Celluloid Junkie - 2874 Rankings
Member Since: Jun 26, 2006
Bio: I like all kinds of movies, with a slight bias towards comedies, thrillers, geeky shit (sci-fi / fantasy / superheroes), and James Bond. Outside of movies I like politics, cats, Mexican food, retro video games, New York City, and the TV show Community. I dislike lizards, peanut butter, and Lars von Trier.
My blog: http://timstvtalk.blogspot.com
|9 T10||Braveheart (1995) - Feb 22, 2017
"Mel Gibson, not content with his Mad Max and Lethal Weapon trilogies, continues his ascent to the status of God Gibson. Pure badassery afoot here people. British soldiers slaughtered by the hundreds. Swordplay and armies, Scottish accents, bagpipe music, skewered horses, moonlit boobs, flouncy prince consorts chucked from tower windows. Only downside is a few lame dream sequences. As for historical accuracy: *faaart* I don't give a fuuuck about historical accuracy, suck on my nuts historians!"
|6 T7||The Girl on the Train (2016) - Feb 22, 2017
"Reheated Gone Girl leftovers to be certain, but Gone Girl is magnificent and one of the best films of the last five years, so that's not so terrible. I was with it, enjoying drunken Emily Blunt. Some trashy but fun soap opera fluff. Disappointingly chaste, through! If this was made 20 years ago it would have been directed by someone like Paul Verhoeven and been wall-to-wall tits."
|2 T2||The Last Witch Hunter (2015) - Feb 13, 2017
"There a couple of SLIGHTLY neat ideas in it, but by and large this is a pretty drab and generic urban fantasy that does little to rise above the likes of Underworld or Resident Evil or whatever. Definitely not going into my rewatch rotation."
|8 T10||John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) - Feb 12, 2017
"It's a little too reverent to and derivative of its lightning-in-a-bottle masterpiece predecessor to stand as a masterpiece on its own, which isn't to say it's not one helluvan action flick. Every moment Keanu and Common spend fighting/shooting at each other in this movie is sublime. The expansion of the first film's mythology is consistently cool and fascinating. Great set pieces, great music, great ending. Already ready for the third one!"
|5 T6||Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) - Feb 11, 2017
"Actually a notch up from Lethal Weapon 3 (though I will admit that about halfway through I was regretting putting this one in immediately after - four hours of Lethal Weapon was a bit too much). Jet Li livens this shit up big time. Some fun bits. Though it does feel kind of by the numbers, and any edge the Riggs character had in the original film is completely gone."
|3 T3||Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) - Feb 11, 2017
"A very notable step down; the first one that just feels like "another Lethal Weapon movie." Chemistry between the leads remains good and there's a couple kinda neat action bits, but that's about all of its merits. Mostly fairly lazy storytelling that doesn't really rise above most episodes of most cop TV shows. And Leo Getz is reeeeaaaally annoying."
|1 T1||Hostel: Part II (2007) - Feb 05, 2017
"The original was no masterpiece and this just feels like an even more dumbed down and lazier version of that. Pure unscary goofiness start to finish with characters who never connect as anything more than ciphers on any level. What I've learned from the Hostel films: steer clear of Eastern Europe!"
|4 T5||Hostel (2005) - Feb 05, 2017
"Weirdly kind of tame considering its theoretically extreme subject matter. Only a few minutes of torture scenes, really. The testicle torture scene in Casino Royale is more painful to watch than any of them, and that was a PG-13 rated mass market blockbuster! Its grimy, dirty Eastern European vibe is kind of interesting and unsettling, though, and it does an ok job building its characters. Although by the end of the film I was kind of more chuckling at its goofiness than really scared."
|8 T10||Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) - Feb 05, 2017
"I have to imagine any Lethal Weapon fans seeing this back in '89 were enormously satisfied. It is the true sequel that ups the scale and the stakes and the action on every level while remaining true to the spirit of the first. Bomb on the toilet, helicopter beach shootout, collapsing stilt house, final dock/ship showdown, all great set pieces. Gibson and Glover continue to deliver in their chemistry. 80s action greatness!"
|7 T9||Lethal Weapon (1987) - Feb 05, 2017
" Far and away the best thing it has going for it is the chemistry between the two leads. Michael Kamen's score is also pretty solid; reminiscent of Die Hard score from a year later. Both suicide attempt scenes (gun in mouth and guy on the roof) are classic. As a pure 80s action flick it's pretty good if never hitting the level of spectacular, and the cop/mystery storyline (the case, the investigation, the villains etc.) is decent at best."