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amazedemon

Celluloid Junkie - 2923 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
64 50% Flora & Ulysses (2021) - Mar 01, 2021
"Flora & Ulysses is a decent, well-produced, family film. Lawler does a great job. There's something mildly cathartic about watching Schwartz run around like a kid. Pudi goes full Cage. Yet problems inherent in the screenplay keep the film from rising beyond forgettable. There's the hypocrisy of a Disney film that is anti-authority and pro small creators, while using the Star Wars theme as a doorbell. Also the film lacked the emotional resonance it was actively pursuing. It's still cute though."
49 4% Blithe Spirit (2020) - Mar 01, 2021
"I like the cast of Blithe Spirit, but the film remains an unfunny slog that drags through its 95 minutes. I was barely invested in or entertained by the bourgeoisie characters. Mann delivers the only amusing interlude acting out the finale of her widower's screenplay. Fisher is mediocre. Dench is at least moving up from Cats. Rather than being an edgy comedy of tragedy, this film spent its efforts on revising the original play to make the wives seem "empowered" at the expense of quality."
58 15% Getting Even with Dad (1994) - Mar 01, 2021
"Getting Even with Dad's robbery scene in the 1st act is reminiscent to the opening of Beverley Hills Cop II down to the the 80's-esque guitar tremolo & ticking beats. The film is equally as derivative throughout, while also being tonally inconsistent. Culkin & Danson utterly lack chemistry, highlighted by Headly's awkward performance that bewilderingly ties the film together during the middle portion when it turns into a semi-watchable RomCom. It's a bad film that is tolerable background noise."
56 12% Asterix at the Olympic Games (2008) - Feb 28, 2021
"The best aspect of this Astérix film are the puns made with the character names. This offering is low energy, banal and goes on for far too long; the film peters out with a post-credit scenes coming before the credits. Cornillac isn't a great Astérix nor is he really given a chance to be one."
61 25% Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (2002) - Feb 28, 2021
"Mission Cleopatra is an underwhelming experience that offers snippets of fun buried in an overlong film. There's the minor issue of the sound editing which has an Italian quality, whereby half the dialogue (in French) feels like it has been re-recorded & dubbed over. The film is also constantly cheapened by the continual use of contemporary film motifs or an obvious pop song. Ultimately, by taking the Gaulois out of Gaul, the film loses its provincial charm even if it still makes the same jokes."
48 3% Monster Hunter (2020) - Feb 23, 2021
"So apparently you can polish a turd. Monster Hunter has some good (not great) visual effects, but remains utterly unengaging for its entire runtime; a feat as impressive as the movie is bad. I'm unsure whether Jovovich or Jaa delivers the worse performance, but it was obviously a grunting race to the bottom. Why was Perlman cosplaying John Candy in Spaceballs?"
60 22% Space Sweepers (2021) - Feb 22, 2021
"I really wanted to like Space Sweepers. The film has tons of well-rendered VX shots, lots of space battles, & arrays of colourful bright lights; and it's all a bit much. The diversity in casting is laudable, even if the acting is subpar. The cheesiness of the plot could have been forgiven or even enjoyable had the film been engaging. The screenplay and dialogue are just not good. The film feels really long, constantly dragging through exposition scenes before another meaningless CGI-fest occurs."
67 73% Nomadland (2020) - Feb 22, 2021
"Zhao manages to capture melancholy with Nomadland, in a film that is more feeling than story, yet breezes through its runtime. The cinematography is great; with a cold portrayal of beautiful & desolate landscapes that seems deliberate juxtaposed against the weathered, broken characters. The subtle commentary on an ailing country was well done, though I hope it doesn't spawn a subgenre of post-recession poverty-porn Americana. I'm not sure I enjoyed the film, but I appreciate the experience."
65 60% White Snake (2019) - Feb 21, 2021
"White Snake is an enjoyable film that manages to deliver a cute, albeit clichéd, romance set within a cool fantasy world. I'm realising that demons, prejudice, reincarnation, & hanging plot threads involving dragons are all staples of Chinese fantasy. The film has a video game aesthetic, but it's pleasant enough with the detailed backdrops & location/set-piece design. The narrative does suffer a little from weird edits, and the villains all lack a bit of depth. The Fox demon was great though."
59 18% I Care a Lot (2021) - Feb 21, 2021
"Gone Girl had mounting tension; I Care a Lot offers frustration. Pike's Marla is instantly set up as a smug, unsympathetic protagonist. The film exists in a tepid space between dark comedy & crime thriller, exemplified by Blakeson's inconsequential (& insistent) use of gender & an underwhelming theme of greed. I liked that characters didn't judge each other for their immoral actions, but for not playing by the rules of their game; however, like the film, that aspect never becomes fun."