Celluloid Junkie - 2558 Film Ratings
Member Since: Jul 7, 2014
Bio: I love film and rate according to genre and/or a director's body of work.
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|48 19%||Good Burger (1997) - Sep 21, 2021|
|35 3%||The Cat in the Hat (2003) - Sep 19, 2021
"Welch is best known for his great production design in early Burton films, but it is difficult to blame this mess (i.e. his directorial debut) entirely on him given Myers' acknowledged creative interference and the spec like script that is bereft of clarity and focus. It relies heavily on the sets and visuals, which are moderately impressive, and Myers' star power. Unfortunately, Myers is extremely obnoxious, and the fact that the credits kick in at the 75 minute mark is telling. Avoid."
|48 19%||The Witches (2020) - Sep 18, 2021
"Uninspired adaptation has better production values than Roeg's chintzy version, but it has less 'personality', and Hathaway isn't a patch on Huston. The digital effects also vary wildly in quality. "
|63 52%||Habermann (2010) - Sep 14, 2021
"At first, Habermann appears like a strangely benign and largely anonymous interpretation of this crucial moment in history geared towards mass appeal. The short running time also results in the dramatic compression of events over an 8 year time period, which reduces emotional involvement. However, in the 3rd act Herz's real intentions are laid bare: to critique his countrymen and their deplorable behaviour towards their own at the end of WW2. The acting is solid and there are few strong scenes."
|65 58%||Withnail & I (1987) - Sep 12, 2021|
|55 35%||Malignant (2021) - Sep 12, 2021|
|58 40%||Mighty Joe Young (1949) - Sep 10, 2021
"It is better directed than Son of Kong, and Harryhausen's effects were certainly an obvious advance on the original Kong, but story wise, and especially in terms of subtext, MJY has very little going for it. It is redeemed by two great scenes---one in a nightclub and the other outside a burning orphanage--that almost justify a higher score. "
|73 76%||Pohádky tisíce a jedné noci (1974) - Sep 09, 2021
" An imaginative and faithful reimagining of Sinbad using paper cutouts with designs inspired by Persian miniatures. It really looks beautiful, like a pop up book come to life, and the picaresque source fits Zeman like a glove. The animation is fluid and so is the narrative composed of simple vignettes with surprising reflections on life and faith. Best sequence: the magic gold bag with an endless supply of coins that brings fortune or doom to its owners. "
|65 58%||Krabat: The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978) - Sep 06, 2021
"Zeman's return to animation proper seeemed fitting as his films were essentially live action cartoons. While it isn't as consistently engaging as his take on Sinbad, it never shys away from the darker themes of the material, and it is intelligently crafted kids fare that is a far cry from the braindead nonsense produced for children today. Youngsters in the old eastern block were tough nuts!"
|58 40%||Sea of Love (1989) - Sep 05, 2021
"Pacino's big return to film acting was overrated on release due to his extended absence, and Basic Instinct pretty much made all sexy thrillers of the 80s and 90s redundant. The other problem is that little real tension is generated from the 'what-if?' scenario with Barkin, and the investigation scenes are entirely perfunctory. The film also doesn't kick into gear until she finally appears--her husky voice and trashy sex appeal go a long way--but her chemistry with Pacino makes it."