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VinegarBob

Celluloid Junkie - 3924 Rankings

Member Since: Jan 6, 2010

Location: UK

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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."
T1 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. "
100 T10 There Will Be Blood (2007) - Sep 17, 2016
"There's so much to admire about this film: The striking cinematography and deftly handled editing, the weirdly discordant score, the utterly assured direction and first-rate camerawork, and of course Daniel Day-Lewis's towering performance. This is classic, powerfully cinematic storytelling at it's finest, and I'm confident it will still be watched and analysed a hundred years from now."
95 T10 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."
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."
95 T10 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)."
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. "
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."
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."