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VinegarBob

Celluloid Junkie - 3901 Rankings

Member Since: Jan 6, 2010

Location: UK

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95 T10 Inland Empire (2006) - Mar 27, 2011
"With Inland Empire Lynch seems to have finally been able to accurately project all of his phobias, neuroses and nightmares directly onto the screen in one sprawling, disjointed, spaghetti-like opus. Once again the sound design is peerless, the visuals are shocking and Laura Dern deserves a medal for her gutsy performance. Scary stuff, and a brilliant book-end to a remarkable career that started with Eraserhead - the film with which this has the most in common."
40 T2 Son of Saul (2015) - Apr 08, 2016
"Great filmmaking ruined by an idiotic premise. A man in Auschwitz putting himself and everyone around him in mortal danger to find a rabbi in order to bury some random dead kid is beyond absurd. After a while I was willing Saul to do everyone a favour and just catch a bullet. You'd think he'd have more important things to worry about but no, Saul (or 'that daft twat' as I came to think of him) carries on with his nitwit plan to the bitter end. Such a waste. "
10 T1 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) - Feb 10, 2014
"The most annoying character in the Lord of The Rings trilogy was the stupid dwarf. This film is full of stupid dwarves."
95 T10 The Turin Horse (2011) - Oct 16, 2011
"What a beautiful, hypnotic film. The cinematography is breathtaking and the sound design is phenomenal. You may not have 'fun' watching this - the themes are bleak and the pacing is glacial, but if you open yourself to the experience it's one you'll not quickly forget."
T1 Warrior (2011) - Dec 31, 2011
"Bad Rocky knock-off with characterisations straight out of CSI Miami. By the end it's unintentionally hilarious in its hysterical determination to grip you by any means possible which here, because of the writers' complete lack of imagination, means we have a series of cliches from start to finish topped off with a laughable finale. Warrior makes all the Rocky films (including the really daft one set in Russia) seem like masterpieces of gritty realism and understatement."
95 T10 Songs from the Second Floor (2000) - Mar 27, 2011
"Some will find this style of film intolerable, but I think its languid pace, combined with its long static shots and unfeasibly long takes perfectly illustrates how insignificant an impact most of us make on the world around us, and is wonderfully effective at portraying the stultifying banality of most peoples' existence. As an added bonus it's funny too. Watching these people muddle through life's bleakness and absurdities made me smirk often, and occasionally utter a muted guffaw."
T1 War Horse (2011) - Jan 13, 2012
"From the clumsy and overbearing music to the uneven and intrusive cinematography which mostly tries to ape the work of many John Ford classics, this is not much more than one badly thought out and embarrassing scene after another, with nary a thought given to characterisation past rough stereotyping and only a passing interest in reality."
85 T9 I Stand Alone (1998) - Feb 09, 2016
"With I Stand Alone, Gaspar Noe sets up a world that's utterly seedy and bleak, then introduces a character who leads such a grim and humourless existence that it can't fail to send the viewer into a deep funk. And then we're forced to see everything through the eyes of a protagonist that despises the whole human race. Now that's a scary position to be in, and makes this one of the more disturbing films around."
30 T2 American Sniper (2014) - Jan 08, 2015
"This felt like switching between Fox News and the Hallmark channel. Yes, it attempts to show the negative effects of war on soldiers, but only on American soldiers, and in an embarrassingly clunky way. The Iraqis have no voice in this film whatsoever - each one is portrayed as some sort of sneaky backstabbing savage; target practice for an ignorant hick and his buddies."
95 T10 Kis Uykusu (2014) - Jan 12, 2015
"Ceylan's pinpoint precise compositions of the stunning winter landscapes are breathtaking to behold and are the perfect backdrop for the icy atmosphere that's slowly revealed between the main players in this broody and insightful character study. Haluk Bilginer gives a great performance and he's ably supported by Melisa Sozen and Demet Akbag who play his resentful wife and bitter sister respectively. Film of the year."