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VinegarBob

Celluloid Junkie - 3951 Film Ratings

Member Since: Jan 6, 2010

Location: UK

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95 99% Casino (1995) - Jan 06, 2010
"Goodfellas is great, but this is even better. The characters in Casino are much more interesting and fleshed out. From a motivational point of view there's really not much going on in Goodfellas beyond everyone wanting to make more money. In Casino it becomes more about power and control than just money, and the constantly shifting dynamic between Sam, Ginger, Nicky and Lester is fascinating (James Woods is brilliant too)."
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."
2% 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."
95 99% Winter Sleep (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."
100 99% The White Ribbon (2009) - Mar 27, 2011
"There really aren't too many films these days that pack an emotional punch like The White Ribbon does, and it does so in a nicely understated way. The film oozes confidence, technical ability and pictorial elegance from every pore; the cinematography is beautiful, the pacing is precise and each and every performance is nailed perfectly. One of the very best films of the decade, or any other decade come to that."
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."
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. "
2% Moulin Rouge! (2001) - Mar 04, 2014
"I can't think of any reason this films existence can be justified other than as some sort of torture device. Put it on repeat and leave your prisoner in front of it for half a day and you'll have your information."
95 99% 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."
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. "