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Celluloid Junkie - 4437 Film Ratings

Member Since: Apr 16, 2006

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Age: 49

Gender: Male

Bio: A score between 91 and 100 indicates a masterpiece.
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60 60% Critique de la séparation (1961) - Sep 28, 2020
"More worked out and more competently put together, but for some reason less compelling than Debord's previous film. Perhaps it is that as it starts to look more like a "real film", the more difficult it is to argue for the destruction of film, even if what Debord means by this is complicated (something like: the end of what he calls the "passive" arts in favour of something more genuinely collective, political and "active"). Nevertheless, there is real material for digestion here."
70 75% Sur le passage de quelques personnes à travers une assez courte unité de temps (1959) - Sep 28, 2020
""What makes most documentaries so easy to understand is the arbitrary limitation of their subject matter. The confine themselves to depicting fragmented social functions and their isolated products. In contrast, imagine the full complexity of a moment that is not resolved into a work, a moment whose development contains interrelated facts and values and whose meaning is not yet apparent. The subject matter of a documentary could be this kind of confused totality." A real politics of cinema here?"
50 41% Hurlements en faveur de Sade (1952) - Sep 28, 2020
"The beginnings of something, but only the beginnings. On the other hand, 1952 is pretty early. A score is obviously meaningless."
60 60% The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (2012) - Sep 26, 2020
"In the previous film, the examples Žižek analysed seemed to be favourites: here, it is the structure of the argument that dominates over the selection of movies, and so the interpretations don't seem to be quite so rich. Nevertheless, the Slovenian has many things to say worth hearing, though his concluding attempt at revolutionary politics consists of a quite perfunctory invocation of will and redemption: if Occupy Wall Street is the illustration showing that the future's up to us, well..."
80 90% The Magic Flute (1975) - Sep 24, 2020
"Men's work aims at the infinite but is threatened by feminine desperation for possession, especially maternal resentment of the father-daughter bond. But glory is also undermined by masculine lust, embodied in the strange power of the repellent yet beguiling black man. Only a true enchantment of male and female virtue via a special instrument can transcend these thirsts for possessive or lustful power and ascend the heights. Bergman's staging emphasises that all this is a cosm(et)ic adornment."
35 18% 6 Underground (2019) - Sep 23, 2020
"Bloodthirsty fantasy comedy that opens with a bang, but, after a fast-paced and action-packed first half hour, too many of the jokes fall flat and consequently the story – which concerns the virtues of removing a brutal dictator and installing his conveniently "democracy-loving" brother in his place, leading to joy and celebration throughout the fictional-but-real-sounding country, and to the satisfaction of a job well done for our plucky heroes – wears thin. Probably Bay's third-best movie."
74 82% Christmas in July (1940) - Sep 22, 2020
"A rather sweet tale about dreams of escaping poverty: one has the feeling that the filmmaker knows very well how he is playing with the emotions of the audience, but there are so many good lines that it is impossible not to enjoy the ride."
40 25% Jusqu'au déclin (2020) - Sep 21, 2020
"Executed competently enough, but not much to it, really."
72 79% Fast-Walking (1982) - Sep 21, 2020
"A really quite unusual and enjoyable prison tale, with an all-round good cast, entertaining dialogue and memorable monologues, and a pretty good score by Lalo Schifrin. There's a lot of pleasure to be had, with numerous surprising scenes and characters, and it's a real shame that this isn't better known. The Warner Archive Collection DVD is as bare-bones as they come. Considered along with COP, it seems that James B. Harris was working towards something rather worthwhile and out of the ordinary."
50 41% Challenger: The Final Flight (2020) - Sep 19, 2020
"Standard-format documentary series about NASA's propensity for rolling the dice. Offers no revelations but the Feynman story in the fourth episode is enjoyable."