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Celluloid Junkie - 4672 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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83 92% Imitation of Life (1959) - Nov 09, 2007
"Sirk's last major film is highly layered and highly complex. It seems like he was full of ideas and eager to infuse what could have been a simple remake with as many themes as possible. Not all of the storylines are equally good, but in general he pulls it off magnificently. As always, this is soap - Sirk sacrifices naturalism, simplifying dialogs and situations in order to dig into the depths of human relationships, and mine out more emotional truths."
35 19% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) - Mar 30, 2016
"Because for most of the running time it's "10 Rillington Place" and then it turns into "Cloverfield", get it? So yeah... How much of what John Goodman says is true? Or is he bluffing? I just spent 90 minutes of my life not giving a fuck. And then they gave me the answer anyway."
73 79% 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."
100 99% A Woman Under the Influence (1974) - Aug 13, 2007
"I like everything Cassavetes does, but here he totally outdid himself. It's still unmistakably his personal brand of cinema verite, yet in a way it's the most traditionally cinematic Cassavetes I've seen, and that's not a bad thing. This is one of the most nuanced and emotionally intense dramas I've ever seen, and Gena Rowlands gives the performance of her life. She's simply spectacular."
50 38% In the Realm of the Senses (1976) - Jan 10, 2008
"Japanese cinema was easier and quicker to liberalize than others, because their culture never had the same conservative antibodies as cultures of Abrahamic religiosity. After Japan's Pink Film trend of the 1960s in particular, Nagisa Oshima's small step further into fetish-porn art cinema should not have caused the scandal/international sensation that it did. Especially being that as porn it's not very arousing, and as a feature film it's only sporadically interesting."
63 59% Princes et princesses (2000) - Dec 02, 2009
"An interesting rehash of Lotte Reiniger's The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926). While her film used silhouette animation to tell interconnected Arabian Nights tales, Ocelot uses the technique to tell standalone fairytales pilfered from a more eclectic assortment of sources (within a frame plot). All stories have rather crude morals. On one hand the absence of P.C. is refreshing, but on the other hand I was increasingly disenchanted with the motif of a guy romancing a mass-killing "princess"."
33 16% Grey Gardens (2009) - Jan 17, 2012
"Lange does a pretty good impression of Beale Sr. and Barrymore is almost there as Jr., but they both come off as far better adjusted than the real deal. This parasite of a film attempts to guess around the original documentary, contriving a corny melodrama to stand for the Beales' lives before and after its making. The Hollywood ending especially is thoroughly embarrassing. Watch the documentary instead, for heaven's sake. It is a vastly deeper and more intricate film."
50 38% The Desert of the Tartars (1976) - Aug 25, 2010
"It's a big-ass costume war drama for sure, with some beautiful locations shot in Iran, a seasoned director and a cast filled with giants of continental European cinema, but it disappointed me. Most of the running time is dedicated to showing us petty political power-struggles internal to the platoon with little else in terms of characters and story. What little mystery the "invisible army" presents is too transparently allegorical to add any excitement to the mostly trifling plot."
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."
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."