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Celluloid Junkie - 4965 Film Ratings

Member Since: Apr 3, 2006

Location: NYC, NY, USA

Age: 42

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, Radu Jude, 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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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."
20 9% Noroi (2005) - Dec 14, 2011
"Another very poor entry in the barrage of neo-Japanese-horror films to follow Ringu, Noroi does a bunch of things wrong. Like most of its kin, it's set to the restricting form of a mystery, which means it's a series of ever more needless, boring explanations. It relies heavily on acting hysterics, and uses too obvious scare tactics like strange baby noises and dead birds. Often, it lamely imitates Blair Witch Project, and in general it's bereft of anything like an actual surprise."
35 19% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) - Mar 31, 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."
2% Hard Candy (2006) - Mar 07, 2007
"Just loathesome. The writing is terrible, the cookie-cutter directing incorporates all the tested cliches to look "stylish", unwarranted as they may be, and the movie is morally misguided to put it gently. The performances didn't blow me away either."
58 48% 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."
58 48% The Blue Angel (1930) - Dec 03, 2010
"Cuckold as sad clown was a cliche by 1930, with the likes of Sjöström and Browning having done such films in the 1920s. Another problem here is that we never get a full sense of why the attraction between Jannings and Dietrich's characters, since they're both so overtly charmless. It's not without its merits - it's daring, and the photography is excellent - but it doesn't deserve its relative fame among Sternberg movies as some of his subsequent ones were better."
15 7% Redd Inc. (2012) - May 21, 2013
"Pedestrian torture-porn horror of the kind where the killer abducts people and sets them up in a twisted game of survival to sate his misguided thirst for justice. If you love stuff like "Cube", "Exam" and the "Saw" franchise, you may dig this - otherwise it's pretty silly."
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."
73 79% Sedotta e abbandonata (1964) - Jul 06, 2013
"The Age&Scrapelli dialogues and much of the theatrics steer this nonchalantly toward comedy, but in essence it doesn't seem like Vincenzoni wrote a light-hearted social satire. Agnese (Sandrelli) is essentially raped by Peppino and therefore branded a whore by her community as her absolute monster of a father endeavors to wed her to her now reluctant rapist. She is battered by both. Sicilian culture is portrayed as extremely patriarchal and misogynistic. Funny? At times, but mostly shocking."
95 98% Interrogation (1989) - Apr 03, 2011
"L'aveu meets Katharina Blum in this phenomenal Polish film exploring the grim reality behind bars, behind the iron curtain. Interrogation is superbly written, directed and played, and as realistic as it is horrific. Janda's tormented features superficially resemble Maria Falconetti of Dreyer's Jeanne d'Arc, but Bugajski wisely dodges Christian symbolism. This "Passion" is that of a real person, one of many, not a saint, making it all the more inspirational when Tonia exhibits courage."