Celluloid Junkie - 4549 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.
|43 T4||The Eye (2002) - Aug 13, 2007
"It's a big improvement over its American counterpart with the similar premise, The Sixth Sense: It's not silly and it has a disturbing scene or two. Still nothing to write home about though."
|70 T8||Cries and Whispers (1972) - Sep 02, 2010
"Sophisticated and daring and successfully communicates psychological drama between a dying woman and her two sisters and maid. On the other hand, its instruments seem too blunt, such as the tricolor (black/white/red) symbolism of the sets and wardrobe, the over-reliance on raw portrayal of suffering and guilt, the eventual evolution into a ghost story. Like many of his films, it is part of Bergman's search for accurate self-therapeutic expression, and like most, it is a miss."
|35 T2||Straight to Hell (1987) - Jan 21, 2011
"An odd little modern western that's barely coherent and seems to be attempting some form of broad comedy, quite unsuccessfully one might add. The iconic faces of Courtney Love, Elvis Costello, Dennis Hopper, Jim Jarmusch, Joe Strummer, Grace Jones and others do appear, but even they don't add much spice to the generally boring display of costumed rejects randomly hollering and shooting at each other."
|48 T4||The Quiet Man (1952) - Nov 10, 2012
"My tolerance for Ford's quaint, cutesy depiction of the rural Old Country waned after How Green Was My Valley. This one's consciously comedic, but still prejudiced by Ford's 2nd-generation Americanism. Worse yet, John Wayne plays his Western self. The same combination of traits; that coy machismo and otherwise blandness, which the love interest seems to find immediately irresistible. He's a middling actor, and Ford has a knack for visual composition, but uses middling scripts."
|10 T1||A Serbian Film (2010) - Feb 11, 2011
"The irony of A Serbian Film is that it is about a filmmaker who makes depraved exploitation cinema and tries to pass it off as art, but director Srdjan Spasojevic is doing just that. For viewers versed in extreme cinema, it is actually not at all shocking. What sets it apart is in fact the stark contrast between its pretense to be serious commentary and the degree of melodrama and cliche it relies on, including a Bond-style villain who likes making evil speeches and an all-gorgeous female cast."
|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."
|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."
|43 T4||Pierrot le fou (1965) - Jan 28, 2013
"For a semi-unscripted musical road movie involving sex, poetry, animals and general whimsical haberdashery, I found Pierrot le Fou incredibly rigid and dull. Youth escaping bourgeois surroundings on wild vacations had become a staple of worldwide New Wave cinema by the mid 60s, and I acknowledge Godard's part in igniting that movement, but Pierrot is among the least exciting of its kind. The pseudu-intellectualism kills it. Every line of dialogue has to sound so smart, and none of them are."
|20 T1||Pocahontas (1995) - Aug 24, 2009
"Everything that's wrong with Disney is on display here. Whatever charm it had in days of yore is nowhere to be found, only the clichés, the childish songs and the daft pandering to the lowest common denominator."
|5 T1||My Name Is Lisa (2007) - Nov 15, 2008
"My name is Lisa and I'm the protagonist of a really lousy short."