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Celluloid Junkie - 4873 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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60 53% My Darling Clementine (1946) - Apr 25, 2010
"I liked it quite a bit up until the romantic element of the plot set in and crapified it. The female characters are usually poorly written in westerns, but here they stick out so much that the misogyny is unmistakable. Clem and Chihuahua are both pathetic caricatures of womanhood: whiny, needy and quite unreasonable. Chihuahua - also conniving and manipulative, to say nothing of her convincingly awful actress Linda Darnell. It is a beautifully shot movie, but the script is underwhelming."
2% Hard Candy (2006) - Mar 07, 2007
"Just loathesome. The writing is terrible, the cookie-cutter directing incorporates all the tested cliches to look "stylish", unwarranted as they may be, and the movie is morally misguided to put it gently. The performances didn't blow me away either."
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"."
43 30% Pierrot le fou (1965) - Jan 28, 2013
"For a semi-unscripted musical road movie involving sex, poetry, animals and general whimsical haberdashery, I found Pierrot le Fou incredibly rigid and dull. Youth escaping bourgeois surroundings on wild vacations had become a staple of worldwide New Wave cinema by the mid 60s, and I acknowledge Godard's part in igniting that movement, but Pierrot is among the least exciting of its kind. The pseudu-intellectualism kills it. Every line of dialogue has to sound so smart, and none of them are."
20 9% Pocahontas (1995) - Aug 24, 2009
"Everything that's wrong with Disney is on display here. Whatever charm it had in days of yore is nowhere to be found, only the clichés, the childish songs and the daft pandering to the lowest common denominator."
78 87% Les Rendez-vous d'Anna (1978) - May 24, 2015
"Introspective Akerman tells about a Belgian filmmaker on the road. From a German hotel room, through Brussels, to her Paris home, her trip is a patchwork of increasingly inward one-on-one encounters, beginning with a strange man and ending with her life partner, and finally alone checking her answering machine. Affects runs the gamut from bored detachment to stifling intimacy (like in a marvelous scene with the great Lea Massari as her mother). Seminal, and reminiscent only of Dreyer's Gertrude."
35 19% Kafka (1991) - Dec 10, 2010
"Steven Soderbergh sullies the name of Franz Kafka by directing this generic, mostly trite and sometimes laboriously quirky fictional script with the character of the great author as its protagonist. Jeremy Irons is tasked with portraying poor Kafka, Theresa Russell is degraded with the role of the fatalish "girl", and Ian Holm's talent is wasted playing a Bond villain. Watch Welles' The Trial or Gilliam's Brazil instead."
2% Requiem for a Dream (2000) - Dec 27, 2006
"This entirely moronic film attempts to terrify you into its banal, truistic anti-drug agenda. Needless to say, there is not a whiff of real life to be found here, and the only thing that terrifies is the positive critical response to this trash."
98 99% Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945) - Feb 09, 2007
"Bresson has an uncanny understanding of the female psyche. Seldom in cinema are female characters so real, complex and multi-faceted. There is something distinctly feminine about the psychological drama and intrigue that make up Ladies of the Park. The male character is almost just a platform for the truly fascinating women to play off of. While not quite as perfect as the preceding Angels of the Streets, I still consider this a near-perfect film, Bresson's second best."
100 99% Raging Bull (1980) - Mar 03, 2007
"A great, great movie with strong catholic undertones. LaMotta is the embodiment of all seven sins and there is no one to stand in his way or say no to him. He therefore has rare moments whereof he achieves redemption through masochistic self-torment. Raging Bull is perfectly paced and portioned despite its long running time, owing nearly as much to Thelma Schoonmaker's brilliant editing as to Scorsese. LaMotta is probably the role of De Niro's lifetime."