the sheer oppressiveness of masculinity on the lead Rosario (shot with love, like Dietrich in a von Sternberg), and her ultimate, tragic violation. The ferocity of the imagery is only shocking until the final twist, which is so morally disturbing it brings an audience to silence."
99 98% The Magician (1958) - Sep 12, 2010
"A black comedy mocking, of all things, the post-Reformation debate between reason and superstition - but here told through sex, drag, a ghost who won't quite die, a Papageno wannabe and a 220-year-old witch. While the Magician's facades (and the cinematic trappings that help him along) all dissolve by the film's end, does that mean reason wins? Kinda. Not really. Sometimes all you can do is laugh."
33 9% The Nun (2018) - Sep 27, 2018
"Let’s talk Ghost Logic for a moment. I know it’s kind of a touchy subject, because it involves God’s sovereignty and Natural Law and a bunch of other theological concepts not very popular nowadays. But you picked a demon movie in a convent, so you brought it on yourselves. Ghosts can bend the laws of nature, but can’t break them. They can lead human minds to madness, but can’t just take them over willy-nilly. The moment these concepts are broken, the scare isn’t scary. It’s stupid."
98 98% Videodrome (1983) - Sep 09, 2008
"All of Cronenberg's fascinations/obsessions, predominately his anxiety about society's influence over the body, only become more significant and horrifying in hindsight. My favorite films (of which this is one of them) leave me feeling as if it is a complete entity; nothing should or could be added or excised to make a more compelling feature. You could write books over what happens in this 80-min film."