Celluloid Junkie - 3821 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
|30 T2||Ghost in the Shell (2017) - Aug 17, 2017
"Binoche is too good for this tedious remake of FRANKENSTEIN, which serves only to show, once again, how well Hyams did on DAY OF RECKONING with a tiny fraction of the budget. To conclude with "humanity is our virtue" flies in the face of everything that could potentially have made this interesting, and to follow that up with her stating that "I know what I'm meant to do", then end with her being "authorised" to follow some orders, tends to consolidate the feeling that the writers were clueless."
|75 T9||Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970) - Aug 16, 2017
"Quite original exploration of both the social mechanisms and the psychic consequences of authoritarian power. As an investigation of fascistic tendencies, this is in some ways superior to THE CONFORMIST, which was released in Italy a few months after this but played in the United States a couple of months before this. The US release date was, in fact, and highly significantly, the day on which Todd Phillips was born."
|60 T7||The Endless (2017) - Aug 15, 2017
"In RESOLUTION, the characters seemed subject to the tyranny of audiences's narrative desires. Here we see the same thing, but as a species of our own tendency to fall prey to a narrative repetition compulsion with solipsistic consequences. Whether we should see this as simply our existential condition, or one always inflected by the technological (media) milieu in which we are immersed, is perhaps left open. Return to form by these really quite interesting filmmakers. Slightly too long, perhaps."
|75 T9||Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates (2013) - Aug 13, 2017
"While the main chapters of this story are of course very well known, it succeeds in filling in less familiar gaps and providing more up-to-date information, and at the same time in showing just how much current scientists are able to discover from very old, very small fossil remains. Together with FIRST LIFE, this conveys quite a lot about the history of life from the earliest beginnings until today. A lengthy series on hominization would be a great complement, but isn't Attenborough's thing."
|80 T9||Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) - Aug 13, 2017
"As a film intended to awaken thaumazein in youthful minds, and so begin a process of genuine questioning, it can be counted a success. In its opening it repeats the opening of An Introduction to Metaphysics, from which Malick also drew for THE THIN RED LINE. In its quasi-Heideggerian way, however, the film comes up against some limits that it might potentially have gone beyond, and which may have led to other questions, those starting not from wonder but from dread (as Nietzsche put it)."
|85 T10||Late Autumn (1960) - Aug 06, 2017
"There do seem to be an awful lot of widows and widowers in Ozu's universe, as if engineered to make the threat of loneliness a constant issue to be thought about when making familial decisions. Nevertheless, one cannot deny the great aesthetic pleasure that Ozu delivers here in nearly every scene, even in a story that contains an underlying sadness that gradually comes increasingly to the surface. At times it seems as if the director's one true love is a kind of off-green colour."
|50 T5||Inside Out (2015) - Aug 05, 2017
"Clever depiction of the psychic apparatus as above all a generator and manager of competing affective forces, but this style of computerised animation is quite unappealing and the humour only sporadically successful."
|30 T2||Passengers (2016) - Aug 04, 2017
"Apparently it was originally going to be titled, "Eventually she'll learn to like it"."
|45 T4||Ant-Man (2015) - Aug 04, 2017
"Like IRON MAN, this is about the invention of a technology so dangerous that the man who invented it decides the only way to stop it from being used is to use it. Also about the notion that fathers must be "heroes". Some amusing lines if a little too fluffy, it just about passes the time."
|55 T6||Café Society (2016) - Aug 04, 2017
"The line about Socrates may be the highlight and conveys the melancholic tone the film seems intended to capture."