Celluloid Junkie - 3801 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
|60 T7||Karin's Face (1984) - Jun 20, 2017
"We have to a great extent become inured to the extreme uncanniness of being able to see across a gap of decades what someone looked like, simply by flipping from one photo to another, something that was impossible prior to the invention of photography. But that sense of the uncanny is most often retrieved when the images involved are also of dead loved ones: Bergman's photographic ode to his mother might in that be thought to have spawned an entire genre of funeral "slideshows". "
|80 T9||The Best Intentions (1992) - Jun 20, 2017
"A very good screenplay, competently filmed, about complex characters moved by personal and sociohistorical forces they struggle to control. Between Anna's tender bourgeois girl and Henrik's tormented priest, we can see the formative elements of Bergman's own personality, to which is added Henrik's bitter class-resentment, portrayed essentially as a man fundamentally incapable of making a good decision: whose side Bergman was on is not much of a mystery. Far superior to most period dramas."
|75 T9||Good Morning (1959) - Jun 18, 2017
"On the eve of the 1960s, the pre-TV generation continue the idle chatter and minor melodramas of suburban community life, while the younger generation begins the first modern protest movement: demanding to be provided with the consumer item par excellence, oblivious to the consequences this will wreak over the next half century. On the other hand, my need for an LG OLED65W7T is powerful and legitimate, and if one isn't installed in my "entertainment room" soon, there's gonna be big trouble, OK?"
|60 T7||Az én XX. századom (1989) - Jun 15, 2017
"Exploration of the character of a century in which electricity and communication technologies transformed life amidst political and sexual upheaval, but the digressions prove more successful and affecting than the main narrative, such as there is one. The spirit-filled cosmos created by the filmmaker certainly possesses charm and oozes cinematic style, even if it may not quite cohere. My choice of a subject through whom to voyage through the 20th century would indubitably be Sergei Pankejeff."
|30 T2||Silence (2016) - Jun 13, 2017
"This, much more than THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, is the SAW of Christian movies. A succession of scenes of torture and suffering is not a recipe for thoughtful questioning (which is why Gibson's film is better: he at least knows he is making a horror movie): it's just hysteria. As a result, the ethics of this film seem far more dubious than those of THE WOLF OF WALL STREET. Nor did the imagery convince: all too Hollywood and often surprisingly artless. I'll stick with SIMON OF THE DESERT."
|65 T7||The Marquise of O (1976) - Jun 12, 2017
"Using only the novella as a script (with a couple of changes) becomes a way for Rohmer to highlight the hypocrisy and absurdity of social codes, and indeed the brutal realities involved in protecting social status, while at the same time alluding to the mystery of desire in the final moments. But, despite the numerous compositional references to Romantic painting, there remains a feeling that the filmmaker was also somewhat hemmed in by the text. Syberberg's monologue version also stars Clever."
|55 T6||Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (2000) - Jun 11, 2017
"Depressing tale of prejudice and injustice, Alabama-style, straightforwardly told."
|80 T9||Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (1987) - Jun 11, 2017
"Four scenes in the evolution of a friendship, in each of which we see character differences leading to a potential for conflict that in more conventional films would become the narrative focus, but here are just opportunities to take the next step in forging a lasting bond. Rohmer's moral philosophy may sometimes be considered minor or insular, avoiding larger questions addressed by more "political" directors, but his aim is different: to involve us in a process by which we first begin to think."
|25 T1||Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) - Jun 10, 2017
"Weak script, stilted dialogue, intrusive but unmemorable musical score, and garish computer imagery. One might imagine that anyone insisting on producing a sequel to THE WIZARD OF OZ would place charm fairly high on their list of priorities. Not so here. Gave up halfway through."
|50 T5||Airbnb: Dream or Nightmare? (2016) - Jun 10, 2017
"A general survey of the effects of Airbnb's uberisation of the short-term rental market, from dissatisfied "hosts" and guests to the larger scale consequences for urban life of Airbnb's rapid rise and increasing commercialisation (including by large property management companies and so on). More interesting than I was expecting, and, while not every aspect was explored in enough detail to be thoroughly convincing, it became clear that Airbnb is indeed contributing its own form of disruption."