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Criticker Zealot - 5191 Film Ratings

Member Since: Apr 3, 2006

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Age: 44

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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58 48% Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978) - Jan 21, 2022
"Even more misogynistic than usual for Bertrand Blier, if that's at all possible. If that's something you're willing to let slide, the movie is otherwise pretty decent - it's not a laugh-out-loud comedy for me, but it did keep me interested in what might happen next."
60 54% Buffet froid (1979) - Jan 18, 2022
"A screwball comedy where everybody murders everybody. After a while, it struggles to maintain its initial level of freshness and amusement. When it fails it feels overwrought, but the beautiful cinematography and the great Depardieu and Bernard Blier do come together to create some great moments of absurdity."
15 7% I Blame Society (2021) - Jan 16, 2022
"That it thinks it's sophisticated only serves to underscore its drab pointlessness."
78 88% Going Places (1974) - Jan 14, 2022
"Depardieu and Dewaere's characters are unredeemable serial sex offenders and thieves, but it's the women's low resistance, and sometimes even indulgent behavior that really seems like a stretch here. It doesn't condone sexual assault, but the semi-comical tone translates to murky cynicism. Even so, the movie is just chock-full of great scenes. The best of them - such as the train sequence and the scene with Moreau at the table - feature truly inspired mise-en-scène. Great, if not for everyone."
30 15% Fever Dream (2021) - Jan 14, 2022
"It has kind of a horror premise about dead spirit possession, but it's a metaphor for grief which is the tackiest trope these days, and there isn't even any horror. A bore."
2% We Need to Do Something (2021) - Jan 13, 2022
"Putting aside the absolutely horrendous writing: There are movies with a lower budget than this which do a massively better job turning their limitations into strengths. This one somehow looks even cheaper than it is. The special effects are laugh-out-loud crappy."
63 60% Fried Barry (2020) - Jan 11, 2022
"The resemblance to Bad Boy Bubby is unmistakable. Some of it looks like a tamer remake with more visual effects. There's no real explanation why everyone wants to either fuck, give free drugs to, or brutalize the covert alien protagonist, but it's intended to be crazy so what the hell. Gary Green is part scary and part hilarious. Quite fun."
75 84% Red Rocket (2021) - Jan 06, 2022
"Sean Baker is shaping up to be a great filmmaker. In Red Rocket, Texas gets the same treatment as Florida and California did in his previous films; but Mikey Saber (beautifully embodied by Simon Rex) is Baker's best character yet. He is deplorable and yet endearing, like something out of the Dardennes."
65 65% Personal Affair (1953) - Dec 28, 2021
"Highly mature material and would certainly be considered risqué in Hays-code USA, and probably today also. The first scene between Barlow and Barbara's dad seemed questionable, and the final scene is a little much. Thirty-year-old Glynis Johns, though charming, is kind of old to be playing a teen. Otherwise, it's a unique and compelling film."
63 60% The Medium (2021) - Dec 27, 2021
"Most of this is recombined bits and pieces of western horror, with rural Thai flavor mixed in. It does that hackneyed documentary style, starts out as a pretty standard demonic possession and exorcism flick, and peaks out as something quite similar to [Rec]. It's executed well enough to almost reach that film's scariness and intensity; which underscores my disappointment in its over-reliance on cliches. If you haven't been watching many horror movies, this might actually scare your pants off."