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Celluloid Junkie - 4158 Film Ratings

Member Since: Apr 15, 2006

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Age: 48

Gender: Male

Bio: A score between 91 and 100 indicates a masterpiece.
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60 60% The Dance of Reality (2013) - May 23, 2019
"Its best bits are quite enjoyable or even thoughtful or touching, though some of the wisdom it attempts to impart has a bit of an air of dime-store philosophy (despite the filmmaker's seeming anti-commercialism, announced in the first moments of the film). How psychomagical viewers find this to be will depend on their level of willingness to go along with the carnivalesque melodramatics lodged somewhere between mysticism and surrealism."
70 76% Ahlat Agaci (2018) - May 22, 2019
"Fine drama with some Kiarostamiesque qualities, in which moral dilemmas and the struggle of the young writer are intertwined with difficulties of a nation caught between tradition, poverty and modernity. All elements are done well (the character and performance of the father is very good). Also features the original Trojan horse (note: "original" here means, originally from the Wolfgang Peterson film). Possibly deserves a higher score."
65 69% Kaigenrei (1973) - May 05, 2019
"More straightforward than Yoshida's two previous ruminations on revolutionary hubris, this was made two years after 11-25 and reconstructs some of the events leading up to 2-26, with significant consequences for Japanese militarism and society. The focus is on a writer, Ikki Kita, perhaps as a way of reflecting on Mishima's failure 34 years later; it suggests a relationship may exist between sociopathologies such as military dictatorship and libidinal pathologies (so to speak) such as masochism."
55 51% Rengoku eroica (1970) - May 03, 2019
"A kind of critique of revolutionary politics as a mix of noble ideas and child's play that inevitably leads to violence, recrimination and show trials. Like EROS + MASSACRE, this seems to be under the sway of Resnais in terms of playing around with time and Antonioni in terms of shots in which figures are carefully composed with architecture and space in order to emphasise alienation, distance and/or confinement. The largely impenetrable narrative undoubtedly tests the viewer's patience."
35 19% Flight (2012) - Apr 26, 2019
"Seems written by a guy who went to AA, was impressed by its "spiritual" elements, decided to write a movie about it, but thought he needed to glamorise the subject by making the protagonist into a guy who flies big planes. The result is rather absurd, and it's hard not to feel that the whole thing might seem more dynamic and appealing if the order of scenes was reversed."
15 0% Legion of Fire: Killer Ants! (1998) - Apr 24, 2019
"Quite amusingly awful."
60 60% Erosu purasu Gyakusatsu (1969) - Apr 24, 2019
"While some of the "experimental" artiness seems quite dated, the themes concerning the relationship between social revolution and sexual revolution, and between "free love" and "women's rights", are pursued a fair distance, along with an unusual willingness to examine the contradictions of the "bourgeois" "intellectual" and the "revolutionary" "activist", etc., framed with an air of failure and tragedy, and an interesting attempt at implicating all of this in the filmmaking process itself."
75 83% The House That Jack Built (2018) - Apr 18, 2019
"About a serial killer who starts out with a touch of Harry Caul but then gets into the swing of it. Seems above all to be a playful self-reflection on the hubris, narcissism, obsessionality, futility and amorality of artistic endeavour. Bearing some similarities to NYMPHOMANIAC, with edifying digressions and parables on the paradoxes of morality, this doesn't reach the same heights, perhaps because addiction to murder isn't as compelling as addiction to sex, but still provides plenty of nuggets."
25 7% Mortal Engines (2018) - Apr 10, 2019
"A ragtag bunch of misfits and rebels band together and ultimately engage in a thrilling airborne dogfight so as to try to prevent the deployment of a vast weapon threatening mass destruction. Familiar? While in STAR WARS the plans were concealed in the inner computer workings of a small robot, and while in ROGUE ONE the plot concerned the difficulties brought by trying to email very large attachments, here the issue concerns the importance of always carrying important data on a USB stick."
60 60% The Favourite (2018) - Apr 10, 2019
"Enjoyable enough if not wildly entertaining faux-historical drama, purporting to expose the self-serving power games of the aristocracy while itself revelling in casual obscenity, casual lesbianism, and even more casual assault. Watched this on a plane, but it seemed, through what I could discern on the small dim screen and above the roar of the engines, to be a film that probably looks and sounds good, with good use made of fish-eye lenses, as well as of period architecture and decoration."