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amazedemon

Celluloid Junkie - 2596 Film Ratings

Member Since: Aug 18, 2014

Location: UK

Bio: "It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it." - Roger Ebert

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more Recent Ratings
66 66% Psycho (1960) - May 27, 2020
"Psycho is interesting as it inelegantly pairs a thriller with horror motifs with the conclusion of an "whodunit". Hitchcock, on a budget, produces some incredibly hokey action sequences which happen to be the most iconic scene in cinema. The film is still somewhat gripping, though perhaps time has lessened its visceral impact. Leigh and Perkins are excellent; but why was Sam more obsessed with finding the money than he was with finding Marion?"
59 18% Scoob! (2020) - May 27, 2020
"Scoob! is less of a Mystery Inc vehicle and more an plunge into the Hanna-Barbera universe. With that in mind the film isn't terrible, but often disappoints relying on pop-culture references and historical anachronisms to form its flimsy plot. The animation takes a bit of getting used to, and occasionally dips into uncanny valley territory. The voice acting is alright, if immemorable, though Issacs as Dastardly was good. Thematically about boys and their dogs, with an egregious Cowell cameo."
65 58% Vertigo (1958) - May 26, 2020
"Vertigo is a psychological thriller that plays out like a Shakespearean tragedy. Hitchcock is a master of the introduction, setting up the premise superbly; and the ending. The film itself is too slow-paced with too many scenes of Stewart slowly working his way through a set, often staring into the aether. I also found him to have better chemistry with Geddes than Novak. While this film popularised the dolly zoom, the actual scene is a tad underwhelming. A look at toxic relationships primarily."
66 66% Rear Window (1954) - May 25, 2020
"The setup to Rear Window is both masterful & prolonged; convincingly establishing Jeff's voyeurism while extensively introducing all the characters (and subjects). The ending is predictable but satisfying as it gives a conclusion to each of the windows. Stewart was charming, but my favourite moments involved Kelly's tenacity. The climax is gripping, though the build-up isn't. The camera panning is a little shaky and the set feels like a stage. A little dated in style, but conceptually clever. "
64 48% Wonder Boys (2000) - May 24, 2020
"Wonder Boys is often witty and well-acted, but the film never really gripped me. It is extremely well-cast; with Douglas & Maguire taking the lead, Downey Jr. providing some humour, while Holmes, McDormand & Tudyk seem underutilised. Essentially it's a feel-good-film about an author's life cycle from college to retirement and the elusive quest for happiness. In the end, the film doesn't end up being profound, but more quirky and at times sweet, assuming you don't find the character off-putting. "
65 58% Clueless (1995) - May 24, 2020
"Clueless is an entertaining, albeit rather pointless, film. Back in the day, Silverstone was definitely teenage crush material. Shawn, Rudd and Murphy were pretty good, and it was interesting to see a pre-Scrubs Faison. The script is good, never truly crossing the line into cringeworthy, and always remaining light-hearted. Definitely my favourite adaptation of Austen's Emma, contemporary or otherwise."
63 38% Top Gun (1986) - May 23, 2020
"The best thing about Top Gun is its soundtrack. The film is otherwise a mixed bag of flying, grieving, and flirting. The opening sequence is probably the most gripping, after which the film decides to repeat mediocre flight sequences without any distinctiveness. The acting is decent, though the dialogue is cheesy."
65 58% Little Shop of Horrors (1986) - May 23, 2020
"Little Shop of Horrors is simply a fun musical. The aesthetic is kitschy, messy and downright silly. The "Greek chorus" was great, as were most of the musical numbers. Moranis fills a niche in leading men without bravado, which hasn't truly been replicated since. Martin and Murray's short appearances were delightful. Greene's talking voice wasn't. I watched the ending where Seymore dies, and epilogue song is great comedy. Not my favourite musical, but a good one nonetheless. "
57 14% The Wrong Missy (2020) - May 23, 2020
"The Wrong Missy starts well but becomes unbearable over its 90 minute runtime. The film is utterly predictable and badly written, but that's only half the problem with this film. Lapkus is good with what she's given. Jackie Sandler had me wishing it was Adam instead. Schneider makes an unneeded appearance. And that brings us to Spade; his performance is alright, but the writing surrounding his character is cringeworthy. It just comes across as a male fantasy of the least imaginative kind."
64 48% Barton Fink (1991) - May 22, 2020
"I don't think I got Barton Fink. Turturro & Goodman deliver mesmerising performances, while I wanted to see more of Buscemi, Shalhoub & Mahoney's characters. Unfortunately from the point Fink is accosted in the bar by several units of uniformed officers, the film lost me. There is religious allegory mixed into what lies between absurdism and surrealism, and I didn't really enjoy it. Lipnick's (Lerner) final speech trapping him under contract was good, but didn't really conclude the film for me."