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astrakhan

Celluloid Junkie - 3459 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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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."
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 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."
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."
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."
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."
88 T10 Le Premier jour du reste de ta vie (2008) - Aug 18, 2009
"This film deals in universal issues of love, life, death and family that anyone can relate to. The lives of the protagonists are painted in such vivid detail, and their escapades are so emotionally fulfilling, that it creates an immersive experience which seems almost hyper-real. Huge credit to Bezonçon and all the cast for making such a satisfying coming-of-age movie, in fact five movies in one. Finally a modern French family is portrayed on the big screen, no holds barred. Great music too."
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."
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."