Celluloid Junkie - 4445 Rankings
Member Since: Apr 3, 2006
Location: NYC, NY, USA
Bio: I'm a writer. I lean towards arthouse cinema, realism and old Italian stuff, and some guilty pleasures include horror, kung fu, and anything strange and unusual. Favorite filmmakers include (in no particular order): Jacques Rozier, Mario Monicelli, Maurice Pialat, Emir Kusturica, R.W. Fassbinder, Asghar Farhadi, C.T. Dreyer, Antonio Pietrangeli, Dino Risi, Werner Herzog, Lina Wertmüller, Luchino Visconti, Claude Chabrol, Nicolas Roeg, Sidney Lumet, Satyajit Ray, Sam Peckinpah, Sergei Parajanov, John Cassavetes, Michelangelo Antonioni, Lynne Ramsay, Abbas Kiarostami, Woody Allen, Federico Fellini, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Alan Clarke, Terry Gilliam, Costa-Gavras, Aki Kaurismäki, Jafar Panahi, Douglas Sirk, Ernst Lubitsch, Kaneto Shindo, Jean Renoir, Ermanno Olmi, Cristian Mungiu and Francesco Rosi.
|78 T9||Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) - Nov 05, 2012
"Requiem for a Heavyweight is a rough gem, it's not the edgiest or most sophisticated film out there, but it's still a wonderful little tragedy. The characters are painted in few and gentle strokes, but every relationship is wholly convincing and the dialogues are affecting and moving. Photography and editing are flowing are tasteful. The whole cast is satisfying, but Anthony Quinn, while perhaps insufficiently musclebound, is absolutely phenomenal. Undoubtedly one of his greatest performances."
|63 T6||A Bucket of Blood (1959) - Sep 11, 2010
"As a viewing experience it's lean and flowing and entertaining to watch, if a bit slight and generally ridiculous. But underlying the somewhat exploitative horror comedy is a potent allegory about social reception of and expectations from art. It's significant that the director of this little movie that's more ambitious that it looks, went on to become the producer patriarch of New Hollywood."
|5 T1||Funny People (2009) - Mar 10, 2010
"I want my money back. I was misled by the title to believe I'd find funny people in this film. Instead it has the zero Rogan, and Sandler, who is under the impression that unfunny things said in an annoying voice count as impersonation humor. The funniest thing about his character is his terminal illness. I only wish his death was quicker: the illness drags on for two and a half hours. Fast death upon the abominable Apatow as well, whose script guffaws childishly at mere utterance of profanity."
|60 T6||Heavenly Creatures (1994) - Oct 08, 2012
"A well done movie all around. Jackson is in control of form and shows some panache, and his and Walsh's script is decent. Most importantly, they based it on an intriguing true story. To its detriment, it's a bit superficial. Some of the characters are caricaturized, and the supporting cast plays them almost comically. As a result, the film is none too complex or realistic. It's content with making just the obvious points about the fascinating events portrayed. "
|68 T7||Night of the Living Dead (1968) - Jan 22, 2011
"The original zombie epidemic flick works because characters behave and interact on assumptions or impulses that make relative sense; we see confusion, hesitation and panic; and flesh-eating zombies, while obviously a supernatural aberation, are rendered in a way that maximizes consistency and believability. It is an unkempt film in every way, but has a rugged and unpretentious feel unlike the soulless formalism that pervades its hundreds of immitations (including Romero's own sequels)."
|5 T1||My Name Is Lisa (2007) - Nov 15, 2008
"My name is Lisa and I'm the protagonist of a really lousy short."
|73 T8||Hard Times (1975) - Jan 31, 2011
"The archetypes in Hard Times (a mysterious, laconic stranger with amazing skill and his amiably cocky companion face a series of challengers) and the casting of Bronson, Coburn and Martin seem to be copied from the western genre. Its simplicity detaches it from older fighting movies, and while it may have inspired a later wave of "feel good" streetfighters like Van Damme, it isn't stupid and never hits a sour note. That said, Hard Times is mainly about watching the actors' fist-like faces."
|73 T8||Sedotta e abbandonata (1964) - Jul 06, 2013
"The Age&Scrapelli dialogues and much of the theatrics steer this nonchalantly toward comedy, but in essence it doesn't seem like Vincenzoni wrote a light-hearted social satire. Agnese (Sandrelli) is essentially raped by Peppino and therefore branded a whore by her community as her absolute monster of a father endeavors to wed her to her now reluctant rapist. She is battered by both. Sicilian culture is portrayed as extremely patriarchal and misogynistic. Funny? At times, but mostly shocking."
|68 T7||The Babadook (2014) - Dec 29, 2014
"A movie teeming with uniformly spectacular illusions, save for its rather poor illusion of depth. It suffers from the unfortunate ailment common to many modern horror movies, of wanting to be an allegory about guilt (another recent chiller displaying this hubris was "As Above, So Below"). In fact, it is best enjoyed at face value - as a perfect visualization of a scary book coming to life and haunting a mother and child. The ideas and their performance and artistic rendering are ace."
|63 T6||The Demon (1963) - Dec 13, 2015
"It's not a scary horror movie nor a very juicy drama, but there is something remarkable about The Demon besides the gorgeous Israeli leading lady and its unmistakable influence on The Exorcist: On the surface, it appears to espouse open-and-shut primitive morals where her "witchcraft" sexuality makes woman a demonic temptress preying on God-fearing family-men and deserving of exorcism. That interpretation is subverted by the film's total focus on Purif. She is the only sympathetic character."