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Celluloid Junkie - 4887 Film Ratings

Member Since: Apr 3, 2006

Location: NYC, NY, USA

Age: 41

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% Salò, or The 120 Days Of Sodom (1975) - Oct 05, 2007
"Salò stands out as the grossest, most depraved European 'art' movie ever. The literary aspect of it is less accomplished; there is nothing easier - and more exploitative - than using sexual torture of children as a critical allegory for the total evils of the fascist aristocracy portrayed. Despite the failure of its main polemical aspiration, its form alludes to Dante, it's an interesting commentary on sex and power, and it's an effectively shocking movie taken at face value."
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."
2% My Name Is Lisa (2007) - Nov 15, 2008
"My name is Lisa and I'm the protagonist of a really lousy short."
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."
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."
58 48% 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% Rabies (2010) - May 11, 2011
"Call me conservative but this is a bit of a stretch: A random assortment of 20-40 year olds happen by chance into the same grove. Half of them happen to suddenly turn into violent psychopaths (without contracting rabies, as the title falsely suggests) and the rest are accident-prone idiots. Coincidentally, the woods are full of pit and bear (!) traps and live mines (!!). Add tear-jerking melodrama, infidelity and incest to the mix, and resulting is the world's first totally random slasher pic."
48 35% High Tension (2003) - Oct 29, 2012
""High Tension" is right. This is highly tense. It is also highly gruesome. Alexandre Aja went on to do schlock and shitty remakes and would never again make horror as effective as this. Sadly, he completely fucked this one up. The plot is at worst pedestrian, until the point where Aja decided "hey, it's half-decent so far, so let's do a twist ending that's extremely old, extremely lame, and RETROACTIVELY MAKES THE ENTIRE MOVIE MIND-BOGGLINGLY, ABSURDLY NONSENSICAL AND STUPID"."
60 54% One False Move (1992) - Sep 15, 2016
"The beginnings of Billy Bob Thornton, pre-"Sling Blade", and a good excuse for Bill Paxton to show off his twang. Other than that it's a somewhat manneristic but passable, watchable modern-westernish crime drama. Not a great script by any stretch, but certainly more invested than your average 1990s American shoot'em'up."
45 33% You've Got Mail (1998) - Sep 04, 2009
"Nora Ephron writes and directs a modernized adaptation of Miklós László's Parfumerie. Unsurprisingly, Samson Raphaelson's version of it for Lubitsch's Shop Around the Corner K/Os the contender and retains the title. You've Got Mail is not such a bad movie, but you gotta ask yourself if we really needed a 1998 update of one of romantic comedy's oldest formulas."