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Celluloid Junkie - 4970 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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55 44% Telstar (2008) - Dec 13, 2009
"I had long awaited this, a movie about my hero Joe Meek, but it's somewhat disappointing. You see, Meek, despite his eccentricity and tone-deafness, was a genius. The young musicians working with him were very talented. Telstar is so caught up in the trappings of the conventional unflattering biopic, it makes Meek out to be nothing but an arrogant asshole surrounded by buffoons with most of their daily routine spent throwing stuff at each other. What's more, Con O'Neill is a total miscast."
48 35% The Quiet Man (1952) - Nov 11, 2012
"My tolerance for Ford's quaint, cutesy depiction of the rural Old Country waned after How Green Was My Valley. This one's consciously comedic, but still prejudiced by Ford's 2nd-generation Americanism. Worse yet, John Wayne plays his Western self. The same combination of traits; that coy machismo and otherwise blandness, which the love interest seems to find immediately irresistible. He's a middling actor, and Ford has a knack for visual composition, but uses middling scripts."
25 12% Big Bad Wolves (2013) - Feb 28, 2014
"This is considerably tenser and more gruesome than Keshales and Papushado's debut, "Rabies", and if you were unfazed by that film's ludicrosity, I guess you'll find nothing to complain about here. For me, the directors' apparent contempt for coherence and reason and their flamboyant regurgitation of cliches ruin it completely. Tarantino only liked this because it imitates him, and he doesn't value originality, or passable writing for that matter."
35 19% Let the Right One In (2008) - Oct 30, 2009
"As far as vampire movies go, it's better than stuff like Salem's Lot, but that's not saying much. The film (and evidently the novel) is based on the wrong assumption that infecting an otherwise banal children's love story with vampirism, or an unscary vampire flick with juvenile romance, is enough to make it interesting. It isn't. The film is boring, and while another reviewer found an "impressively choreographed slaughter of three kids" cheer-worthy, I found it tastelessly manipulative."
38 23% The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) - Oct 30, 2009
"Evidently the Chinese of all people (rather, orientalist stereotypes thereof) are interested in bringing Ghengis Khan back to life - in order to "wipe out your whole accursed white race" no less. It's hard to decide whether a movie like this is charmingly naive or inexcusably silly. With the riveting Karloff as the "hideous yellow monster" Fu Manchu, and quite endearingly quaint effects and art design, one does lament that the text and rest of the cast are not just a little bit more intelligent."
70 74% Cries and Whispers (1972) - Sep 02, 2010
"Sophisticated and daring and successfully communicates psychological drama between a dying woman and her two sisters and maid. On the other hand, its instruments seem too blunt, such as the tricolor (black/white/red) symbolism of the sets and wardrobe, the over-reliance on raw portrayal of suffering and guilt, the eventual evolution into a ghost story. Like many of his films, it is part of Bergman's search for accurate self-therapeutic expression, and like most, it is a miss."
78 87% A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958) - Apr 20, 2011
"The romantic affair of a newly conscientious, repentant Nazi soldier home on vacation. Far better than it sounds. Such instances as when the lovebirds lament their inability to honeymoon in Paris or Holland as they'd be hated, feel chillingly decadent considering context - until finally a horrid Nazi atrocity is mentioned in brief but purposefully, giving perspective. The hammy delivery belies a nuanced, moving and thought-provoking script, with dialogue tottering between pathos and profundity."
40 27% The Wayward Sun (2013) - Jan 14, 2017
"Largely unfazed by the fact that one of them has just killed their best friend, Wren and the suddenly sober Chaz leave their overturned jeep on the road and wander off into the desert, walking at a snail's pace and never checking google maps despite their phones' phenomenal battery life and reception. Wren hallucinates an exotic dancer and reaper-like phantom, which are creepy the first couple of times out of their zillion reappearances. Later, a stoner cactus preaches existentialism."
100 99% A Woman Under the Influence (1974) - Aug 14, 2007
"I like everything Cassavetes does, but here he totally outdid himself. It's still unmistakably his personal brand of cinema verite, yet in a way it's the most traditionally cinematic Cassavetes I've seen, and that's not a bad thing. This is one of the most nuanced and emotionally intense dramas I've ever seen, and Gena Rowlands gives the performance of her life. She's simply spectacular."
40 27% Citizen X (1995) - Sep 05, 2009
"The great Donald Sutherland and Max von Sydow, as well as the potentially compelling true case of Andrei Chikatilo (one of the most prolific serial killers on criminological record), are wasted on a very average made-for-TV production. A tame, thrill-less thriller with mediocre text. Although said to be critical of the USSR's conduct in the case, Citizen X lavishes its protagonists with adulation and omits such crucial facts as the execution of an innocent suspect who confessed under torture."