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astrakhan

Celluloid Junkie - 3733 Film Ratings

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 85% 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."
82 85% Tintin et le mystère de la toison d'or (1961) - Jan 12, 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."
92 98% 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."
87 95% 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."
83 89% Mother (2009) - Jan 10, 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."
82 85% Shrew's Nest (2014) - Jan 25, 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."
84 91% 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."
30 0% 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."
95 99% 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."
79 66% Greenberg (2010) - Jun 19, 2010
"At times Stiller's portrayal of the confused and directionless Greenberg left me cold. I could identify but not buy into or sympathise with his self-destructive eccentricities. Eventually, though, the film's characters did grow on me. Well, with Greta Gerwig it was not that difficult. I left fairly satisfied with the film's conclusions, but perhaps not with its journey there. The highlight was some of the relationships and dialogues, which were genuinely touching and real. More please, Baumbach."