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Celluloid Junkie - 4103 Film Ratings

Member Since: Apr 15, 2006

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Age: 47

Gender: Male

Bio: A score between 91 and 100 indicates a masterpiece.
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30 13% Faster (2010) - Oct 29, 2018
"Showdown between: (1) a man who marries his girlfriend only to find after the wedding that she suddenly resents his job; (2) a man whose bitter, resentful ex-wife interferes with his work but could be willing to re-enter a co-dependent relationship; and (3) a man who has rejected his girlfriend but finds she is 100% supportive of the new task he has set himself. The last of these men is the protagonist, of course. Orange and teal, as was the fashion during this period, for some unknown reason."
55 51% L'Autre Monde (2010) - Oct 26, 2018
"While it has some narrative clunkiness and a weak ending, and so is probably a bit less than the sum of its parts, nevertheless some of those parts do set up a fairly intriguing exploration of the "other world" of digital artificiality as a powerful vortex of destructive drives. The relationship between online and offline is more interesting than the usual blurring: while the two are portrayed as straightforwardly distinct, the online also encroaches on life in an increasingly contaminating way."
20 2% Halloween (2018) - Oct 25, 2018
"Inept rehash with no tension, no rhythm, no surprises and no point. Poorly written, poorly shot and poorly edited. Avoid."
20 2% The Other Guys (2010) - Oct 19, 2018
"Nary a smile to be had."
55 51% I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017) - Oct 18, 2018
"Wry tale of the struggle to eke out an existence in the nihilistic desert of American (dis-)society, mostly underplayed until the frenzy of violence that seems to have become a kind of necessity or fetish (and so also a cliché) in movies of this type, possibly for marketing reasons. Sticks with textbook narrative formula ("arc", as the professionals say), but the interest and pleasure lie in the minor details, which are pitched a little above the generic level (except for the frenzy bit)."
45 33% Apostle (2018) - Oct 12, 2018
"Aims to tell a tale of madness and hysteria with powerful visual and sound design, but the horror and insanity are in fact undermined by the degree to which the movie revels in gruesome torture and violent action, which mainly just draw attention to the way the filmmakers have concocted the narrative so as to provide the opportunity to stage such scenes, while the performances are too one-dimensional, with a whole lot of angry shouting where there needed to be something wilder and more fervent."
30 13% 22 July (2018) - Oct 10, 2018
"It seems the filmmakers were so concerned about putting a foot wrong that they ended up totally paralysed. Contains no insights and has nothing to say other than telemovie-level clichés about rehab, trauma, family and the like, completely avoiding any step into the darkness. And so, despite or because of its "good intentions", it ends up artistically sterile and politically meaningless. Totally reliant on shaky cam to cover this suffocating and tedious emptiness with a veneer of pseudo-reality."
40 25% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) - Oct 08, 2018
"Faux-realistic, -grim and -political suspense movie that relies greatly on the soundtrack (which, as mentioned about the first film, is highly reminiscent of parts of UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING) to generate a sense of foreboding, without always following through. Slightly less memorable imagery than in the first film, but the writing and direction are about on par. Here, the woman has been ditched, replaced with a kid: presumably the third one will feature a dog or an idiot man-child."
70 76% Paterson (2016) - Oct 07, 2018
"As someone who has previously been allergic to this filmmaker's striving for "coolness", I found this movie to be pleasantly surprising. While it might be accused of a surfeit of whimsy, this is mostly a charming exploration of art as a kind of doubling of existence, of the "there is another world but it is in this one" (Paul Éluard) variety, focused on the small-scale specificities of microcosmic localities (the house, the neighbourhood, etc.) and a perhaps traumatised ex-military protagonist."
40 25% The Wave (2015) - Oct 04, 2018
"By-the-numbers disaster movie with above average scenery."