Celluloid Junkie - 4511 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.
|40 T3||Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) - Jan 01, 2009
"Most of this is incessant and inane chatter, which made it difficult to stay focused. Adorable cat makes repeated appearances, but racist characterization of an Asian person cranks that karma down again."
|40 T3||The Wayward Sun (2013) - Jan 14, 2017
"Largely unfazed by the fact that one of them has just killed their best friend, Wren and the suddenly sober Chaz leave their overturned jeep on the road and wander off into the desert, walking at a snail's pace and never checking google maps despite their phones' phenomenal battery life and reception. Wren hallucinates an exotic dancer and reaper-like phantom, which are creepy the first couple of times out of their zillion reappearances. Later, a stoner cactus preaches existentialism."
|65 T7||Thérèse Raquin (1953) - Sep 28, 2010
"Although Zola wrote Thérèse Raquin some seven decades prior, Carné's adaptation comes off as a variation on the better-known The Postman Rings Twice. While this is a fairly potent film by its last act, as far as variations on that theme go it is inferior to Visconti's Ossessione. Vallone resembles Burt Lancaster in both appearance and woodenness, and it is as if Signoret is here rehearsing for her role in Clouzot's Les Diaboliques."
|73 T8||Savage Streets (1984) - Oct 14, 2009
"How many points am I obligated to reduce for how sexploitative this is? A girl shower scene is one of several excuses to show full female nudity, and naked tits abound, including Linda Blair's. A graphic and brutal rape scene is perhaps particularly shocking coming from a film like this. But what if it's a great movie nonetheless? It's trash but so well devised you can't take your eyes off it, and it culminates in some exquisitely suspenseful sequences. Don't mess with L.B..."
|20 T1||Eduart (2006) - Sep 02, 2010
"I was hoping to be able to boast having seen a good Albanian movie, but Eduart is cheesy and moralistic, with a weak lead performance."
|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."
|35 T2||Let the Right One In (2008) - Oct 30, 2009
"As far as vampire movies go, it's better than stuff like Salem's Lot, but that's not saying much. The film (and evidently the novel) is based on the wrong assumption that infecting an otherwise banal children's love story with vampirism, or an unscary vampire flick with juvenile romance, is enough to make it interesting. It isn't. The film is boring, and while another reviewer found an "impressively choreographed slaughter of three kids" cheer-worthy, I found it tastelessly manipulative."
|60 T6||My Darling Clementine (1946) - Apr 25, 2010
"I liked it quite a bit up until the romantic element of the plot set in and crapified it. The female characters are usually poorly written in westerns, but here they stick out so much that the misogyny is unmistakable. Clem and Chihuahua are both pathetic caricatures of womanhood: whiny, needy and quite unreasonable. Chihuahua - also conniving and manipulative, to say nothing of her convincingly awful actress Linda Darnell. It is a beautifully shot movie, but the script is underwhelming."
|85 T10||Nothing But a Man (1964) - Oct 01, 2010
"It should first be said that this is one of the best written, directed and played family dramas of its time. Its historical and political importance is an added bonus: Many American films before it had dealt with race relations, but to my knowledge this was the first film to feature an almost all black cast, with white faces few and far between. It is also the most realistic and convincing depiction of institutionalized racism and racial discrimination in the U.S. that I've seen on film."
|35 T2||Kafka (1991) - Dec 10, 2010
"Steven Soderbergh sullies the name of Franz Kafka by directing this generic, mostly trite and sometimes laboriously quirky fictional script with the character of the great author as its protagonist. Jeremy Irons is tasked with portraying poor Kafka, Theresa Russell is degraded with the role of the fatalish "girl", and Ian Holm's talent is wasted playing a Bond villain. Watch Welles' The Trial or Gilliam's Brazil instead."