Celluloid Junkie - 4748 Film Ratings
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.
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|5 2%||Freddy Vs. Jason (2003) - Sep 30, 2009
"Two atrociously trashy, overcommercialized and endlessly repetitive horror franchises converge into one super duper crapfest. Slavishly obedient to the series' preprogrammed storyline conventions, the film successively kills off a flock of obnoxious teen-like things led by a theatrically incompetent but enormous-breasted blonde. Their two dusty but still cartoonish executioners are then pitted against each other, setting the unfortunate precedent for the year after's Alien vs. Predator."
|58 47%||Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) - Oct 16, 2007
"Scorsese's decent attempt at a chick flick succeeds in putting some warts on a family/romantic road movie, but never really takes off beyond that. It gets everything right on a superficial level but doesn't do enough to penetrate the heart. Watch for child actress Jodie Foster in a very tomboyish role."
|68 69%||Sun Scarred (2006) - Dec 13, 2010
"In this daring twist on the Death Wish premise, the bad guys are young. Very very young. The viewer is forced to contend with the suggestion that the teenagers shown, some pretty much children, are irreparably corrupted by childish cruelty, hopelessly fascinated with killing. Regardless of how honest this is in portraying Japan, Miike makes this brutally violent vigilante flick involving children work. You won't feel comfortable with it but you will really want their little heads on sticks."
|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."
|75 83%||Decision at Sundown (1957) - Jun 28, 2009
"There's hardly anyone to root for in this mature and intriguing western, Budd Boetticher's finest. Most of the main characters are morally ambiguous at best but at least a little bit sympathetic. The text and delivery are no better than average for a western but I thought the plot and characters were generally excellent (better than the Boetticher westerns penned by Burt Kennedy). The only character whose development arc rang false was that of Lucy Summerton."
|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."
|98 99%||Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945) - Feb 09, 2007
"Bresson has an uncanny understanding of the female psyche. Seldom in cinema are female characters so real, complex and multi-faceted. There is something distinctly feminine about the psychological drama and intrigue that make up Ladies of the Park. The male character is almost just a platform for the truly fascinating women to play off of. While not quite as perfect as the preceding Angels of the Streets, I still consider this a near-perfect film, Bresson's second best."
|60 53%||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."
|100 99%||A Difficult Life (1961) - Apr 04, 2010
"An intensive, fast-paced stream of heart-rending human drama and poignant humor extracted through keen insight from realistic situations set in post-war Italy. As well, a comical but not flippant treatise on the dilemma of personal and familial life vs. social commitment and principles. Alberto Sordi's perfect performance spearheads an amazing cast. Fantastic and underrated cinema, at the seam between neo-realism and commedia all'italiana, on par with Fellini's and Visconti's best works."
|63 59%||[Rec] 2 (2009) - May 10, 2011
"Not half bad for a horror movie sequel, [Rec] 2 picks up exactly where the first one left off, with fairly good textual and directorial continuity. In fact, it relies on inertia and momentum from the first, which has gravity because the first was genuinely scary. However, like most horror sequels, it fails to reproduce the shroud of mystery that gives the scares their novelty. In fact, it features too much explanation, reducing the fearsome unknown into a tired Christians vs. devil affair."