Celluloid Junkie - 2867 Film Ratings
Member Since: Apr 21, 2007
Bio: I call the big one Bitey
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|7 57%||Spider-Man (2002) - Jan 23, 2022
"(after repeat viewings) It threads a very thin line between serious and just plain silly, yet always keeps things neatly balanced and consistently enjoyable. The pacing is off the charts, J.K. Simmons steals every scene he's in and Kirsten Dunst's cleavage made me transition into a man faster than my bar mitzvah."
|6 35%||Memoria (2021) - Jan 23, 2022
"As much as I liked Joe's previous 2 films, not only does Memoria retread the same territory, I felt it didn't lend itself to meaningful scrutiny, let alone a cathartic resolution. The sound editing also becomes gimmicky after a while rather than coherently integrated within the story and the ending is about as jarring and contrived as a Deus Ex-Machina gets. Eventually, I will also stop tolerating filmmakers who lazily set up static shots on a tripod and call themselves filmmakers..."
|8 77%||Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) - Jan 09, 2022
"(2nd viewing) Even though I wasn't a huge fan the 1st time I saw it, it always stuck with me for some reason. The way story and characters work in great unison - a fading star navigating the ever changing landscape of Tinseltown - is something I grew to love this time around. From a filmmaking standpoint, it looks and feels top notch, and Brad Pitt is just a total boss in his role."
|6 35%||The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021) - Jan 07, 2022
"I’m broke AF and just spent 12 bucks on a video-taped high school play. Replace Joel Coen with Mel Brooks and this could’ve been a great parody. (Walkout count: 2, out of barely 10 people…)"
|7 57%||Licorice Pizza (2021) - Jan 04, 2022
"Technically, the film does very little wrong. From the get go, I felt like I was in good hands, and was immediately struck by how natural both Haim and Hoffman were in their first ever roles. Too many liberties are taken with the script, however, as random characters are introduced in amusing yet contrived fashion, making somewhat of a dent in the main story. Still a nice film despite dragging unnecessarily."
|5 21%||Ready Player One (2018) - Jan 01, 2022
"Good God [FREEZE FRAME ON THE TROUBLED LOOK ON MY FACE AS I PONDER HUMANITY'S FUTURE], we are SO fucked.."
|9 89%||The Card Counter (2021) - Dec 30, 2021
"A film that is both story and character driven is a rare treat these days. TCC is fueled by a minimal story, one that opposes the weight of past decisions with the vainness of present actions; Conceptually simple, yet fascinating and challenging in its moral complexity. It's a minimal piece of work, well performed and effectively shot, with editing and lens choices that would make any arthouse director jealous. Hats off to Schrader for calling his own film the best one of the year, which it is."
|4 14%||Come and See (1985) - Dec 29, 2021
"Easily one of the biggest letdowns ever, not just as a war film, but as a film altogether. Klimov's well-intended but incredibly shallow approach lends the film its haphazard and chaotic style, making every action and encounter come across as random and frankly meaningless. It constantly aims for shock value without the emotional/character resonance to back it up. What remains is a 140-minutes slog of a film that's honestly not as memorable, let alone shocking, as its reputation might suggest."
|5 21%||Thelma (2017) - Dec 25, 2021
"Tries to be a bit of everything - either romantic, religious, supernatural, even medical at some point - while it obviously alludes to something familial and disentangling oneself from the shackles of parental intrusion. I like Joachim Trier as a filmmaker for tackling different genres, but the focus here was completely all over the place."
|7 57%||Don't Look Up (2021) - Dec 24, 2021
"It feels incredibly messy and uneven at one point, even dropping its satirical mask for a seemingly more toned down approach at the drop of a hat. And while the jabs it takes at contemporary politics are anything but subtle, they also feel incredibly pressing amid these increasingly uncertain times, offering a welcome diversion that combines humor, current issues and a dash of sensitivity in rather memorable fashion, capped with perhaps the funniest setup and payoff to a joke in recent memory."