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VinegarBob

Celluloid Junkie - 3967 Film Ratings

Member Since: Jan 6, 2010

Location: UK

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95 99% 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."
2% Forrest Gump (1994) - Sep 03, 2015
"Fuck Forrest Gump, and everything it stands for. And if you stop to think about what it does stand for you may start to realise just how utterly noxious this film really is."
2% About Time (2013) - Mar 09, 2014
"Think of Groundhog Day. Now take away all the cleverness and originality, replace Bill Murray with someone with no personality, cobble together a string of embarrassingly unfunny scenes and lots of vomit-inducing sentimentality and you'll end up with this abortion. "
65 42% Whiplash (2014) - Jan 06, 2015
"This could have been an absorbing portrait of the student-teacher dynamic, or maybe an intelligent rumination on the nature of creativity, or the abuse of power, but instead it heads off into 'Rocky' territory where merely wanting something badly enough and having a good work ethic guarantees results in the end - the most prevalent and tired theme in all of American mainstream films. Simmons is brilliant though."
2% 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."
40 17% 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. "
30 12% 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 99% Aparajito (1956) - Oct 14, 2016
"In my view this is the best film of the Apu trilogy. The dynamics between Apu and his mother are fascinating, as we recognise his abandonment of her will probably be the death of her, but also know that he must leave her in order to experience all the world has to offer. The scenes of his enlightenment far from their provincial village are bracing, and Ray captures the almost limitless potential of youth perfectly. Masterful filmmaking."
95 99% 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 17% Inside Out (2015) - Jan 15, 2016
"Here's what really happened: Riley's parents were notorious drug dealers back in Minnesota but the Feds were closing in on them, so they sold all their furniture, skipped town and headed off to San Francisco to set up a meth lab. Figuring all the upheaval would make the obnoxiously upbeat Riley jittery they decided to switch her from Lithium to Valium, but the meds got mixed up in the move and they ended up giving her the DMT they had stashed in the glovebox for a special occasion. Poor Riley. "