Celluloid Junkie - 3326 Film Ratings
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|50 25%||Crazy Rich Asians (2018) - Jan 15, 2019
"It’s sincerely cool to have a mainstream movie like this where basically all the characters are Asian, but the movie itself really is only okay. I mean, it’s just a standard romantic comedy. It all felt very familiar, with lots of clichés. There just wasn’t all that much for me. Yeah, it was fine, as far as these types of movies go, but I didn’t enjoy it myself."
|60 43%||Christopher Robin (2018) - Jan 12, 2019
"This was okay. It was basically Hook (1991), but with Winnie the Pooh characters. Lots of clichés and familiar story beats. Still, it wasn’t without charm. It did capture some things about childhood fairly well. The animal characters were cute and I thought the animation on them was pretty good. Ewan McGregor was fine. It didn’t do much new, but it was pleasant enough. "
|60 43%||Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991) - Jan 10, 2019
" I don’t think it’s as good as the film itself, despite what some fans may say, but yeah, it was good. It’s great just as a piece of filmmaking history - they don’t make films like this anymore. There were all sorts of production troubles I didn’t know about, and it’s kinda insane that they even finished the film, let alone the fact that it became a masterpiece. Yeah, so, it didn’t blow me away, but I’m glad I watched it."
|60 43%||Bird Box (2018) - Dec 31, 2018
"It has a pretty interesting premise but did feel derivative of other post-apocalyptic stories. Most of the film wasn’t particularly thrilling, but there were a couple of standout scenes that had a good amount of suspense. Bullock’s performance is nothing special, but she gets the job done. Reznor and Ross' score is excellent. The screenplay was a little clumsy in parts in terms of exposition and structure, but overall, I enjoyed it and I’d totally recommend it."
|55 35%||Upgrade (2018) - Dec 22, 2018
"With the way some people had been raving about it, I expected more, but yeah, it was just a decent episode of Black Mirror, basically. The story was pretty formulaic and predictable, and I didn’t care about any of the characters. Well, character - there was only one real character, and he was pretty basic. The themes were obvious. I enjoyed some of the direction, particularly during the fight scenes. They were pretty cool. And I think I liked some of the music? Otherwise, it was pretty average"
|55 35%||The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) - Dec 17, 2018
"It was decent. I liked that it distanced itself from Frankenstein (1931) by being more about Victor Frankenstein than the monster itself. The first half of the movie is fairly dry, but once the monster shows up, it’s pretty fun. Cushing is good. Lee is too, but he doesn’t get to do all that much. I liked the make-up on him though, and his coat was badass. I though the ending was pretty interesting and unexpected, too. Overall, I didn’t love it, but I’m glad I watched it."
|50 25%||Rampage (2018) - Nov 28, 2018
"As a big, dumb, spectacle movie, it’s fine. Totally fine. It’s a big-budget B-movie and it knows it. The plot is very basic, but it’s got some good action scenes and a light-hearted approach. A lot of the humour didn’t work, and while most of the visual effects were good, there were a few dodgy moments (that parachuting scene? Yeesh.). I wasn’t really invested in it, but it was pretty harmless."
|50 25%||Incredibles 2 (2018) - Nov 16, 2018
"I just don’t get it. What is appealing about these movies? Sure, the animation’s good, but it always is with Pixar. And yeah, there’s some pretty awesome action sequences that are really well-directed, but that’s not enough. A very formulaic, predictable story. I don’t like any of the characters. Not funny, apart from some parts with the baby. No emotion. Maybe there’s something I’m missing, but yeah, I don’t like the Incredibles movies."
|45 17%||Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) - Nov 14, 2018
"It’s basically the same thing, except they already used up most of the popular songs in the first movie. The scenes in between the musical sequences were hard to get through. Everything’s so frivolous and without weight that I just can’t make myself care about the characters or what they’re doing. Also, and this was a problem with the first movie too, there are a lot of average or non-singers in the cast, which makes it hard to enjoy. "
|30 7%||The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1985) - Oct 28, 2018
"Maybe it was low expectations, but I didn’t think this was terribly worse than the first one. It’s definitely less original and you can tell Craven didn’t really care about what he was doing, but I found it fairly harmless overall. Lots of bad acting and goofy characters again. There were actually a few interesting ideas in there, but they weren’t explored, so it didn’t matter. I wouldn’t recommend it, but I didn’t hate it."