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djross

Celluloid Junkie - 3811 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
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DJRoss70
Research: https://yachaytech.academia.edu/DanRoss

more Recent Rankings
20 T1 Skippy (1968) - Jul 06, 2017
"The pinnacle of Australian drama: the eternal struggle between man and nature in the wilds of terra nullius."
75 T9 Streetwise (1984) - Jul 06, 2017
"Depiction of the hopeless lives of children victimised by social, familial and political neglect. Given the limited number of participants, it is rather shocking that, apart from those that died from other causes such as suicide and AIDS, at least three of those shown here were later murdered (Lulu stabbed in 1985, Roberta strangled by Gary Ridgway in 1987, Patrice shot by a dealer in 2017): aside from all the economic and other disparities, there is also a vast inequality of violence."
50 T5 Fényes szelek (1969) - Jul 05, 2017
"Long roving takes serve a kind of quasi-theatrical experiment that seems to be exploring the potentials and the risks associated with the 1960s youth movements from the perspective of direct experience of previous movements. The abstracted form of the political laboratory constructed here does not really succeed in transcending the milieu and time from which it derives, even if it does harbour critical intentions concerning the difficulties of avoiding tendencies towards dogmatism and terrorism."
25 T1 Botched (2014) - Jul 03, 2017
"As voyeuristic sensationalism with a cautionary veneer, this systematically avoids asking any of the questions it so implicitly raises about consumerist biotechnology. One feels as if peering into a truly insane world whose existence can barely be believed."
60 T7 A Different Brain (2016) - Jul 03, 2017
"Does not examine the neurological details of brain injury, but does succeed in conveying the tragic dilemmas such cases can involve. In this case, Theroux's hour-long trip does not seem quite long enough to really present the complexities of these realities and dilemmas, which obviously vary extremely widely from individual to individual. With the luxury of a Frederick Wiseman-type running time, this could have been more fascinating, although also, no doubt, something very difficult to watch."
70 T8 Babe: Pig in the City (1998) - Jul 03, 2017
"Very inventive and imaginative children's movie that is also pretty funny. Would be a great double feature with LOVE & PEACE (and one cannot help but wonder if this was part of Sion Sono's inspiration). Have not seen the first film, but, based on this and MAD MAX 2, perhaps there's evidence that Miller gets it more right second time around."
75 T9 Blood (1989) - Jul 01, 2017
"This is what so-called "neo-noir" could have been: a condensed, semi-expressionistic journey into tragic worlds usually hidden from view. Leaving aside the obvious cinematic virtues (which are, indeed, remarkable for such a small, debut film from 1989), this is also much more successful than most at conveying a believable understanding of the motives and decisions of characters who act against what, for those not dwelling in such worlds, inevitably seems their own self-interest."
65 T7 Father and Son (2003) - Jun 29, 2017
"STONE is an odd chat between two guys. MOTHER AND SON is about a dying mother so abstracted as to be little more than a maternal symbol. In this, she has already been killed off so as to create a domestic zone composed of muscular male bodies and idealised masculine and paternal relationships. Is Sokurov completely uninterested in women? If so, it seems like an artistic limitation. Nevertheless, this possesses some virtues, for those willing to buy into its concerns. Maybe it's a Russia thing."
45 T4 A Cure for Wellness (2017) - Jun 27, 2017
"Has a strong whiff of writing cheques it can't cash, but with a slim chance it contains a genuine puzzle beyond the ostensible narrative it so overtly telegraphs. If so, my money's on the key moment being the ironic contrast between the voiceover about humans being the only species capable of self-reflection and the image of a goldfish seemingly observing its reflection, Narcissus-style, unto death: perhaps centuries-old eels become omnipotent geniuses. Seems clearly written for Leo Di Caprio. [Read Full Review]"
60 T7 Ikiru (1952) - Jun 26, 2017
"What it shows about the state of Japanese culture and society so soon after the end of the war is interesting to observe, and some of the themes with which it is concerned had perhaps not been addressed cinematically prior to this. Nevertheless, although the film is certainly not without subtleties, these tend to be drowned out by the unsubtleties, so to speak."