Celluloid Junkie - 3180 Rankings
Member Since: Oct 21, 2010
Bio: "The complete filmgoer is open to the movie on the screen, and asks it to work in its own ways for its own purposes. He does not fault one for not being the other, but is grateful for both if they are successful." - Roger Ebert, Review of "Keane" (2004)
|41 T1||The Caretaker (2016) - Mar 27, 2017
"Incoherent horror cheapie starts with an interesting premise of a family curse, but never gets off the runway; ultimately becomes a lot of build up to nothing with mysterious figures and crashing noises but no satisfying follow through. Performances are adequate, though Blake's overdone 'kooky' grandmother while unsettling at first, soon becomes tiresome."
|70 T3||Ghostbusters (2016) - Mar 26, 2017
"Ultimately uneccessary rebooting of the Ghostbusters franchise brings nothing new to the table, outside of the stunt female casting of the 'busters, but the women's magical chemistry together, capped by a hilarious supporting bit for Hemsworth, makes you wish for a cleverer and more genuinely funny script. Picks up steam as it goes along, and benefits from effects that (largely) resemble the pre-CGI of the original film. Props to scene-stealer McKinnon, whose chemistry with Wiig is electric."
|85 T7||Free State of Jones (2016) - Mar 26, 2017
"Fascinating story of the rebellion within the Confederate army; McConaughey is perfect as the rock solid soldier, Mbatha-Raw and Ali are achingly moving as the head slaves in the revolt. Leisurely paced and informative, without ever becoming dull, it seems destined for 'classic' status -- until excess story threads are dragged in during Act 3 that the film has no time to develop; clumsy flash forward to a largely irrelevant 'Jim Crow' era trial is an irritating distraction."
|83 T6||For the Love of Spock (2016) - Mar 25, 2017
"Heartfelt and touching examination of the evolution of a cultural icon, while tastefully exploring the behind-the-scenes family dynamics; Adam Nimoy deserves a great deal of credit for this even handed, at times painfully honest dissection of his relationship with his father. Some of the 'puff piece' interviews with Saldana, Pegg etc. (holdovers from the docs origins as a promo piece celebrating Spock), occasionally awkwardly clash with the more truthful family moments."
|68 T2||Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) - Mar 24, 2017
"Meandering slice-of-life is fun in fits and starts, but sputtering pacing, and a lack of insight into its (too large) cast of characters, dulls the shine. Might be of greater interest to those who want to relive juvenile exploits, and to its credit its good nature acts as a sharp rebuke to the sometimes nasty undercurrent of misogyny which plagues contemporary (and 1980s) 'bro' comedies. The developing romance between Jenner and Deutch is genuinely sweet, and the highpoint of the movie."
|84 T6||Cell (2016) - Mar 24, 2017
"Enjoyable "zombie" film; more of a plague film really, is elevated by the conviction brought by its fine cast; Cusack is a solid and likable hero, and Jackson provides a welcome return to his earlier droll, hangdog performances. Genuinely scary and thrilling at times, flavoured by King's typically bizarre and surreal sense of humour; particularly love the sick joke of the finale! An unexpected good time to be had here."
|47 T1||The Bronx Bull (2016) - Mar 24, 2017
"Disjointed, haphazard and ultimately incoherent study of Jake LaMotta feels rushed and clumsy - which is a shame, as while it can't compete stylistically with Scorsese's film, its portrait of LaMotta (ably evoked by Forsythe) is far more sympathetically and warmly drawn, without ignoring the more monstrous side of his persona. A well-stocked supporting cast is left to flounder with vaguely defined characters; Wise is a stand-out as an early mentor, but disappears far too quickly."
|60 T2||Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the 4th Reich (2016) - Mar 22, 2017
"Cheerfully silly war movie feels like a throwback to the star WWII vehicles of the 50s and 60s - the difference being that the older films took some time to show a modicum of respect to historical accuracy, and period settings, décor and dialogue. Still very watchable, and seeing Hauer anywhere is always a delight, but the film never rises above middling Friday night television."
|64 T2||The Boss (2016) - Mar 20, 2017
"Amiable enough comedy coasts for much of its runtime on McCarthy's considerable appeal (even while playing an abrasive and potentially unlikable character), as well as her expert physical and verbal timing in successfully executing some admittedly cornball gags. Runs out of steam during the last third, resorting to ridiculously maudlin melodrama; a more hard hearted approach would have been immensely more satisfying. A sad albeit brief waste of Bates in support."
|38 T1||La corrispondenza (2016) - Mar 19, 2017
"Monotonous, irritating drama of juvenile arrested development intrigues for nearly 45 minutes, especially incorporating some interesting metaphysical possibilities in its mystery, until the emotionally sadistic motivation of Irons is revealed, and Kurylenko's sad devotion to his sicko game becomes inexplicable. That it is wrapped in a dreamily romantic façade at least makes it beautiful to look at, and Irons and Kurylenko cannot be faulted, managing some genuine beats among the contrivances."