Celluloid Junkie - 2802 Film Ratings
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|7 56%||Another Round (2020) - Jun 11, 2021
"Pretty good, but I'm not sure what to think of characters who indulge in what's the alcoholic equivalent of Super Size Me and are surprised to find their social and professional lives disturbed by it. Maybe I'll start injecting myself with crystal meth everyday and hope my boss and wife are okay with it."
|6 35%||Crawl (2019) - May 23, 2021
"Adopt a gator, don’t shop."
|6 35%||The Fits (2016) - May 09, 2021
"Holmer's vision and direction feel unique and assured, respectively, yet her characters mostly feel like empty vessels meandering through a undercooked story that’s not nearly as interesting as the obscure message she's trying to convey. There's just no enjoyment or excitement to be derived from a world and story I had no interest in dissecting, even at 70 minutes, which in the end felt twice as long."
|5 21%||Binti (2019) - May 08, 2021
"Mostly refrains from addressing the harsh everyday reality that migrants are faced with and instead settles for a bogus fairytale which promotes a dangerous and toxic narrative that sadly has become the backbone of our contemporary society, replacing Descartes' statement "I think, therefore I am" with "I am seen, therefore I exist". As if Olivier Masset-Depasse's Illégal was remade for a naïve and shallow audience."
|8 77%||All About My Mother (1999) - Apr 10, 2021
"Melodramatic but never goes off the rails because it's handled with the utmost care, respect and empathy. Almodóvar’s characters are portrayed with vulnerability and immense sensitivity, each of them dealing with their own grief and personal struggle; A beautiful mess of emotions that makes every scene feel organic and alive. Definitely one I'll remember and revisit soon."
|6 35%||Detroit (2017) - Apr 04, 2021
"Takes forever to get going and doesn't amount to much more than a formal and narrow dramatization of the Algiers Motel incident. The film's main issue is that it gets its point across rather quickly, while devoid of that extra dimension that would've lifted it above mere re-enactment of said event. Watching this today, however, does lend the film greater emotional resonance, considering hardly anything has changed regarding America's deeply troubling history with racism and discrimination."
|7 56%||Graduation (2016) - Apr 03, 2021
"In terms of technique, performances and direction, this is ace. Mungiu must be a huge Spielberg fan; the whole film is basically made up of his famous Oners as every take is continuously re-framed and re-staged within the frame, lending even more tension to what's already a nerve-wracking film. Comparing this to Haneke's Caché, however, would be doing disservice to that film, as it lacks that visceral, punch-to-the-gut feeling that would've truly left me with a lasting impression."
|7 56%||Hostiles (2017) - Mar 29, 2021
"Very interesting take on the western genre. Subverts its genre trappings by addressing a worthy topic that is still very much relevant to today's American identity. Alternates between brutal and subtle, with images that linger in the mind, such as the group on horseback traveling through a rainy forest. Liked this more than I expected."
|6 35%||20th Century Women (2016) - Mar 21, 2021
"Filled with too many despondent characters, each with their own personal trials, to truly invest myself in what already felt like a disjointed and somewhat joyless story from the get go. Unless you consider women talking about their period a good time at the movies, in that case you’ll have a blast. "
|6 35%||A Matter of Life and Death (1946) - Mar 20, 2021
"Much like 'It's a Wonderful Life' which came out the same year, it combines different genres that makes for a tricky balancing act, drifting back and forth between silly naïveté and admirable ambition. Alas, the romance is unconvincing, David Niven is no Jimmy Stewart, and the film just doesn't possess that feel good factor that makes it a joy to watch. Didn't love it, didn't hate it."