Celluloid Junkie - 3877 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
|25 T1||Thor: The Dark World (2013) - Nov 19, 2017
"Compared with the first instalment, here the filmmaking is just as incompetent (more impersonal, if not inhuman), the story is even more meaningless, and Portman's eye makeup is a little too heavy, and in any case the romance is also entirely subsumed by the tiresome melodramatics and computer-generated mayhem, with hardly any wit to relieve the boredom."
|35 T2||Thor (2011) - Nov 19, 2017
"Suffering from the tedium that is inevitable when incompetent filmmaking serves a meaningless story, this relies heavily on the charms of its two leads. And, in fact, Portman is enormously attractive here (with natural makeup that succeeds in bringing out her undeniable beauty), playing a gentle, rather touching character. One suspects, however, that reviewers paid little attention to this, the film's chief virtue, and, if such is the case, it reflects yet another widespread critical blindspot."
|40 T3||Crimson Tide (1995) - Nov 15, 2017
"It's surely one of the great ironies of history that it may only have been because of his exposure to the realities of nuclear disaster (a year earlier on the K-19) that in 1962 Vasili Arkhipov really did possibly save the world. Here, the use of vivid red, blue and green lighting to make submarine interiors seem less visually boring is overdone, and the use of Tarantino-added references to STAR TREK and superheroes to make naval dialogue seem less robotic is out of place. Same goes for the dog."
|30 T2||Baby Driver (2017) - Nov 01, 2017
"What's surprising is not that so much effort can be expended for so little result, but that all that effort can still come off as being so very lazy. All Wright's problems are present: mechanical scripts and characters designed to please a crowd while presenting the thinnest veneer of something different so as to garner critical approval. Increasingly difficult to avoid the conclusion he's a climber who's desperate to be liked by everyone: in short, a fake and a conformist. Brody got it right."
|60 T7||Vampyr (1932) - Oct 23, 2017
"Not just dreamlike but somnambulistic, with a roving camera that seems at times to itself be wandering according to the rhythm of some kind of mechanical sleep. With strong imagery and clever use of light and shadow, one nevertheless cannot help but feel that this may have been the original "style over substance" movie, and the final product hurt by budgetary compromises. Despite its shortcomings, it is certainly a curiosity with several moments that are still impressive eighty-five years later."
|65 T7||The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988) - Oct 18, 2017
"Like L'ARGENT, this is a Christian parable, but here money is less simply diabolical than it is a token in an economy of gift and counter-gift that opens the way, more or less, to the transcendental. The slow rhythm with which the mostly melancholy events unfold is justified by a narrative that constantly invites reflection, but, despite everything, including the uncanny, almost timeless world in which the story is set, perhaps it does not quite reach the heights. Looks very nice on Blu-ray."
|85 T10||L'argent (1983) - Oct 16, 2017
"Money itself is somehow counterfeit: in some way the only thing that exists but equally a fiction, an artifice, founded on a belief but ultimately crediting only nothingness, found nowhere yet behind everything, a ghost in the machine but also, today, the deus ex machina itself. Counteracting that excess, Bresson's style here reaches a pinnacle of austerity (yet every moment also looks beautiful), which, from a certain perspective, may make it his best attempt to control the viewer's perception."
|75 T9||Kamyu nante shiranai (2005) - Oct 15, 2017
"Unduly neglected (an idiotic review by Jay Weissberg in Variety may not have helped), this is an enjoyable, interesting and ultimately affecting reflection on cinema and murder (much better, for example, than AURORA, viewed just before this one), as well as on cinema and life, weaving Truffaut, Visconti, Mann, Camus, Mahler and others together with a set of youthful characters who are very well composed by the writer and performed by the actors. Disc is released by DVD of the Month Club!"
|35 T2||Aurora (2010) - Oct 14, 2017
"The bland "director's statement" included with the DVD, with its pseudo-profundity and tedious paradoxes, serves to confirm this viewer's impression that the filmmaker has thought less, and has less to say, than he is given credit for by some critics. A strong commitment to filming from behind pillars or through doorways is not enough to justify the running time, at least in the absence of other ideas interesting enough to hold the viewer's attention."
|70 T8||Still Walking (2008) - Oct 13, 2017
"Some questionable aesthetic decisions, but mostly subtle and well-worked out drama about resentment and regret. Really avoids melodrama, which may lead to an impression of lightness, but what this film seems to be about is the near impossibility of resolving some kinds of generational problems."