Celluloid Junkie - 4693 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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|48 35%||Possession (1981) - Apr 06, 2007
"The acting is fine... it's in the script itself where everything's really overblown. The first half hour is very impressive, but later on, when the horror elements kick in, they don't add to nor complement the drama but rather crush it under a layer of overly harsh symbolism. As the film progresses it squanders more and more of its initial gravitas and by the ending just seems silly. Reminded me a bit of David Cronenberg's lesser works."
|85 94%||Major Dundee (1965) - Feb 29, 2008
"Major Dundee can be understood on an extraordinary number of levels. It's the Westerns' nod to Moby Dick, it may be an insightful ahead-of-its-time comment on Vietnam, and ironically, it mirrors Peckinpah's own losing battle with the studios regarding the film's final cut. This is a work of genius which strips away any semblance of the glorification and sentimentality always found in Western and War movies, and introduces instead a harsh, bitter realism where men die for nothing at all."
|38 23%||Destino (2003) - Feb 04, 2011
"A Catalan-looking lady with the unmistakable mannerisms of a Disney Princess - a twirly fragile body and frequently worried eyebrows - scurries about in a Daliesque world. A Spanish song arranged in the choral style typical to Disney plays in the background. Dali's dark eroticism is effectively castrated by the presence of the Disney elements. One gets the sneaking suspicion that this is far removed from what the masters had intended."
|65 64%||Salò, or The 120 Days Of Sodom (1975) - Oct 05, 2007
"Salò stands out as the grossest, most depraved European 'art' movie ever. The literary aspect of it is less accomplished; there is nothing easier - and more exploitative - than using sexual torture of children as a critical allegory for the total evils of the fascist aristocracy portrayed. Despite the failure of its main polemical aspiration, its form alludes to Dante, it's an interesting commentary on sex and power, and it's an effectively shocking movie taken at face value."
|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"."
|43 30%||9 (2005) - Jul 18, 2010
"Acker creates an original fantasy world setting. One aspect of his technique is also very original: Normally the brows are used in animation to make the characters' eyes expressive, but here the pupils of the characters' eyes (which are actually shutters in lenses) dilate and contract instead. The weak point as usual with animation is that the substance is enslaved to the form. The story shows off the animation but has no other value. I'll probably skip the feature version of this."
|58 47%||Days of 36 (1972) - Jan 08, 2008
"Like a long series of pretty establishing shots with a little bit of movie thrown in. There's very little speech. Most of the time it's like Angelopoulos is more interested in visual compositions than plot, making Days of '36 look like a political thriller commissioned by the nature channel. However, once you get over this very odd style of filmmaking, it is an interesting (if rather slight) movie and worth a watch."
|35 19%||Raid on Entebbe (1976) - Dec 26, 2009
"It's a bad movie, glaringly unrealistic and unresearched. It was made to capitalize on what was, at the time, American delight in and fascination with the very risky but luckily successful Israeli operation to rescue hostages from the clutches of Palestinian terrorists aided by Idi Amin. It interested me as an Israeli for historical reasons, but apart from a very nice impression of Amin by Yaphet Kotto, I doubt that modern international viewers would find much value in this."
|63 59%||1900 (1976) - Jul 10, 2008
"Bertolucci's magnum opus 1900 revolves around his two obsessions, politics and sex, and has precious little in between. It's a boastful production incorporating grandiose, picturesque cinematography and an all-star cast, and compels throughout the 5:15 hours of the uncut version, but it's shallow."
|40 27%||Citizen X (1995) - Sep 04, 2009
"The great Donald Sutherland and Max von Sydow, as well as the potentially compelling true case of Andrei Chikatilo (one of the most prolific serial killers on criminological record), are wasted on a very average made-for-TV production. A tame, thrill-less thriller with mediocre text. Although said to be critical of the USSR's conduct in the case, Citizen X lavishes its protagonists with adulation and omits such crucial facts as the execution of an innocent suspect who confessed under torture."