Celluloid Junkie - 3770 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
|80 T9||Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) - May 22, 2017
"Death or transformation: a phenomenology of perception as conditioned by intentionality, and an account of the potential for something like a caesura in the flow of life's course to lead to psychic rearrangement. Simple, subtle and quietly affecting, with some great moments (e.g., the instant change of tone in the Legrand scene when she begins to sing "Sans toi"). Varda and Demy seem to share an understanding of how tracking shocks possess a strange capacity to generate a mood."
|30 T2||John Wick (2014) - May 22, 2017
"Cartoonishness crossed with videogamishness. The hotel idea was OK. Debut director made one smart decision: minimal dialogue for Reeves."
|45 T4||Mr. Brooks (2007) - May 20, 2017
"Undemanding but not unenjoyable thriller based on a quasi-psychoanalytic symbolic representation of addiction as the manifestation of a barely controllable drive that is to some extent divorced from the ego's desire and that is, if not divorced from pleasure, at least accompanied by suffering. Some narrative choices run counter to generic convention (partly in dashed hopes of further instalments), but the film's virtues also largely depend on the not inconsiderable charms of its three big stars."
|50 T5||La Sortie des usines Lumière (1895) - May 20, 2017
"One wonders what all those workers were hired to do, exactly. Marketing, presumably."
|40 T3||Strange Circus (2005) - May 16, 2017
"Quasi-Lynchian psychosexual expressionism is drowned in quasi-Fassbinderian hysterical melodrama. Many of the elements found in this filmmaker's best movies can be found here, but the outcome in this instance is generally unconvincing."
|65 T7||Manchester by the Sea (2016) - May 15, 2017
"Front-loading the story with so many tragedies and melodramas is at odds with the goal of (seeking and gaining approval for) quietly observing subtle details, avoiding contrived redemptions, and so on. At its best when reflecting on contemporary intergenerational relations: the approach here is gentler than MARGARET, and so perhaps less penetrating, but not without insight. In short, has something of the odour of a "worthy film", but falls at the upper end of that particular Hollywood spectrum."
|70 T8||Deadwood (2004) - May 14, 2017
"Top level TV entertainment that stands as testament to the value of superior dialogue and casting (clearly talking about Richardson here). Takes its pursuit of themes to do with the bloody rise of something resembling law, and the even bloodier rise of something resembling capitalism, fairly seriously, yet at its heart remains a high grade soap opera, but with better jokes. That said, I wouldn't mind spending a lifetime trying to make Joanie Stubbs smile again. Powers Boothe died one day later."
|60 T7||Howl's Moving Castle (2004) - Apr 28, 2017
"It seems that the attempt to reorient the material towards an (admittedly slightly unsubtle, if timely) antiwar message results in a somewhat overcrowded narrative, but the setting on which this is staged is original, charming and magical. The artistry of the animation is superior, if perhaps not quite at the level of the filmmaker's preceding effort. Some (but not all) of the characterisation is quite good. The dubbing of the English version is better than usual for these things."
|80 T9||Spirited Away (2001) - Apr 27, 2017
"This viewer may have a soft spot for movies thematising rivers and industrialisation, especially when the virtues and vices of tradition and modernity are treated with some subtlety and complexity. Very impressive, often beautiful animation, showing great imagination and care. Very good for children of a certain age, so long as they haven't already been screwed up by other social and cultural garbage. James Cameron clearly borrows from this animistic fantasy, but AVATAR remains more superficial."
|25 T1||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - Apr 18, 2017
"Having neglected to download an email attachment, a girl is forced to go down to the building where she can get an actual copy on disc, only to find she has upload problems due to the size of the PDF. The outcome of fans spending years bitching and moaning online about (and mocking) the prequel trilogy seems to be to have to suffer several centuries of unrelenting, programmed blandness in the form of endless repetition of the original. Congrats. Orchestral score is outdated and intrusive."