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Celluloid Junkie - 4818 Film Ratings

Member Since: Apr 3, 2006

Location: NYC, NY, USA

Age: 40

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, 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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63 59% The Demon (1963) - Dec 13, 2015
"It's not a scary horror movie nor a very juicy drama, but there is something remarkable about The Demon besides the gorgeous Israeli leading lady and its unmistakable influence on The Exorcist: On the surface, it appears to espouse open-and-shut primitive morals where her "witchcraft" sexuality makes woman a demonic temptress preying on God-fearing family-men and deserving of exorcism. That interpretation is subverted by the film's total focus on Purif. She is the only sympathetic character."
20 9% The Philadelphia Story (1940) - Aug 08, 2009
"As I watch this I envision a "laugh" prompt lighting up on every other line of the dialogue. With its incessant chatter it tries desperately to be funny and fails miserably, repeatedly. In its desperation it sinks as low as to steal a song from a yesteryear Marx Brothers movie. I can't help but surmise that the continued popularity of a comedy so dull is owed to the popularity of the leads."
55 44% Nazi Pop Twins (2007) - Jul 11, 2010
"Quinn arrives late on the scene, after the duo had started growing up and tiring of their hardcore white-supremacist image, but in time to document the conflict this creates with their domineering mother. Unsurprisingly, it turns out that mom and dad Gaede were responsible for the twins' conditioning, but a crack begins to form as teenage Lamb and Lynx show early signs of rebellion. In a sense the film is more about mom, whom Quinn (disingenuously perhaps) ends up confronting and antagonizing."
78 87% Bubù (1971) - Sep 21, 2014
"The best film you'll ever see about that type of girl who falls madly in love with an asshole just because he ruins her, and rejects the nice romantic guy who really cares about her because he's a wimp (and there's a twist). Aside from an excellent script narrowly avoiding melodrama, and Piccolo's sensational performance, Bubu features absolutely stunning cinematography by Ennio Guarnieri (also the perfect "Swept Away") whose every frame evokes August Renoir."
60 53% Rebel Without a Cause (1955) - Mar 08, 2011
"JD's crowning acting achievement is nicer than most Hollywood melodramas of its day, but the greatness of a Douglas Sirk eludes it because it lays on the psychology too thick. By saying "they called me a chicken. You know daddy, chicken?" James is just naggingly explicating previous subtext, and with gun-totting cops after them it's not the best time to "reveal" to his girl that the younger kid considers them family. Erasing a select third of the script's lines would have really elevated this."
10 4% Moulin Rouge! (2001) - Aug 13, 2007
"This film is torture for anyone who has any affection for music."
70 74% Edward Scissorhands (1990) - Aug 13, 2007
"Tim Burton is a lifelong revivalist of 19th century Gothic romanticism. Edward Scissorhands is the quintessential example, a modernized Frankenstein or Phantom, the cliché of the sympathetic freak misunderstood by a shunning society. Burton takes it to caricaturistic extremes by contrasting the gentle dark knight with a pastel-colored suburban community that's nauseatingly conformist and prim. It's kitsch, but engaging and humorous, and excels in casting, visuals and music."
78 87% Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) - Nov 05, 2012
"Requiem for a Heavyweight is a rough gem, it's not the edgiest or most sophisticated film out there, but it's still a wonderful little tragedy. The characters are painted in few and gentle strokes, but every relationship is wholly convincing and the dialogues are affecting and moving. Photography and editing are flowing are tasteful. The whole cast is satisfying, but Anthony Quinn, while perhaps insufficiently musclebound, is absolutely phenomenal. Undoubtedly one of his greatest performances."
43 30% Rooftops (1989) - Jun 12, 2010
"Robert Wise was one of Hollywood's most prolific directors but never an auteur. After a long, varied career, his swan song is this: An unmistakable product of the late eighties, cashing in on the capoeira craze, but also a faint echo of Wise's production from thirty years back, the West Side Story film. If you can appreciate over-the-top eighties movies (youth clad in tight jeans, Death Wish 3, groin kicks etc), you may find some enjoyment here."
53 40% The Kids Are All Right (2010) - Mar 01, 2011
"A movie about an "alternative" family, with the theme of lesbian parenthood engaged openly and frankly, and in this sense it is somewhat off the path. But it's not a film that pushes out against normative boundaries, quite the contrary: it strives to tame, normalize and centralize its subjects, to show that the kids, and the three parents, are indeed "all right", and that even their hardships are pretty "straight" stuff. It's a believable and serviceable lighthearted drama, but nothing special."