Celluloid Junkie - 3677 Rankings
Member Since: Apr 15, 2006
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Bio: A score between 91 and 100 indicates a masterpiece.
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|50 T5||The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey (2016) - Sep 29, 2016
"Too much bragging about "four thousand years of collective experience" and so on, with a few elements that were not really evidence of much (like the dialogue supposedly extracted from the 911 call by using noise reduction software: if they were serious, they would have had people listening to it blind, so to speak), all of which makes it seem more tabloidish than it needed to be, but despite such problems it does a pretty good job at making clear the inadequacy of other explanations."
|25 T1||Homefront (2013) - Sep 26, 2016
"Sylvester Stallone finished his espresso one morning, then retreated to his office, knowing that he would be spending many solitary hours at his keyboard, tapping out the best script he possibly could. The result has a competent structure for this sort of thing, although many of the details make little sense. Awfully filmed. Statham tries. Ends by setting the scene for a sequel, although there is reason to doubt that Franco or Ryder (how does she pick her roles?) would agree to return for that."
|45 T4||Hachiko: A Dog's Story (2009) - Sep 24, 2016
"Sometimes it's not bad to be reminded of how susceptible we can become to the affective power that can be generated through the projection of sound and light, and that it has very little if anything to do with our capacity for cognition or reflection."
|55 T6||A Most Violent Year (2014) - Sep 23, 2016
"Pretty good exploration of hypocrisy, even if the last five minutes are a bit too contrived, intended no doubt as a way of trying to get the point across. Consensus seems to be that it is Lumetian but seemed more Mametian to this viewer, although with a bit less artifice. Good use of colour and the unusual score adds a sense of menace. Chandor seems promising. The film justifies its existence purely by provoking my discovery of the great Ray Bryant album, Alone with the Blues."
|45 T4||Allegiant (2016) - Sep 22, 2016
"Some of the motivations could have been developed a little better, and not everything is explained comprehensibly, but then a sequel was intended. Series does succeed in reconfiguring the techno-political questions it raises differently in each episode, in a fairly interesting way. Romantic aspects are passable. The consensus of critics and audiences that this group of movies is somehow worse than other blockbusters or Hollywood movies is anti-girl and a pure demonstration of the herd effect."
|50 T5||Insurgent (2015) - Sep 22, 2016
"More interesting and involving than the first, even if it is ultimately about how the fate of the world depends on finding someone who can complete a computer game all the way up to the end of level five. This sequel is made with greater flair and is also less anti-Cleisthenes than the first instalment. This series does introduce genuine narrative surprises more than does something like THE HUNGER GAMES, but this seems to go unrecognised by audiences and critics."
|35 T2||Divergent (2014) - Sep 21, 2016
"Seemingly an anti-Cleisthenes remake of FULL METAL JACKET, but after basic training Joker becomes the female sniper. If this sounds rebellious, it nevertheless does evince a rather militaristic yet at least residually moralistic view of the transition to adulthood that seems peculiar to contemporary American ideology. Unexcitingly filmed no doubt, but the way this was disliked by audiences and critics seems suspiciously like they have trouble accepting movies targeted at a youthful female crowd."
|65 T7||Horse Money (2014) - Sep 15, 2016
"A zombie movie, but from their perspective, and where the source of the affliction lies in a discriminating society that cares so little for them that its sufferers have all but lost the power of speech, and can do no more than shuffle within the cracks of the world while memories of the dead past rise compulsively like a broken record playing in a room from which all occupants have long since departed. Maybe Costa's best looking film, but his earlier works should be seen before trying this one."
|90 T10||Chimes at Midnight (1965) - Sep 13, 2016
"Great stuff in all aspects."
|45 T4||Open Range (2003) - Sep 12, 2016
"Costner tries his hand at representing the notion that America is the land of freedom, and that the real freedom, and hence the real America, was that which existed before the final settlement of property rights within the enclosed spaces of emergent capitalism. Effort is made towards resisting and countering some generic clichés, but others are embraced without question. Ultimately, the filmmaker's desire to please and impress a mass audience with his old-fashioned big-time spectacle wins out."