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djross

Celluloid Junkie - 4826 Film Ratings

Member Since: Apr 16, 2006

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Age: 51

Bio: A score between 91 and 100 indicates a masterpiece.
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more Recent Ratings
70 76% The Lost Daughter (2021) - Jan 22, 2022
"An effective Rorschach movie about several issues but mainly motherhood, helped by good performances from Colman and Buckley in the title role. The title and structure seem designed to mislead the viewer into thinking its just another example of that standard contemporary genre that consists in "woman struggling determinedly on her own is revealed via staggered flashbacks to be suffering from trauma brought about by having a 'lost' kid (usually a daughter)". Fortunately, it's not that at all."
60 61% Richard III (2016) - Jan 20, 2022
"A disabled man encounters prejudice but is determined to follow his dreams and establish a place in mainstream society. He also pursues his hobby of seducing the female relatives of people he has murdered."
55 51% Henry VI, Part 2 (2016) - Jan 19, 2022
"Dispute after dispute with a whole lot of side-changing, but in the service of not very much, other than to set the scene for misshapen Dick to take centre stage. Its TV markings are starting to show through a little too clearly. Very important note: this was first screened in May 2016, and Meghan’s relationship to Harry started in July 2016. Coincidence?"
65 70% Henry VI, Part 1 (2016) - Jan 18, 2022
"A charming and experienced man takes a lover in order to send her to be the wife of an important but inexperienced man, so that through her he may wield influence: interesting idea. I have not read this play (well, I understand that it is Part 1 plus parts of Part 2), but I get the impression that quite a bit has been deleted, and a few other liberties taken."
55 51% Otaku (1994) - Jan 17, 2022
"Surveys rather than analyses the disorders of psycho-social-sexual desire in Japan, but it is revealing to watch this in 2022, and note to what degree phenomena of the kind shown in the more recent documentary TOKYO IDOLS were already firmly established prior to the opening of the internet to the public. It would be quite interesting if Bastide (Beineix having died this week) could do a 7 UP-style follow-up that showed what has become of these folk. Watched a 77-min. version; orig. 169 minutes."
40 24% Synchronic (2019) - Jan 16, 2022
"A man without children helps a man with children and learns true values. A film that gets progressively more conventional and predictable as it goes along, giving the viewer less and less reason to pay attention to the intricacies of the unfolding of what is quite a silly premise."
60 61% Fellini's Casanova (1976) - Jan 15, 2022
"Fellini seems to have put himself into a position of having to make a film about a figure who, upon studying his autobiography, he could see only as anti-sex, anti-life and anti-Italian. Consequently, the film is rather at war with its main character, and seems to want the viewer to suffer the emptiness of mechanical repetition, with an occasional veneer of pathos thrown in to lend significance to the relentless parade of emptiness. The women are cardboard cutouts. A spectacle of limited appeal."
65 70% Black Bear (2020) - Jan 12, 2022
"A clever and enjoyably well-written film fundamentally about writer's block and creativity, but also about other things, and where it is better to know nothing before watching. The Albeeesque first half is perhaps more pleasurable than the slightly hysterical second half, but overall this is really quite an interesting movie, with its own twist on Lynchian narrative dislocation and Lynchian dread. In the end, the explanation seems quite straightforward (which is a good thing)."
35 18% The Wasteland (2022) - Jan 06, 2022
"A father feels abandoned by the empty universe and finds a pretext to abandon his family; his wife feels his abandonment and craves connection so much she's willing to abandon her child; the child feels these abandonments, but seems to learn to persevere. Sounds promising? Maybe, but these abstracted horror films about a nameless dread and so on have become a kind of formula, it seems, and this one doesn't really convince. That the beast relies on telephonic communication is kind of interesting."
45 32% Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer (2021) - Jan 03, 2022
"Goes to a lot of effort (probably too much since it becomes quite repetitive) to set the 1970s Times Square scene (it almost seems as if Travis Bickle's perception has become official historical memory), and to make earnest points about the treatment of sex workers, but it's quite clear that the filmmakers know what kind of "material" will butter their bread. If Robin Thicke can be forced to pay millions because of stylistic similarities, then Errol Morris should be the richest man in the world."