Celluloid Junkie - 2690 Film Ratings
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|7 56%||Harry Gruyaert - Photographer (2018) - Nov 11, 2019
"As a photographer, Gruyaert takes a keener interest in mood, colour and framing rather than the story behind his subject. By keeping his subjects at arm's length, his work comes across as characterless, withdrawn and superficial, at least when compared to his more intimate, early B&W work. Can't say I responded positively to the person himself either - a somewhat conceited individual who thinks mostly of himself - but it was interesting discovering his work and the work process behind it."
|5 22%||Joker (2019) - Nov 04, 2019
"(2nd viewing) Bearing in mind the film's turn of events this time around, my initial admiration for it has now shifted into unshakable, utter unease. Phoenix's great performance notwithstanding, his character now came across as a narcissistic, delusional freak rather than this tragic "victim of society" whom the makers desperately, if not wrongfully attempt to humanize. I totally understand why anyone would hate this film, because it's honestly f'd up."
|7 56%||Jaws (1975) - Oct 31, 2019
"(2nd viewing) Years since I've last seen this and I've honestly forgotten how good this was, both as a masterclass in tension and as entertaining B-movie fare. The deftness in the way Spielberg blocks a scene is truly admirable, and I highly recommend watching 'The Spielberg Oner' essay on youtube. The film later descends into silly, somewhat meandering action territory, but all in all, a pretty sweet classic."
|6 35%||The Mustang (2019) - Oct 23, 2019
"There's an interesting relationship at play here, between two untamed souls, and the often challenging path one has to undertake in order to gain someone's trust. As a portrait, however, it doesn't dig deep enough into the psychology behind the character’s violent temper and it’s generally let down by some frustratingly bad editing that doesn't allow the film to coalesce into a satisfying whole. Schoenaerts is fine, but doesn't exactly break new ground."
|8 76%||Monos (2019) - Oct 19, 2019
"Absolutely breathtaking stuff from Landes, who persistently favors a show-don't-tell approach that feels incredibly cinematic. Driven by some gorgeously surreal visuals and Mica Levi unnerving score, much of this multi-layered gem luckily remains open to interpretation, as it paints both a hopeless and hopeful picture of human nature driven to its most primal extremes."
|6 35%||The Souvenir (2019) - Oct 19, 2019
"The story of a naive, untalented film school student who boosts her self-esteem by hooking up with a freeloading, self-seeking junkie who likes to wear a trench coat for breakfast. At least it makes a great point about film school being a total waste of time."
|5 22%||Bait (2019) - Oct 15, 2019
"The cinematic equivalent of pouring hot chocolate glaze all over your bland cake so as to cover up your complete lack of cooking skills. At least it’s a great example of how style - in this case, a grainy 16mm look and some impressionistic montages - won’t save your film if the story, characters and direction leave much to be desired."
|8 76%||Hard Eight (1996) - Oct 09, 2019
"PTA lite, but still ten times better than most movies out there. Some of his finest character work is on display here and say what you want about Robert Elswit being a cynical weirdo, the guy is an amazing DP who at least knows his shit and how to film a proper close-up, something thats sadly missing from movies these days. PSH also kills it in the one scene he's in."
|5 22%||Swiss Army Man (2016) - Oct 09, 2019
"The result of watching Michel Gondry movies and thinking they could've used more fart jokes. Could’ve been great had the movie not eventually negated the very point it was trying to make."
|9 89%||Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) - Oct 07, 2019
"Much like its main characters, the movie does anything but wear its heart on its sleeve, instead operating on a push/pull dynamic before eventually unburdening itself of its long-suppressed feelings. Considering the ephemeral nature of its central romance, it also makes a poignant statement on the retention of memory through visual association and the unremitting woe of a once-shared past. Rewards your patience, if you choose to stick with it."