Celluloid Junkie - 2522 Rankings
Member Since: Apr 21, 2007
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|8 T8||Baby Driver (2017) - Sep 03, 2017
"If this movie were a pimped out race car, its titular character would be the classic rock radio station blasting from its speakers, while the audience would be its unsuspecting passengers, unwittingly subjected to one hell of a ride. More than just a sublime rush of adrenaline, it is also a visual and vivid reminder of a bygone era when films this eccentric, daring and original were anything but unexpected. If this were to be the last film I ever get to see, I'd say: not bad, not bad at all..."
|1 T1||Fateful Findings (2013) - Aug 16, 2017
"[CAPTAIN'S JOURNAL: STAR DATE... WHO CARES BY THIS POINT?] After suffering major casualties in the battle of Planet 9, we've dispatched a fresh battalion of our most foolhardy soldiers to defeat the enemy once and for all. Unprepared and insufficiently trained for the bloodbath that followed, those lucky enough to have survived returned home with severe injuries and irreparable brain damage. Psychiatric treatment may last months, if not years; Oh well, at least we get some free pot out of it..."
|10 T10||Magnolia (1999) - Jul 29, 2017
"(after repeat viewings) An audacious high wire act, carried out with great gusto and exploiting all the accumulated skills of a consummate artist. Exhibiting maturity and insight well beyond his years, PTA addresses the film's relatable themes with heartfelt sincerity and unassuming modesty, as he drops us into the damaged lives of a seemingly disconnected group of people whose lives become inextricably intertwined. They just don't make them like they used to."
|6 T4||Dunkirk (2017) - Jul 24, 2017
"Ever since TDKR, Nolan's films have left me with this strange, underwhelming feeling, as though his obsession with technicalities and making his complicated productions feel as grounded as possible is starting to seriously impact the thematic and emotional resonance that made his films great in the first place. As much as I wanted to like Dunkirk, the jumbled, mostly hollow narrative and slight character development prevent the film from going down as a truly memorable experience."
|8 T8||War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) - Jul 23, 2017
"I've always enjoyed the PotA movies as a potent metaphor for the issues and inherent tensions that plague our society to this day. With WAR, those conflicts and their outcome are brought to a thrilling, entertaining and thoroughly affecting end. As the future of both races hang in the balance, the stakes have finally been properly raised, and the actors sell every emotion and line of dialogue flawlessly through one of best uses of close-ups I've seen in recent years. A bloody good time, ya know."
|7 T6||Logan (2017) - Jul 22, 2017
"With a strong emphasis on character and mood, Logan is given in his last cinematic outing a proper and resounding send-off. That isn’t to say this is the great film I'd hoped it would be. Some of the acting felt very stilted and unconvincing, the addition of X24 was about as ill-considered as my recent schezwan sauce investment and at 130 minutes, the pace lags considerably as the film devolves into a string of repetitive and underwhelming set-pieces. Lather, slash, repeat."
|6 T4||The Wolverine (2013) - Jun 26, 2017
"Leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor, yet not even a Rhesus monkey could screw up a script by McQuarrie and Frank so that's not saying much. Like a bad wedding reception, the film is also way too long and I could've gone without Japanese Johnny 5 but it does offer some pleasurable jolts, mostly in the form of a sexy red haired Rila Fukushima kicking major butt and Wolverine chopping up Yakuza gangsters left and right. I'm a man of simple tastes, so sue me."
|7 T6||A Few Good Men (1992) - Jun 25, 2017
"Solid and compelling courtroom drama, no matter how you look at it. If you've been watching movies and tv shows since the 90's, you know Sorkin is a wordsmith when it comes to dialogue, using clever banter, deft turns of phrase, and carefully constructed exchanges that make every scene fascinating to watch, or should I say listen to. I'd argue that the emotional beats don't hit as hard as they should, despite the backstory added to some of the characters, but it's still well worth a watch."
|4 T2||X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) - Jun 24, 2017
"A friend of mine agreed to watch The Happening if I would finally sit through this mirthless piece of dreck. Best. Deal. Ever."
|11 T10||Shoah (1985) - Jun 18, 2017
"Smartly eschewing archival images and stock footage in favor of harrowing, unshakeable testimonies, Lanzmann's mammoth documentary celebrates in many ways the power of imagination. No bells and whistles here, just the sober reconstruction of a past memory shared only by a remaining few, yet vividly relived through the power of our collective minds. A document for the ages."