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Celluloid Junkie - 4730 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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65 64% Thérèse Raquin (1953) - Sep 28, 2010
"Although Zola wrote Thérèse Raquin some seven decades prior, Carné's adaptation comes off as a variation on the better-known The Postman Rings Twice. While this is a fairly potent film by its last act, as far as variations on that theme go it is inferior to Visconti's Ossessione. Vallone resembles Burt Lancaster in both appearance and woodenness, and it is as if Signoret is here rehearsing for her role in Clouzot's Les Diaboliques."
70 74% Casino (1995) - Apr 20, 2009
"No one in this movie seems safe from anyone, so for three hours you just keep waiting for things to blow over, wondering just who is going to get it in the end and just how. It's really compelling to watch, lovingly directed by Scorsese and luxuriously produced. Looking at the cast I have to say Pesci steals the show, with much the same cocksureness with which his character shakes Vegas down for money, no small feat considering the competition."
75 83% Brain Dead (1990) - Aug 13, 2007
"Brain Dead is a strange and unusual horror movie. Sometimes it's a bit campy, other times it's seriously artistic, and constantly it keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what will happen next. Pullman and Paxton are fabulous."
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."
15 7% Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) - Aug 27, 2011
"I suppose the most glaring of the film's errors is its confusion of intelligence with knowledge. The genetically modified apes simply seem to know everything without ever having learned anything, but they otherwise behave with apish non-sentience. Not much else in the film makes sense, either. So, compared to the writers, I can see how even an ordinary chimp would seem hyper-intelligent. Sit one at a typewriter and I'm sure he'll come up with a better script."
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% 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."
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"."
2% Funny People (2009) - Mar 10, 2010
"I want my money back. I was misled by the title to believe I'd find funny people in this film. Instead it has the zero Rogan, and Sandler, who is under the impression that unfunny things said in an annoying voice count as impersonation humor. The funniest thing about his character is his terminal illness. I only wish his death was quicker: the illness drags on for two and a half hours. Fast death upon the abominable Apatow as well, whose script guffaws childishly at mere utterance of profanity."
93 98% The Virgin Spring (1960) - Mar 03, 2007
"Bergman's works are often overambitious and overburdened with symbolism. The Virgin Spring is arguably his masterpiece, a very powerful film and his most focused, purest, most economic. With all due respect to the marvelous directing, I guess the one to thank for this is Ulla Isaksson, to whom Bergman should probably have gone for more scripts."