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VinegarBob

Celluloid Junkie - 3918 Rankings

Member Since: Jan 6, 2010

Location: UK

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T1 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."
100 T10 Persona (1966) - Mar 27, 2011
"Exquisitely shot and featuring a terrifically raw performance by Bibi Andersson, this is Bergman's most concise and piercing examination of people teetering on the psychological brink. One of the most fascinating and engrossing films I've seen. "
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."
100 T10 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."
40 T2 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. "
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."
65 T5 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."
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."
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."
95 T10 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."