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Celluloid Junkie - 4818 Film Ratings

Member Since: Apr 3, 2006

Location: NYC, NY, USA

Age: 40

Gender: Male

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.
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58 48% Human Lanterns (1982) - May 29, 2017
"Wuxia with a dab of Texas Chainsaw Massacre? That just can't work, well, not as such. For all their production value, Shaw Brothers just aren't where you go for cutting-edge gore effects. Nor does the wire-fu really cut it if you're in it for the fights. Lastly, it all amounts to exploitation-level tastelessness. And yet I still found this awkward pastiche mysteriously mesmerizing. Maybe the superficial beauty of Shaw sets and costumes threw me off, but somehow, Human Lanterns hits the spot."
2% Project Moon Base (1953) - Dec 13, 2009
"At the very least, you have to give this movie credit for its early example of feminism: Yes, they actually entrust a female colonel to "man" the ship! Of course, the general first has to threaten "bright eyes" (this is what they call her) that he would bend her over his knee and spank her if she doesn't. When she tells him she would scream if he tries it, he informs her that the room is soundproof."
65 64% The Thief of Bagdad (1940) - Mar 07, 2010
"Gives a more 1001 Nights spin to the 1924 silent version. A classic epic fantasy film with spectacular sets, costumes and art design rendered in lush technicolor. As ever with grand productions, the script is shallow, contrived and unsophisticated, but it does have an innocent charm. Justin and Duprez are dashing and radiant as Prince Ahmed and the Princess of Basra, but their acting is completely overshadowed by that of the masterful Veidt as Jaffar. Malleson as Sultan and Sabu are also good."
78 87% 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."
40 27% Unknown (2011) - Sep 22, 2011
"I suppose Harrison Ford, ten years Liam Neeson's elder, was over the hill for this role, otherwise it should have been his by right. It's basically a cross between Frantic, Regarding Henry and The Fugitive. Unknown is quite a well-made, tense thriller, if you ignore the fact that it is in the mold of nearly every other American film in its genre and makes little attempt at believability."
25 11% The Belko Experiment (2017) - Jun 26, 2017
"I've seen way too many of these Zimbardo-infused Battle Royale knockoffs, and they're all detestable. With Greg McLean directing, at least Belko is grittier than most; but that doesn't quite rescue it from its humdrum predictability and pretentious while asinine allegorical subtext. For God's sake, won't horror directors please just stop remaking this same movie over and over again?"
20 9% The Philadelphia Story (1940) - Aug 08, 2009
"As I watch this I envision a "laugh" prompt lighting up on every other line of the dialogue. With its incessant chatter it tries desperately to be funny and fails miserably, repeatedly. In its desperation it sinks as low as to steal a song from a yesteryear Marx Brothers movie. I can't help but surmise that the continued popularity of a comedy so dull is owed to the popularity of the leads."
70 74% China Girl (1987) - Sep 22, 2010
"A simplified but not overly simplistic picture of violent conflict between Italian and Chinese youth along an international border in the form of lower Manhattan's Canal st. Another interesting divide represented is that between seedy but pacifistic adult bosses in both Chinatown and Little Italy, and their own unruly youth whose warmongering they can't control. An interracial love story is the backbone of the script. China Girl is the first of several Ferraras exhibiting resemlance to De Palma."
95 98% Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972) - Jul 24, 2007
"Aguirre personifies three things: He is the admirably inexhaustible, gloriously unrelenting spirit of man; he's the very essence of gluttony, greed, stupidity and vileness; and he is indeed, exactly as his insanity drives him to proclaim, "the wrath of god" in the sense that he is a punishment to everyone and everything around him. Herzog achieves a singular portrait of humanity, both ridiculous and grim, by eliminating the boundaries between the three."
2% Requiem for a Dream (2000) - Dec 27, 2006
"This entirely moronic film attempts to terrify you into its banal, truistic anti-drug agenda. Needless to say, there is not a whiff of real life to be found here, and the only thing that terrifies is the positive critical response to this trash."