Celluloid Junkie - 2776 Film Ratings
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|8 77%||Casualties of War (1989) - Nov 29, 2020
"I've made no secret in the past of my admiration for De Palma and this film just reaffirms it. Like many of his early films, his approach remains compulsively sentimental, something that would've easily bothered me had the end result not felt wholly cinematic. Top notch direction, performances, and music from the sorely missed Morricone."
|5 22%||Linkeroever (2008) - Nov 22, 2020
"Wants to be two movies at once, one of which is mostly time-wasting filler and the other is a limp excuse for horror with a payoff that makes you wish you had smoked the same crack the writers did. Props to Nicolas Karakatsanis, though, for making an unattractive shithole as Antwerp's left bank look somewhat cinematic."
|9 89%||Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) - Nov 21, 2020
"Contains a great deal of unspoken truths about love, reason and morality which - through Allen's thought-provoking and heartbreaking script - are articulated in a mature, nuanced and surprisingly profound way. It's a film that leaves you both feeling blue and grateful for arriving at a deeper understanding of ourselves and what defines us as human beings. One of Woody's best."
|8 77%||They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) - Nov 15, 2020
"Damn, war is just a terrible thing. And today, some hipster douchebag will berate his waiter because he explicitly ordered no olives on his gluten-free pizza."
|6 35%||Coco (2017) - Nov 14, 2020
"For someone coming from a family of humble shoemakers, that kid has a pretty sweet man cave. Technically the same movie as Ratatouille, but as opposed to that amazing film, it eschews complexity of character and theme for shallow Disney shenanigans. If this movie taught me anything, it’s that I should’ve bought Disney stock 10 years ago."
|8 77%||Lady Snowblood (1973) - Nov 13, 2020
"Focussing solely on the recurring splashes of blood - which IMHO are not nearly as gratuitous as they are in Kill Bill's Crazy 88 sequence - would prevent the film from getting the credit it deserves. This is a story-driven, well performed and competently shot revenge flick that finds an agreeable middle ground between style and substance. Went from liking it to pretty much loving it. "
|6 35%||Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) - Nov 12, 2020
"One of those movies where I can’t help but channel my inner Immortan Joe and just yell “MEDIOCRE!” at the screen. Had high expectations for this but sadly didn't amount to anything more than its premise and thus quickly overstayed its welcome. Would’ve been far more intriguing and suspenseful had the film unfolded its mysteries in a more timely and satisfying way. The ending is cool on a superficial level, but loses impact the more you reflect on it."
|7 56%||Diamonds of the Night (1964) - Nov 07, 2020
"Must've greatly influenced the work of directors such as Bela Tarr in how incredibly elemental it feels: every footstep, every breath, every drop of rain is perfectly pronounced which immerses the viewer from start to finish. But aside from some great sound mixing, the lack of character development keeps the film from being anything more than a formal exercise in experimentation and fragmented storytelling."
|7 56%||Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) - Oct 31, 2020
"Maybe you shouldn't overanalyze a movie in which one of the characters performs a fertility dance. Maria Bakalova was a fantastic addition to the classic but still hilarious formula. Very Niiiice!"
|7 56%||Any Way the Wind Blows (2003) - Oct 25, 2020
"As a whole, it feels entirely inconsequential, but each segment contains enough energy, mood and creative spark to maintain interest throughout, and as 'nen antwerpenaar', I always enjoy watching a movie shot in my hometown. Sometimes, I don't mind watching movies with little to no narrative or character development, as long as they feel fresh, fun and incredibly alive. Also features a great cast and nice jazzy soundtrack to cap it off."