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amazedemon

Celluloid Junkie - 2745 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
62 31% Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (2020) - Sep 23, 2020
"Neither the characters nor the universe are compelling enough to make Camp Cretaceous work. The show keeps evoking the Williams' Jurassic Park theme as a cheap ploy to evoke nostalgia and good will, but the 1st season is set around the events of Jurassic World, achieving the opposite effect. At least it's better than Fallen Kingdom. "
63 39% Take Me Home Tonight (2011) - Sep 23, 2020
"Take Me Home Tonight is bizarre comedy in which college graduates act as if they were high-schoolers. The plot isn't great, though the antics are reasonably entertaining. The 80's aesthetic is a tad overdone with the outfits and soundtrack. The cast is what I enjoyed most, even if they looked too old for their roles. Mediocre, but still somewhat enjoyable."
66 67% The Painting (2011) - Sep 22, 2020
"The Painting is charming and delightful in its characters and animation, though at times the film does suffer from a slower pace. Thematically, the film straddles between class struggle and existential musing, not substantially exploring either, but the idealistic (or simplistic) ending fits the 100 minute runtime and ends on a positive note. Switching between the French and English dubs, it was interesting to note the maturity in the former versus more warmth and whimsy in the latter."
63 39% History of the World: Part I (1981) - Sep 22, 2020
"There's just too much Brooks in the History of the World. There are plenty of funny moments, at least during the first half, but the film never escaped the shadow of Monty Python's Life of Brian. The film is essentially a collection of Jew jokes and slapstick, and by the time we reach "The Spanish Inquisition" (that nobody expected) the premise has worn too thin, and the film drags to a forgettable conclusion. The cast is good, but Brooks' facial expressions are just off-putting. "
62 31% The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007) - Sep 21, 2020
"The Water Horse manages to feel both clichéd an inauthentic at the same time. From the narrative framing device of relating the tale to American tourists, to yet another film revisiting WWII Britain. The cast is decent, but the film just isn't engaging enough. Sure this film delivers on themes of loss and letting go, but Pete's Dragon (2016) is a much more entertaining film in a similar vein; which, for a family-adventure, is more important."
64 49% The Fault in Our Stars (2014) - Sep 20, 2020
"The Fault in Our Stars benefits from strong performances by Elgort & Woodley, but a clichéd & overlong screenplay left me exasperated. The themes surrounding life & death are decent; and despite some well-written scenes, too often a scene drops off the cliff of cheesiness (eg. kissing atop the Anne Frank house). A lot of characters are superfluous or underdeveloped, but that fits with the theme of incompleteness. Watchable, but not nearly as profound as it thinks it is. "
56 12% The Big Bang (2011) - Sep 19, 2020
"The Big Bang is a neo-noir that suffers from style-over-substance as it pairs saturated colours with atrocious dialogue. The detective aspect of the story is uninspired as Banderas mumbles his way through a series of interrogations. All the talk about particle physics, while relatively current for 2011, is pointlessly basic and needlessly delivered. For a surprisingly impressive cast, the film is impressively bad. Reeser's performance, in the only scene that works, is the sole redeeming aspect."
57 13% Splice (2010) - Sep 18, 2020
"Splice commences as a trope-filled sci-fi tale that uses genetic experimentation as a backdrop to explore a couple's resistance to raising a child. As the film progresses, the characters become more infuriating and the plot takes an unneeded turn into torture porn (and genetic-hybrid porn). There is some decent cinematography, and the effects and designs of the creature are good. Unfortunately, the film is let down by poor characters, a contrived plot and an unsatisfying 3rd act."
61 25% Zombi Child (2019) - Sep 17, 2020
"Zombi Child is more atmosphere than story, as the film languidly reaches its climax before abruptly & underwhelmingly ending. The script is fairly clever, leveraging haughty lectures on French colonialism against Haiti's legacy of enslaved "zombies". Unfortunately, the vast amount of teenage angst overshadows Mélissa's societal gripes. A good cast, strong performances, and a mesmerising possession scene add value to the film; but the dual aspect doesn't satisfactorily come together by the end."
62 31% Project X (1987) - Sep 16, 2020
"Project X is a lacklustre film, that while still watchable is forgettable. Hunt & Broderick are decent in their roles, but the anti-animal-testing theme is undermined by both its heavy-handedness & its ludicrous portrayal of super-smart simians (or rather chimpanzees). Poor production values, forgettable characters & tepid action don't help either, but at least you get to see chimp flip off an Airman. Motifs from Horner's score to this film also appear in Willow, lending some familiarity."