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Celluloid Junkie - 4920 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, 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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0% Zeitgeist: The Movie (2007) - May 18, 2009
"This work is a superb example of coercive persuasion for many reasons, not the least of which being that like all good propaganda, it pretends to be a groundbreaking exposition of propaganda. That the conspiracy theories herein are actually convincing to a certain audience is a testament to the efficiency of its tactics; it begins on relatively steady ground and uses the momentum, and the same authoritative tone, to progress to disinformation and the incitement of moral panic."
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."
53 41% The Kids Are All Right (2010) - Mar 01, 2011
"A movie about an "alternative" family, with the theme of lesbian parenthood engaged openly and frankly, and in this sense it is somewhat off the path. But it's not a film that pushes out against normative boundaries, quite the contrary: it strives to tame, normalize and centralize its subjects, to show that the kids, and the three parents, are indeed "all right", and that even their hardships are pretty "straight" stuff. It's a believable and serviceable lighthearted drama, but nothing special."
75 83% Il Grido (1957) - Apr 16, 2010
"This is Antonioni only nearing his peak, the early sixties. But not only is his style already unmistakable, but this may also be the paradigmatic, most crystalline expression of Antonioni's thematic interests. A neorealism sparse in dialogue, with little expressed through words, but the long-shots, dwarfing man in relation to his environment, complete the picture. It is a dilapidated, decaying suburban backdrop selected to symbolize the disintegrating human relations in the foreground."
63 59% 1900 (1976) - Jul 10, 2008
"Bertolucci's magnum opus 1900 revolves around his two obsessions, politics and sex, and has precious little in between. It's a boastful production incorporating grandiose, picturesque cinematography and an all-star cast, and compels throughout the 5:15 hours of the uncut version, but it's shallow."
20 9% Eduart (2006) - Sep 02, 2010
"I was hoping to be able to boast having seen a good Albanian movie, but Eduart is cheesy and moralistic, with a weak lead performance."
70 74% Edward Scissorhands (1990) - Aug 13, 2007
"Tim Burton is a lifelong revivalist of 19th century Gothic romanticism. Edward Scissorhands is the quintessential example, a modernized Frankenstein or Phantom, the cliché of the sympathetic freak misunderstood by a shunning society. Burton takes it to caricaturistic extremes by contrasting the gentle dark knight with a pastel-colored suburban community that's nauseatingly conformist and prim. It's kitsch, but engaging and humorous, and excels in casting, visuals and music."
60 54% Jules and Jim (1962) - Dec 01, 2008
"French New Wave cinema exists to be appreciated, but does little to be enjoyed, and Jules et Jim is a great example: It strikes an intellectual pose, tries for an artsy look and strains to be witty and charming. The characters, however, are made of paper and their relationships superficially described and impenetrable. Is the lack of closeups a catalyst to this or simply a symptom of the director's disinterest in his subjects?"
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."
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."