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astrakhan

Celluloid Junkie - 3593 Film Rankings

Member Since: Apr 6, 2009

Bio: Insatiable, omnivorous cinephile. For every film I watch, two more unwatched ones grow back in its place!

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30 T1 Synecdoche, New York (2008) - Dec 27, 2009
"Charlie Kaufman's head has disappeared so far up his own ass that it has re-emerged from his own mouth as a stinking, shit-smeared parody of itself. Evidently that was the inspiration for his latest movie, which is just awful, unintelligible, incoherent, meaningless drivel. One of the few films I have been unable to sit through to the end. Shades of the quirkiness that made BJM and Adaptation so good, but trying too hard, it vanishes into a puff of smoke that should set off anyone's BS detector."
90 T10 District 9 (2009) - Dec 06, 2009
"The documentary-like style makes this the most effective melding of sci-fi and reality that I have ever seen in the genre. The scale and ambition are huge, especially for an African film. And it pulls it off, with not one famous star. It also bravely alludes to some of the biggest problems South Africa has faced and continues to face, like racism, oppression, violence and AIDS. The film holds up a mirror to human civilisation. And at the same time, it's a sci-fi geek's wet dream in terms of FX!"
82 T9 Tintin et le mystère de la toison d'or (1961) - Jan 11, 2010
"Delightful little adventure which will satisfy Tintin fans. The story is a class act, worthy of any Tintin book. The characters are suitably cartoonish and all look the part in a quirky way. The acting varies - Haddock and Calculus are superb, Tintin is energetic and quiffed but lacks that surprised/shocked expression from the comics, and Thomson & Thompson are a bit hopeless. Even Snowy gets his part to play, although the dog actor is unfortunately not as expressive as his cartoon counterpart."
84 T10 Okuribito (2008) - Jan 07, 2010
"At times laugh-out-loud funny, at times poetic, beautiful and deeply serious... Takita's film shows off his many talents, while treating the difficult subject of death thoroughly, from all angles, and in a way which truly allows the audience to reflect on it and learn something new. It could stand to be edited down, and some of the motifs can seem a little cheesy, but the complex fabric of this film falls subtly and on enough levels that such flaws can easily be ignored. A real pleasure."
77 T5 Micmacs (2009) - Nov 30, 2009
"What if Ocean's Eleven was remade by Terry Gilliam in France? You'd have Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "Micmacs a Tire-Larigot", a zany caper film about society's outsiders sticking it to the man. Very strange, but ultimately quite likeable and with a good anti-gun message. A tart with a heart."
84 T10 Midnight in Paris (2011) - May 14, 2011
"A fun escapist adventure in which Allen tries to catapult us and himself into an alluring bygone world of fantasy and romance, but every time he comes close to making magic he is let down by his urge for silliness and buffoonery. The film is propelled largely by jazz music, costumes and name-dropping, a gimmick which brings regular laughs. But it also feels lightweight with a lot of loose ends. More of a sketched idea, than polished prose. Still it's one of his most entertaining films in years."
83 T9 Mother (2009) - Jan 09, 2010
"Terrifically well-made and tight character-driven mystery that recalls, and almost matches, Bong's earlier masterpiece Memories of Murder. Although the son is a weak character, as the film goes on you realise it is not about him but his mother (the clue was in the title). She is a remarkable and complex character, brilliantly acted by Kim Hye-Ja. The story unfolds slowly like an origami figure and there are some nice artistic touches in the direction of the silent scenes in particular. Great."
87 T10 The Secret of My Success (1987) - Apr 15, 2009
"This exciting caper flick mixes elements of Ferris Bueller, Working Girl and Back To The Future. Fox plays himself and the script offers up plenty of fun surprises and precarious escapades. Who doesn't like situations where a character has to change his clothes in an elevator every 5 minutes to play different identities? Another quality 80s family film which can sit on a par with John Hughes's best efforts of that decade. The only downer is the awful tacked-on deus ex machina ending."
82 T9 Shrew's Nest (2014) - Jan 24, 2017
"A superior psychological horror - that genre the Spanish seem to be so good at recently - which turns into a bloodbath. The story is a slow burner, but its elements fit very nicely together. Macarena Gómez carries the film tremendously - she steals every scene she's in. The mise-en-scène also deserves plaudits, with crisp cinematography, a well-chosen colour palette, period detail, and lots of religious imagery and intense facial close-ups. Suspenseful, terrifying, and good to look at too."
82 T9 Coldblooded (1995) - Mar 10, 2010
"Likeable for the minimalism and directness of its script, and for the relentlessly logical and emotionless world view of its central character. The humour is essentially black but tends more towards the quirky or weird. Good casting. Decent direction and production values despite the small scale of the film, a good example to budding filmmakers. The ending was slightly weak; the film seems to chicken out of having a message, after suggesting for quite a while that it is going to have one."