Celluloid Junkie - 4973 Film Ratings
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)
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|31 2%||House of the Dead (2003) - Sep 28, 2020
"It is hard to truly despise this as much like an Ed Wood film, Boll does seem committed to putting on a good show, having dutifully taken notes from TEXAS CHAINSAW and JAWS amongst others, and presenting a reasonably likable cast/characters. Technical deficiencies here are pretty glaring and obvious, but not any better or worse than a Michael Madsen/Eric Roberts vehicle from recent years. To damn with faint praise, not as bad as its reputation and salvaged somewhat by good spirits."
|85 68%||George Carlin: Jammin' in New York (1992) - Sep 28, 2020
"Exceptional set by Carlin shows him in peak, blistering form (except a few tripped words towards the end), building a terrific, fiery rhythm and scoring some pointed and amusing observations. As always, filmed and designed as a TV special so its the content rather than film-making smarts which are the star here, though the roving camera does heighten the tension and energy of its star's tirades."
|70 30%||Hitch (2005) - Sep 27, 2020
"Enjoyable rom-com is a little too overlong and ungainly to be truly memorable, but putters along good naturedly enough on the combined good-will and chemistry of its stars - Smith and James particularly make a terrific comic team and a whole film built around their burgeoning relationship may have worked much better. As it is, it feels too cluttered and distracted at times following its multiple story threads, ultimately feeling too bloated during the home stretch."
|81 57%||Princess Mononoke (1997) - Sep 27, 2020
"English dub: Spectacularly mounted and animated eco-fable is a feast of sights and sounds, hampered somewhat by some clunky and juvenile dialogue which, like many of Miyazaki's films, hurt the dramatic impetus from time to time. English dub is well cast, with Crudup and Thornton especially bringing some colour to their characterisations."
|65 22%||Rush (2013) - Sep 26, 2020
"Superficial but entertaining enough portrait of the Lauda/Hunt "bromance" is told in a laid-back, old-fashioned style by Howard and Morgan, but there comes a point when this fairly lightweight (and repetitive) tale becomes a mild chore, especially when nothing is done to develop the two men's personalities beyond their "beauty and the beast" archetypes. Helped immeasurably by Hemsworth and Brühl's charismatic performances and some throaty (and exciting) race sequences."
|64 21%||Conan the Barbarian (1982) - Sep 26, 2020
"Lumbering and ultimately monotonous sword and sandal epic is admittedly well-cast (who else but Schwarzenegger?) and is stunningly photographed, but it may have worked better if it had leaned more into camp absurdity than delving into the heavy-handed philosophising of Milius and Stone's screenplay; as always, Arnie acquits himself nicely in the action scenes but struggles when left to impart the ideological complexities of the screenplay."
|36 4%||Scrooged (1988) - Sep 26, 2020
"An odd, mean-spirited spin on CAROL seems to have its ducks in a row, but everything about this is slightly "off" - feeling like a dry run for GROUNDHOG DAY, Murray's misanthropic Scrooge is an unpleasant creation and the "ghosts" broadly drawn and ugly caricatures; all this would seem par for the course, except the course correction into gushy sentiment at the finale is also misjudged, leaving the film feeling like an overdone turkey."
|33 3%||The Dark Tower (2017) - Sep 25, 2020
"Flat and dull King adaptation is an ungainly mix of THE STAND and THE SHINING, filtered through the lens of HUNGER GAMES YA dystopia; in trying to serve its multitude of genres and styles, the screenplay never satisfies any of them, casting a deadly pall of blandness across the whole production and leaving a couple of committed performers (Elba and a gleefully hammy McConaughey) hanging in the wind. Taylor is a good youthful hero, but seems out of place here."
|30 2%||The Exterminator (1980) - Sep 24, 2020
"Ugly, gruesome exploitation piece would possibly be more bearable with charismatic leads (Ginty and George each inhabit their own charisma void) or at least a shred of coherency in its storytelling - scenes and moments seem to tail off into nothing, suggesting hacksaw editing or else basic film-making incompetence. It still has its entertaining moments (a Chekov's Meatgrinder and a random hospital hook-up the most amusing) but this otherwise seedy, gross affair brings little else to the table."
|67 24%||The California Kid (1974) - Sep 24, 2020
"Harmless, disposable TV flick is more or less solely interesting as an early effort for Sheen and Nolte (we even get to see them "team up" after a fashion!) Too low-key and lacking in any real conflict to be otherwise memorable (it's difficult to discern just how "evil" and calculated Morrow's sheriff really is), but for its relative merits, it's a painless and intriguing diversion."