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djross

Celluloid Junkie - 3748 Rankings

Member Since: Apr 15, 2006

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Age: 46

Gender: Male

Bio: A score between 91 and 100 indicates a masterpiece.
Full reviews: https://www.criticker.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=5869#p55513
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Research: https://yachaytech.academia.edu/DanRoss

more Recent Rankings
60 T7 Ménilmontant (1926) - Mar 25, 2017
"Life in the big city of Paris ain't all gravy."
65 T7 Nocturama (2016) - Mar 24, 2017
"Not about terrorism, but about the consequences of cutting a disaffected generation off from the sense of having a place or future. However extreme their acts (and here they are not nearly as nihilistic as those that would follow in Paris after the film was conceived), the dreams of the young people shown here are extinguished, replaced by mimetic consumerist parodies. The precise geometries of the camerawork, while striving to create tension and dynamism, also expose a kind of hyper-panopticon."
75 T9 Planet Earth II (2016) - Mar 19, 2017
"Focused once again on geographical milieus and their challenges, the photography is of course remarkable, but the images of hunter and prey, courtship, and raising of young are clearly prioritised over scientific insight. Resembling the cityscapes of KOYAANISQATSI, the final episode gently suggests the vast destruction wrought by human technogeographies, using turtle hatchlings disoriented by urban light to momentarily draw us out of our obliviousness to this fact. End of the Attenboroughcene."
30 T2 American Sniper (2014) - Mar 17, 2017
"War is heck, including the standard contemporary update: coming home after war is even hecker. Recommended for aficionados of shooting people. Standard whiny wife (though not as whiny as some). Standard fictional individualised enemy with special powers (honed at the Olympics). Be thankful: at least we were spared the Spielberg version (his "vision" of the film demanded a bigger budget, apparently). From what I understand, Kyle's widow opposes gun restrictions. Hooyah."
50 T5 Cop Land (1997) - Mar 16, 2017
"Mangold pushes a cop film narrative towards a Western gunfight conclusion but in so doing just substitutes one (slightly different) generic mythology for another. Perhaps he was following TAXI DRIVER's recoding of THE SEARCHERS: evidence might be the casting of De Niro and Keitel, the Ethan and Scar substitutes in Scorsese's more complex, critical genre-mixing classic. But here the ambivalence about heroism remains unresolved, resulting in a lack of sureness about how to bring events to a close."
55 T6 The Virgin Psychics (2015) - Mar 11, 2017
"Despite appearances, this is not softcore porn: instead, it is a kind of morality tale, but in the form of a critique of guilt, rather than a reinforcement. In other words, it is an argument for another path than that of either the repressive, traditional morality of sexual shame or the (American) disintegration of desire into shamelessness. When Sion Sono celebrates "perversity", it seems to me that this "third way" is what he is gesturing towards. Of course, the film is also extremely silly."
70 T8 Dreams (1955) - Mar 05, 2017
"In a postwar world caught between tradition and modernity, two women muddle their way through problems of female independence while at the same time experiencing, in opposing ways, the ticking clock of the time of separation. Bergman works here at developing cinematic ways of conveying underlying feelings, and, if this lacks the power and complexity he will display later, he's nevertheless ahead of his contemporaries in being able to reflect on the changes and problems taking place in the 1950s."
85 T10 Love and Peace (2015) - Mar 03, 2017
"At times almost SECONDS for kids. I get the feeling this filmmaker hates contemporary culture for the right reasons. Better to know nothing and just enjoy the singular experience of letting this movie unfold."
65 T7 The Knick (2014) - Mar 02, 2017
"Thematising, among other things, the history of surgery, psychiatry, addiction, public health and eugenics, this is still in large part a high grade soap opera, although it is helped a great deal by some interesting characters, good performances, typically Soderberghian atypical filming choices, and Cliff Martinez. Without even including medical negligence, at least five of the main cast of characters turn out to be murderers."
60 T7 Deepwater Horizon (2016) - Feb 28, 2017
"Hubris and greed and other very bad things. More accurate than not, very tense, convincing special effects and quite well-written: this has to be one of the more effective disaster movies of all time (for what that's worth). That people tend to treat Berg like a hack but Bigelow like an auteur is due partly to perceived ideological objectionability and mostly to crowd psychology (admittedly I haven't seen any of Berg's war-themed movies, unless you count BATTLESHIP, but I've seen Bigelow's)."