Celluloid Junkie - 3910 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
|30 T2||Personal Shopper (2016) - Jan 14, 2018
"Regardless of whatever it was that the filmmaker was trying to sell, I found that I could not buy into this at all."
|30 T2||The Hunger (1983) - Jan 13, 2018
"This is based on a novel by a con artist who, like the filmmaker, began his career in advertising before turning to equally commercial forms of "art". It argues that the perverse and the addicted may escape the ordinary forms of denial that normally afflict our mortal existence, but that the price paid for greater insight is perpetual dwelling within a shadow world between life and death. Despite its sexy theme, however, THE HUNGER suffers from the fact that it is, in all aspects, pure kitsch."
|80 T9||Twin Peaks (2017) - Jan 12, 2018
"Herculean effort by Lynch to create what in some ways is a summation of his entire oeuvre. In 1990 something dark lay beneath the surface of Americana; in 2017 that darkness has spread and is far more out in the open. Many many excellent moments and aspects, and conjoins disparate elements in a remarkable way, Lynch showing (as he did in 1990) how much more is possible for TV than has ever been attempted. A second viewing could lead to a higher score. Demands to be seen on high-grade equipment."
|70 T8||The War Game (1965) - Jan 08, 2018
"This would indeed have been shocking for many people in 1965, as it still really is today, that is, 53 years later. It is remarkable that many people seem to feel that the threat depicted here no longer exists: I believe the correct psychological term for this is denial."
|75 T9||Culloden (1964) - Jan 08, 2018
"Historical research, dramatic reconstruction, non-professional actors and anachronistic use of documentary and televisual means are combined in a style that is here born almost fully formed. Paradoxically, this is both decades ahead of its time and a relic of a positive direction television might have taken but never did. Also shows that already by 1964, concern about American action in Vietnam was influencing political and aesthetic thinking, at least in Britain if not in the United States."
|55 T6||The Forgotten Faces (1961) - Jan 07, 2018
"Here Watkins is beginning to have a stronger sense of the mix of theatrical and pseudo-documentary elements, and the result is quite a bit more effective than his earlier short on World War One."
|50 T5||The Diary of an Unknown Soldier (1959) - Jan 07, 2018
"Still rather primitive technique here, no doubt with very meagre means, and an emotional rather than dispassionate voiceover. Perhaps, for this viewer, a little too reminiscent of the way we studied the First World War poems of Wilfrid Owens and others in high school (which is not a criticism of the poems themselves)."
|50 T5||Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces (2014) - Jan 05, 2018
"Just a set of outtakes, so not in any way a "movie". As is usually the case, most of the cut material is better off being cut, especially since FIRE WALK WITH ME was really a horror movie about the last days of Laura Palmer, but there are some powerful scenes here, and some moments that clarify where and how certain events in the film took place (such as where the Pink Room is). Certainly not essential."
|60 T7||Où gît votre sourire enfoui? (2001) - Jan 02, 2018
"Costa seems to invite certain conclusions regarding the working relationship between the duo, but those conclusions can only be provisional, because we do not witness here the actual filming process, or the way in which the films are conceived. Nevertheless, an interesting document, as far as it goes. In addition, Straub espouses here, and as the basis of his art, a kind of Hölderlinian communism as the only possibility of saving both the children of the earth and the earth itself."
|80 T9||Antigone (1992) - Jan 02, 2018
"Despite the setting (which is one of its virtues), this leans more towards Brecht than Hölderlin, perhaps, and so tends to lose sight of the tragedy's deeper mysteries. It should be accompanied, and probably preceded, by readings of Heidegger's An Introduction to Metaphysics and Hölderlin's Hymn "The Ister", and Stiegler's Uncontrollable Societies of Disaffected Individuals, ch. 2, among others."