Celluloid Junkie - 4609 Film 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.
|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."
|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."
|43 T4||Ladyhawke (1985) - Apr 24, 2014
"(From vague memory) - objectively bad, but memorable thanks to that unplaceable 1980s charm. Something about the audacity of its fantasy shlock, the iconic cast, and the nice, if ridiculously mismatching, Alan Parsons synth-rock soundtrack..."
|100 T10||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."
|10 T1||Paradise Now (2005) - Feb 26, 2007
"Ignoring the real forces at play behind Palestinian terrorism - indoctrination since childhood, radical Islamism, antisemitism, this subtle propaganda film spins the touching yarn of two handsome youths who by no fault of their own decide to snuff a busful of innocent lives. It even spares us the horrific key scene - the mass-murder, presumably because the dead Jews are not the issue. Its climax consists of Said moping about how his dad's being a collaborator was a blow to the family's dignity."
|98 T10||12 Angry Men (1957) - Mar 16, 2007
"Thoroughly fascinating by any standard, amazingly so for a movie mostly taking place in just one room. Reginald Rose's writing is superb: He characterizes with utmost care and never looks down on anyone, the conversation is masterfully conceived and strewn with delicate humor. Great acting across the board. To me as a foreigner, this movie is also a good example of how screwed-up two aspects of the American judicial system are: The jury system and the death penalty."
|0 T1||Zeitgeist: The Movie (2007) - May 18, 2009
"This work is a superb example of coercive persuasion for many reasons, not the least of which being that like all good propaganda, it pretends to be a groundbreaking exposition of propaganda. That the conspiracy theories herein are actually convincing to a certain audience is a testament to the efficiency of its tactics; it begins on relatively steady ground and uses the momentum, and the same authoritative tone, to progress to disinformation and the incitement of moral panic."
|55 T5||Telstar (2008) - Dec 12, 2009
"I had long awaited this, a movie about my hero Joe Meek, but it's somewhat disappointing. You see, Meek, despite his eccentricity and tone-deafness, was a genius. The young musicians working with him were very talented. Telstar is so caught up in the trappings of the conventional unflattering biopic, it makes Meek out to be nothing but an arrogant asshole surrounded by buffoons with most of their daily routine spent throwing stuff at each other. What's more, Con O'Neill is a total miscast."
|95 T10||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."
|65 T7||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."