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Celluloid Junkie - 4144 Film Ratings

Member Since: Apr 15, 2006

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Age: 48

Gender: Male

Bio: A score between 91 and 100 indicates a masterpiece.
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50 42% Malcolm X (1992) - Mar 24, 2019
"Like most biopics, aims to tell too much story, the price of which is superficiality of treatment. Despite a lot of dumbing down, the filmmakers still try to introduce a bit of complexity, but seem unsure of their view of the figure they are portraying. Crane shots indicate a wish for grandeur, but this director seemingly cannot avoid clunkiness. For my money, a more focused, thoughtful and intimate film on Little's prison transformation could be very interesting, but who's capable of making it?"
85 93% Shoah: The Four Sisters (2017) - Mar 21, 2019
"Lanzmann's documentation of witness testimony comes to a close, succeeding across various works in illuminating many of the dimensions of the Final Solution, though the task ultimately appears infinite. Here, the continuing underlying anguish felt by the four women is palpable, as they portray with stark clarity the horrors and dilemmas they faced and experienced. That three of the four went to Israel and knew immediately that they would spend their remaining life there is a significant aside."
55 51% Hokusai: Old Man Crazy to Paint (2017) - Mar 17, 2019
"Quite good."
60 60% Nazarín (1959) - Mar 13, 2019
"Critique of guilt."
45 33% Cobb (1994) - Mar 12, 2019
"Something does not quite seem right about the screenplay and performances here, and the subsequent criticism of the source biography may be relevant to this. The player's faults seem a little too one-dimensional and often implausible, and the writer's conflicts seem somewhat disingenuous. There are a few good lines but it never quite gels, and leaves the impression that the filmmakers were too willing to take a dubious biography as gospel in order to take advantage of its sensationalism."
75 83% Faraon (1966) - Mar 10, 2019
"With a striking opening shot of two dung beetles ambiguously working with or against each other, this takes Prus' Spencerian concerns with the effects of disharmony (between sovereign and priest) on the social organism – perhaps turning the novel's seeming anti-Semitism into a critique thereof – and creates a rather stunning portrait of ancient civilisation: both the foreignness of its rituals and cults and the Shakespearian familiarity of the problems of power, greed, hubris and corruption."
60 60% Maborosi (1995) - Feb 28, 2019
"Carefully composed static shots, often filmed from a below-Ozu angle, record the grief and paralysing confusion resulting from an unexplained suicide. For most of the running time, the protagonist barely speaks, and the audience is left to construe her feelings from the details of the surrounding scene: when in the final moments she finally gives voice to her anguish, the effect seems unsubtle and underwhelming, and it may have been better to have just allowed the viewer to fill in the blanks."
30 13% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) - Feb 26, 2019
"What level of self-conscious irony was involved in the decision by the filmmakers to have the protagonist declare that "formulas are a complete and utter waste of time"? Beyond that, the handling of Mercury's sexuality is moralistic and inept (to say the least), and the cynical manipulation involved in rewriting history and reordering the events associated with his illness and diagnosis shows contempt for the audience and a callous disregard for the figure supposedly being celebrated. Insulting."
65 69% The Clock (2010) - Feb 26, 2019
"Impressively hypnotic experiment that seems to draw attention to our collective familiarity not just with particular movies and actors but with specific kinds of shots and scenes, and the way we quasi-automatically interpret the cuts between them as sutures holding together a narrative about individuals moving through time, space and events according to rhythms whose ritual foundations are now largely those of cinema itself (in a broad sense: from cave painting to smartphones). Partial viewing."
55 51% The Holy Mountain (1973) - Feb 21, 2019
"Undeniably imaginative and inventive, and more cogent than EL TOPO, but the feeling that it is building an ad hoc cosmos lacking genuineness is not fully redeemed by the feeling that the whole thing is satirical surrealism or the call back to "real life" at the end."