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astrakhan

Celluloid Junkie - 3410 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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82 T9 Palmetto (1998) - Apr 10, 2009
"This movie is underrated! I always enjoyed the idea of a modern take on a noir set in a very atypical tropical setting. There are some nice-looking locations and shots in this movie. The plot is ok, fairly original but with a silly ending. Harrelson and Sevigny put in good performances but Elisabeth Shue's femme fatale steals the show. Also the most accessible film by a difficult, inconsistent director."
95 T10 Ward 13 (2003) - Apr 06, 2009
"Pure genius - and proof that an overactive sense of humour and a twisted mind are far more important than clay modelling skills when it comes to making a great stop-motion. The fantastic camera angles - reminiscent of Hitchcock, de Palma or Tarantino - show that the director has a true eye for cinema. For me this hilarious and thrilling film surpasses even the Oscar-winning achievements of Aardman."
85 T10 I Capture the Castle (2003) - Feb 27, 2010
"Immensely enjoyable, despite the story becoming a bit silly (too much book crammed into one film). The production values were top notch, cinematography and lighting in particular world class - stunning to look at. Props and costume really excelled themselves to bring the 1930s sparkling to life (with just a few anachronisms!) Superb casting and fine performances from all around, particularly Romola Garai, a "plain Jane" who the camera adores. A great depiction of teenage hormones and emotions."
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."
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."
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."
77 T6 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."
92 T10 Living in Oblivion (1995) - Mar 30, 2010
"Right from scene 1 I could tell this was going to be brilliant. The portrayal of the endless frustrations and compromises of a low-budget film shoot is caricaturish, but also gloriously true to some real life experiences I have had. Film world outsiders can learn just how hard it is to make a film by watching this, and us insiders can laugh about the process. The performances are also superb across the board, particularly Steve Buscemi and Dermot Mulroney. DiCillo is a very underrated director."
84 T10 Moon (2009) - Nov 09, 2009
"Really great minimalistic sci-fi debut; although the theme is not that complex, its exposition is spun out with great craft, allowing us to share the doubts of the main character while occupying an omniscient point of view. Humour is used well to alleviate the mood. At each plot point, the film seems to make exactly the right decision, and it's a pleasure to just sit back and be hand-held though to the end. The continuous "why?"s are all answered satisfactorily and with impeccable timing."
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."