Celluloid Junkie - 3961 Film Rankings
Member Since: Apr 15, 2006
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Bio: A score between 91 and 100 indicates a masterpiece.
Full reviews: https://www.criticker.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=5869#p55513
|55 T6||Black Mirror: Playtest (2016) - Mar 22, 2018
"Nobody enjoys a bad trip."
|60 T7||Black Mirror: Nosedive (2016) - Mar 21, 2018
"On the extremities of what Heidegger called das Man in the age of anti-social media. No dystopia is less desirable than this one. On the other hand, that's no reason not to give me a star for this review."
|35 T2||Annihilation (2018) - Mar 21, 2018
"There's such a thing as "new clichés": the mourning woman who insists on remaining stoically professional; the revelation of emotionally significant moments via a series of staggered flashbacks, etc. For a film about life, the characters are all lifeless and the ideas even more so, despite "borrowing" heavily from numerous (better) precursors. Every pompous moment gives the impression of being concocted mechanically, that is, superficially, for no actual good reason. Richard Brody got it right."
|55 T6||Detour (2017) - Mar 20, 2018
"Cleverer than most films that play around with what the viewer knows and when, in this case to make some points about perception, interpretation and how it leads to decision-making. The director makes the most of the inevitable limitations of what must have been quite a low budget."
|20 T1||Point Break (2015) - Mar 19, 2018
"The only way to get that Kurt Wimmer feeling is by going directly to Kurt Wimmer. For this movie, they went straight to Kurt Wimmer, and that's why this movie gives you that Kurt Wimmer feeling in spades. And as Kurt Wimmer would surely say: all we can do is be responsible for our own path...and let Kurt Wimmer be responsible for his."
|50 T5||Kurosawa's Way (2011) - Mar 19, 2018
"Watchable enough given some of the interviewees, but it's all a little too celebratory and the insights rather mundane."
|85 T10||Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990) - Mar 18, 2018
"While there are a couple of dubious moments here, the seeming simplicity of some of the episodes masks both subtlety and a gradually developing complexity of the film as a whole. The deliberate artifice used in the construction of the dreams, combined with remarkable aesthetic clarity, results in an oneiric mix of the beautiful and the uncanny, leaving the viewer with the impression of a singular experience whose unsettling power remains somehow mysterious. Perhaps the best Kurosawa I've seen."
|25 T1||Child's Play (1988) - Mar 17, 2018
|70 T8||Leviathan (2014) - Mar 16, 2018
"A scathing portrait of the pitfalls of life in a mafia state, this also turned out to be quite a bit funnier than this viewer was expecting, thanks to well-written characters and good performances. Decisions about what information to provide to the audience and what to leave out make the Kafkaesque point: you may never know. Perhaps the final scenes lack a little subtlety, but I guess so too does the mafia. Looks very good, with some memorable sequences. First time out with this director."
|70 T8||Welcome Home (2018) - Mar 15, 2018
"A combined viewing of WEAPON OF CHOICE, KENZO WORLD and this HomePod advertisement makes it clear that the only hope of finding joy in the conformist world of digital and network loneliness and isolation, according to Jonze, lies in being a professionally trained dancer. The rest of us are screwed. This is the most thematically complex and subtle of the three, and the relationship between performer and set is intricate and very well done. Using practical effects to mimic CGI is a clever idea."