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Shmendrek

Cinema Addict - 1560 Rankings

Member Since: Jul 8, 2007

Location: Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Age: 32

Gender: Male

Status: Single

Bio: Movie reviews span several years. Took a long hiatus. I don't see a lot of pictures these days. Reading a lot of literature, taking in a lot of baseball, and focusing on my job for the time being.

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T10 Vertigo (1958) - Jan 14, 2009
"Like a long, slow-burning fuse leading to a pile of dynamite. Even better, just when you think you've recovered from the initial blast, Hitchcock drops another bomb on you. When it was over, there was nothing I wanted to do more than watch it again. Brilliant work. "
T2 Fight Club (1999) - Mar 23, 2010
"Even when you look past its hyper-macho posturing, it's little more than a facile, liberal critique of consumerism which lacks the chutzpah to go for the jugular. The film is so worried about Ikea end-tables and underwear ads that it doesn't even mention class, which is a sign that your little "anti-capitalist" movie stinks. The best part is when Durden assaults a worker and threatens to kill him unless he "bootstraps" his way out of the social relationship that is capitalism. That's so Raven."
T1 Date Movie (2006) - Mar 26, 2008
"6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind."
T10 Casino (1995) - Feb 15, 2008
"Like a gaudy, coke-fueled Greek tragedy about the meteoric rise of an ancient lumpen desert civilization and its eventual destruction at the hands of its greedy, corrupt rulers. Throw in the beautiful "Theme de Camille," and you got yourself an unforgettable (though admittedly flawed) small-scale epic. Lots of folks will call this "Scorsese on autopilot," but for me its neck-and-neck with Taxi Driver as his best. "
T10 Apocalypse Now (1979) - Jul 08, 2007
"I have a hard time watching this as a critic of any kind. Something about it is so wholly absorbing that I lose myself in it completely. Even though Coppola is sometimes (justifiably) mocked for his hubristic declaration, "My film is not a movie; it's not about Vietnam. It is Vietnam," I agree that this is a film that goes beyond the dimensions of film. It's almost otherworldly."
T2 Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) - Feb 27, 2010
"Where you all see an incompetently directed slasher film, I see trenchant social commentary. In an early part of the story, Jason inhabits the body of a young black man, a "hellish" fate in the America of the early 90s. Consider the film's temporal proximity to the Rodney King trial and the-- ahahaha, just kidding, this movie is a piece of shit. "
T4 Dirty Harry (1971) - Mar 15, 2010
"Unabashedly authoritarian cop-porn, legitimized by a couple of unrealistic "ticking time-bomb" scenarios which force the audience to side with the "lesser of two sociopaths" i.e. Harry Callahan. A more honest film would have seen Callahan shredding the U.S. Constitution, blending the fragments, freezing them into a bullet, and putting it through the head of a black guy without reading him his Miranda rights, all while singing the Star Spangled Banner off-key. "
T4 V for Vendetta (2006) - Feb 29, 2008
"It's like it desperately wants to hit you hard, right in your gut, but all you see are pale, skinny arms weakly slapping at your face. "
T4 Dracula (1931) - Feb 27, 2010
"After seeing a few of these adaptations, I'm convinced that the Dracula mythos has an anti-Semitic subtext. Dracula is an Eastern or Central European Slav who immigrates to England, bringing pestilence in his wake. He parasitically feeds off the "life force" of the Western European bourgeoisie. And he's repulsed by Christian symbols like crucifixes. Fuck, Max Schreck in Nosferatu even has a giant, hooked nose. Interesting. As to this adaptation: good atmosphere, awful pacing."