Celluloid Junkie - 4840 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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|40 27%||Breaking the Waves (1996) - Oct 19, 2009
"Intriguing at first, but very soon one gets the message and for the rest of the 2:30 hours all that is left for Trier is to flog his sacrificial lamb with ever increasing fervor, to predictably, almost ritualistically martyrize Bess by escalating her "sacrifices". Breaking the Waves is a familiar Christian sermon praising deaf and blind devotion as a virtue. Bess' self-destruction, meant to appease an unworthy spouse, is unrewarded in her life but gets her sainted by the camera."
|95 98%||Autumn Sonata (1978) - Nov 07, 2007
"An immensely harrowing chamber drama. Not only does the awesome text reach emotional extremes, but these extremes are successfully delivered through absolutely masterful acting from the entire cast, which Bergman incessantly shoots in closeup. This choice of cinematography grabs you by the throat, pulls you very near and never lets you distance yourself. It constantly, forcefully confronts you with expressions, feelings and reactions. Watching this is one strong experience."
|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"."
|63 59%||A Bucket of Blood (1959) - Sep 11, 2010
"As a viewing experience it's lean and flowing and entertaining to watch, if a bit slight and generally ridiculous. But underlying the somewhat exploitative horror comedy is a potent allegory about social reception of and expectations from art. It's significant that the director of this little movie that's more ambitious that it looks, went on to become the producer patriarch of New Hollywood."
|80 90%||Devils on the Doorstep (2000) - Sep 29, 2009
"One half-expects this to be dogmatically anti-Japanese and a glorification of Chinese valor and resilience. Admirably it's nothing of the sort. Wen Jiang performs powerfully in his own comedy of errors as Ma Dasan, a simple peasant, cowardly, hesitant and not too bright. Dasan is the reluctant captor of two Japanese soldiers, themselves flawed but sympathetic. A humane, moving, often farcical but in the end grotesquely sobering war drama."
|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."
|15 7%||Redd Inc. (2012) - May 20, 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."
|73 79%||A Passage to India (1984) - Nov 20, 2010
"A flawed but very good film. Throughout its long running time it never fails to engage, on the strength of an interesting and compelling story, picturesque locations and beautiful period production, consistently great directing and flowing pace. The main problem is with some of the characters and actors. Davis is perfect, but Banerjee spoils Aziz' fragile believability by overacting, Guinness' tour de force belies a stereotypical character in Godbole, and other characters are just a bit flat."
|20 9%||Keoma (1976) - Mar 01, 2007
"Franco Nero is made over to look a bit like Charlie Manson as Keoma, your dime-a-dozen "fastest gun in the west" but with a hippie hairdo. He pisses off a big-shot bad-guy named Caldwell, and his own three asshole brothers (one of whom is a Donald Sutherland lookalike) who work for Caldwell, but against all odds he perpetually kicks their butts. There's a King-Learish element at work. The soundtrack is ridiculous. Contrary to many spaghetti westerns, there is no humor."
|78 87%||The Hunt (2012) - Mar 25, 2013
"Excellent acting and directing aside, I think The Hunt is a courageous film. The idea that false accusations even exist has become almost taboo in the west, and some in the audience will therefore find the script unbelievable. I believed it, and I appreciated its restraint and sense of proportion actually. And to anyone admitting to themselves that this scenario is realistic in contemporary culture, it's a disturbing, harrowing, upsetting film."