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Criticker Zealot - 5048 Film Ratings

Member Since: Apr 16, 2006

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Age: 52

Bio: Films receiving a score between 91 and 100 are considered to be a masterpiece.
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See also: https://www.academia.edu/94550175/Moving_Images_A_Personal_Record_2023_Edition_

more Recent Ratings

30 13% Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) - Feb 07, 2023
"In encountering unexpected difficulties, a traumatised man regains his sense of purpose. Watching this straight after DOMINION, it is interesting to see the way that more or less the same screenplay can lead to such varied interpretations: here, the themes have been diluted to the point of inanity, but it does also seem to contain a lot more visual ideas than Schrader’s attempt. Still, it’s all a bit of a mishmash, suffering from the fact that “exorcisms” are not very cinematically compelling."
35 19% Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005) - Feb 06, 2023
"Attempts to face up to the worst crimes of the modern world (Nazism, colonialism), and thereby to mount a defence of the metaphysics of guilt. Unsurprisingly, the means prove inadequate to the ends. Schrader says he removed some dialogue from son-of-a-murderer Carr’s script because it was “what you hear in a college dorm after about midnight and two beers and a joint”: a believable statement, but hard to say for sure if going all out in that direction would have hurt or helped the final result."
25 7% The Black Phone (2022) - Feb 05, 2023
"A boy learns that, if he wants to grow up, he needs to find the will to engage in violent fisticuffs…and ultimately, to kill. His reward is the feeling of self-confidence he receives from telling a female classmate to call him by a more adult-sounding form of his name. Concerning the milieu, characters, dialogue and story: none are convincing. There is no moment at which the tedium lifts."
45 34% Utazás az alföldön (1995) - Feb 04, 2023
"Undoubtedly has more meaning for Hungarian audiences familiar with the significance of the poetry of Sándor Petőfi. Without that knowledge, viewers are left struggling to identify much that is really worthy of interest."
80 91% Twilight (1990) - Feb 04, 2023
"With music that gives a constantly tragic and ominous feeling (and a bit reminiscent of some used by Herzog), and long, slow takes in b&w that obviously remind one of Tarr (but the latter’s most recent film at that time was the vastly inferior DAMNATION), Fehér very effectively draws the viewer into a kind of forensic nightmare world. There is indeed something remarkable about the fact that this dates from the same year as TWIN PEAKS. Saw a poor version that seemed recorded from television."
45 34% Make the Last Wish (2009) - Feb 03, 2023
"One of Sion Sono’s lesser-known explorations of the suffering of contemporary youth (one suspects a rights issue prevented release), this is quite interesting and effective for a while, but it spends too much time with the kinds of interview snippets that pepper reality-TV programs of the sort featured here, and after a while the ideas seem to run out. Hikari Mitsushima looks very pretty with her hair up and off her face. Now I just need to find out who this Avril Lavigne person is."
65 70% Moy drug Ivan Lapshin (1985) - Feb 02, 2023
"Impressionistic portrayal of a world where no one yet realises that their only half-conscious struggles to maintain the threads of their humanity are about to be plunged into a far darker nightmare. As will be the case from this point onwards in German’s work, events and motives never fully congeal, but everything is in constant motion, giving the viewer the sense of an incoherent universe where no one recognises the fractures that are constantly dislocating them both psychically and socially."
60 62% Pacifiction (2022) - Feb 02, 2023
"Serra seems here to accept the virtues of character, dialogue and plot, introducing many intriguing elements, and wrapping them in a glossy tourist-brochure-type package. It gradually dawns on the viewer, however, that it's all just going to peter out: no doubt this is his “point”, but then one still has to sit through a final hour having already “gotten it”, knowing that the threads will not be woven into a conclusion, let alone a climax. Almost an homage to ONLY GOD FORGIVES, but watered down."
45 34% In the Earth (2021) - Jan 31, 2023
"Isolation and lockdown make everyone go crazy, unsure whether to interpret the violence coming from “nature” as a hostile enemy, a cry for help, or an arbitrary chaotic element. Often effective, but the quasi-subliminal hyper-edited sequences (that seem intended as this nature’s communication, or the hallucination of it) don’t really work, and the final moment is underwhelming. As a quickly-made attempt to open a reflection on the early days of the pandemic experience, it’s just about passable."
45 34% The Funhouse (1981) - Jan 22, 2023
"The opening overtly refers to PSYCHO, but most key elements in the first half hour are in fact borrowed from HALLOWEEN, until it shows itself to be struck in the mould of TEXAS, being about a bizarre, outcast family who nonetheless have a greater sense of communal connection than the suburban youths who encounter them. The carnies are very well cast and the film has some atmosphere, but, despite his efforts to once again build to a crescendo of derangement, Hooper just can’t recreate the magic."