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Celluloid Junkie - 4116 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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55 51% The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (1958) - Jan 15, 2019
"Likeable tale of technological adventure: the animation of eighteenth and nineteenth century line engraving adds considerably to the charm, with some moments of visual wit that rather exceed that of the dialogue."
25 7% Oldboy (2013) - Jan 12, 2019
"Poor writing, poor direction and some almost self-parodying performances are fatal flaws when the narrative is this absurd. Some of the cuts seem to suggest studio-enforced butchery, but whether fidelity to the director's original intention would have resulted in anything like a good film is doubtful."
80 89% Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) - Jan 11, 2019
"In GUILTY OF ROMANCE a professor/whore quotes a poem by Ryūichi Tamura (b. 1923) to thematise the gap between words and body, to which she responds through a struggle involving compulsive, ritualised sexual sacrifice. Here the same gap, interpreted as that of art and action, has a male rather than female form, and the sacrifices that struggle entails reflect an obsession with war and suicide. Perhaps between these two movies there is something to learn about male and female disorders of desire."
45 33% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) - Jan 08, 2019
"A parade of sadism, which suggests that understanding the meaning of this kind of artefact means understanding the function of ritual. Here, as in other cases (see my review of LOOPER), the rite of suffering seems designed as a means for fathers to sanctify their withdrawal from the family by undergoing an ordeal that redeems their past sins and legitimates their absence. Does the need for such a rite reflect unease about accepting the paternal role of familial breadwinner, or something deeper?"
45 33% Ant Head (2018) - Jan 05, 2019
"Somewhat evocative if extremely minimalistic filmmaking."
60 60% First Reformed (2018) - Jan 02, 2019
"So Betsy becomes Esther as the woman whose superficial conventionality must be spurned, while Iris becomes Mary, the suffering woman as the path back to life and salvation: Schrader needed the Scorsese of 1976 to bring some ironic questioning to this arrangement, but, on the other hand, the Scorsese of 2016 would probably only have upped the level of tortured hysteria. Given that thought, the cinematic restraint shown here is unquestionably preferable to the visual kitsch of SILENCE."
55 51% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) - Dec 31, 2018
"Impossible to score, really, because barely a film, being more like a nonstop string of throwaway moments, yet not without interest (including, obviously, for historical reasons, but not only)."
65 69% Tanna (2015) - Dec 30, 2018
"There is something genuinely beautiful about this film, which certainly does better than most at combining ethnographic interest with narrative structure, in this case a rather affecting tale of tragic love."
55 51% The Trip To Italy (2014) - Dec 23, 2018
20 2% Split (2017) - Dec 01, 2018
"Bad and stupid."