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Celluloid Junkie - 3943 Film Ratings

Member Since: Jan 15, 2012

Location: Belmont, CA, USA

Bio: Video game programmer 35 years experience.

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40 32% Five Shaolin Masters (1974) - May 30, 2023
"You have to be a pretty die hard kung fu fan to enjoy this movie. The music was worse than usual. The dialog was often asinine. And the sentiments were painted with a ridiculous brush. The overarching story was just a thin veil that added little to the story. The 5 fighters spending just 1 year studying alone to improve their skills over their much better trained adversaries was the biggest farce of all. Also the typical sound effects got quite annoying by the end. Not the worst but not great."
45 40% Vox Lux (2018) - May 29, 2023
"Despite the fact that Natalie Portman and Jude Law are two of my favorite actors, this movie just doesn't measure up. The performances were very good, but the movie is not particularly rewarding. They also did not manage her age changes very well and introduced a daughter that confusingly looks like her as a teen. It's surprising to see these two power house performers in something so weak. While it's not terrible, it just doesn't satisfy."
75 77% The Covenant (2023) - May 29, 2023
"A good war movie about determination and honor. I was hoping this was a true story, but I'm sure that all of the pieces of this likely played out in Afghanistan during the war. The battles were quite brutal. Excellent quality production. Good pacing. Dar Salim and Jake Gyllenhaal were great. Engaging story that you get invested in. Highly worth watching, but not for the little ones."
40 32% Black Box (2020) - May 28, 2023
"Much of the writing was weak. It's big twist was not bad, but it lacked the impact it might have had. The overly simplistic way they explained the technology was also quite ridiculous, and they should have done a better job of setting up the science to be a least a bit more believable. The drama was not altogether bad however. It was moderately entertaining, but nothing was particularly memorable.about it. It passes the day, and overall it was simply not that hot."
75 77% Sisu (2022) - May 27, 2023
"I honestly haven't enjoyed a war/action/revenge movie this much in quite a long time. This is flawed for sure, but so very satisfying. I had several huge outburst of laughter and cheer near the end. It's a slow burn that's worth every minute. I recommend this one as it has tons of atmosphere, character and many unprecedented events."
40 32% Black Lotus (2023) - May 26, 2023
"I wanted to like this more than I did. The premise was reasonable, but some of it was poorly written. Matteo made a good hero for saving the very cute little girl. The pace was good. Much of the plot and action was far from convincing. Frank Grillo makes a good bad guy. Casting in general was good. Music was just OK. Film quality was good. Overall it was not that bad, but not that great either."
50 49% 65 (2023) - May 25, 2023
"This is a satisfying Sci-Fi crash landing on an "alien" planet survival movie. Adam Driver did not disappoint. The 16 yr. old Ariana Greenblatt did a good job too. The story is exciting. The CGI is very good. Excellent music and soundtrack. The plot was a bit convenient at times. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, and the pacing is good overall. This is not one I will watch again, but it was worth while and entertaining."
65 62% John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023) - May 23, 2023
"Lots of extra points for style. The story is at times idiotic. Most of the acting is stuck i8n the mud. The ludicrous plot was barely tolerable. Far too many people got killed, and John sustained far too many injuries to have ever completed his task. Music was good. Film quality is top notch. They just threw too much at you to the point of turning it into a John Wick Mockery. Worth watching, but entirely forgettable."
70 70% The Woman King (2022) - May 19, 2023
"I quite enjoyed this movie. It has lots of good characters that you become invested in. Viola Davis was great in her role. The subject was also quite interesting. Performances all around were also quite good. Some of the fighting was very exciting, with many surprise moves. The women were smaller than the men, but they were quite fierce. PG-13 due to severed heads, violence and minor amounts of blood. Worth watching, and I might even watch it again."
40 32% Down Periscope (1996) - May 17, 2023
"Many extra points for the satisfying silly factor, also I had forgotten just how hot Lauren Holly was in 1996. The movie is improbable, unlikely and really quite silly. But I was able to enjoy it nevertheless. It has a good cast. It's not particularly good, interesting or clever but entertaining enough to pass the time."