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Celluloid Junkie - 4764 Film Ratings

Member Since: Apr 16, 2006

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Age: 50

Bio: A score between 91 and 100 indicates a masterpiece.
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more Recent Ratings
60 61% Norm Macdonald: Hitler's Dog, Gossip & Trickery (2017) - Sep 15, 2021
"Some hilarious parts."
74 83% Korol Lir (1971) - Sep 14, 2021
"A father/king facing mortality mistakenly tries to engineer a future in which his daughters will provide him with the care he needs to negotiate his decline. His cosmos is further disrupted by the actions of a man whose illegitimate birth seems to have left him with a feeling of being unconstrained by any obligation. Kozintsev again liberates Shakespeare from the confines of the theatre, using a sweeping sense of the expanses of time and space to anchor the tragedy in a more immense locality."
50 41% Bajo La Piel Del Lobo (2017) - Sep 11, 2021
"A parable about survival in a harsh world aiming to raise moral questions in an open-ended way and using dialogue very sparingly, but the situation just seems a little too thin."
50 41% Into The Night (2020) - Sep 09, 2021
"Silly and with variable dialogue and characterisation but the brisk pace helps to conceal the flaws."
55 51% Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror (2021) - Sep 06, 2021
"After an inauspicious opening in which a CIA agent tries to pin the blame for everything on the USSR, this settles into a more or less adequate retelling of the story of 9/11 and the Afghanistan war, but it contains little new information and still has a mythologising tendency. While money wasted on "reconstruction" receives some air time, the real significance of transferring $300 million per day as a motive for keeping the war going for twenty years is never discussed. OK for kids."
50 41% The Cuba Libre Story (2016) - Sep 04, 2021
"In the early episodes, it seems that there is a virtuous willingness to show disagreement between historians, but as it progresses into the Castro era, there is an increasing domination of the voices of CIA, DIA and DEA agents and Cuban exiles, and the perspective becomes increasingly narrow and one-sided, which is a shame, even though there are interesting insights throughout."
35 18% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) - Aug 25, 2021
"A father bestows a juvenile body upon his reborn daughter, then she insists on a more mature one, but her ability to fully assert herself in the world of power does not come until she steals an impressive sword from a hubristic man who had himself stolen it from a godlike being. Her quasi-mother has no sword of her own, and instead sluttishly (in black suspenders) aligns herself with a black man, only to learn that she has mistakenly cast her lot with a glorified slave. Not too bad for kids."
65 69% Iphigenia (1977) - Aug 24, 2021
"Looks a bit too 1970s (e.g., Achilles' hair), there's too much hysterical shouting where a calmer version of fury, outrage, grief and so on would have been more effective, and there's something lost by removing the chorus, specifically the tie between the psychic and collective planes. Nevertheless, offers a strong presentation of the clash of tendencies in Greek society, intensified when war gets mixed up with sexuality, filmed in Aulis, and 12-year old Papamoschou makes a beautiful Iphigenia."
35 18% Beskonechnost (1992) - Aug 23, 2021
"Seems to want to present an existential reflection on the tragic character of human and societal mortality, and to want to do so by taking hints from the director's past work in order to create a kind of original cinematic tapestry, but, despite the ambition, the attempt at profundity falls awfully flat, and it's also quite strange to borrow one of Tarkovsky's best known musical selections and repeat it at least a dozen times throughout the movie. Thanks to James for providing the file though."
30 12% Black Island (2021) - Aug 23, 2021
"Low-grade forgettable trash."