Celluloid Junkie - 4115 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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|79 49%||Rising Sun (1993) - Apr 22, 2019
"Enjoyable buddy cop movie is a simplification of Crichton's more complex and interesting novel, and while the film is crippled by some glaring credibility problems (busting into a board meeting to broadcast a snuff film?!), it remains consistently fun thanks to the unexpectedly successful teaming of Connery and Snipes doing adapted LETHAL WEAPON schtick. Plastic TV level direction is frustrating and an overuse of 'wipes' is occasionally distracting."
|83 59%||Superman III (1983) - Apr 22, 2019
"Swing-for-the-fences odd duck is a bizarre entry in the Reeve SUPERMAN series - but there is much to enjoy if you can accept it as comic book camp intermixed with very British slapstick (the opening set piece, replete with an expert pie-in-the-face gag from Reeve is masterful); Vaughn's straight-man villain meshes well with Pryor's buffoonery, and O'Toole makes for a very pleasing romantic interest for Reeve (highlighted by their amusing double speak interplay)."
|93 82%||American Crime Story: The Assassination Of Gianni Versace (2018) - Apr 19, 2019
"Excellent mini-series elevated by Criss' remarkable, by turns bone chilling yet somehow poignantly sympathetic portrait of Cunanan; a well chosen supporting cast are equally fine, with devastating turns from Light (as the widow of one of the victims) and Briones, who makes Cunanan Sr as seductive and disturbing a presence as his son! Perhaps ironically, the Versace thread is the least compelling, often slowing the narrative momentum, but Cruz still manages to make an impact as Donatella."
|88 71%||Patrick Melrose (2018) - Apr 18, 2019
"Brilliantly constructed and produced series could have benefited from some minor pruning, but its hard to decide what to leave out; Melrose's evolution from hilariously strung-out coke addict to unhappy high society rebel (with a painful but fascinating back-story) is beautifully charted by Berger's fine direction and marvelous work from Cumberbatch; Leigh and Weaving are equally fine as his venal parents. Considerably more thought provoking and complex than the first episode suggests!"
|64 19%||Escape at Dannemora (2018) - Apr 16, 2019
"An interesting story meshed with excellent performances from Del Toro, Dano and an outstanding Arquette should have made for more compelling drama, however there is simply not enough meat on the bones for an 8 hour runtime; too much of this feels like a rough edit of a slick and lean 2 1/2 hour feature. Stiller handles the intense material well, if a little journeyman at times, but Arquette really is the star; an empathetic, multi-demensional portrait of a loathsome and pathetic character."
|78 46%||Hero (2002) - Apr 13, 2019
"An exquisitely filmed and designed epic with a coldly mechanical plot grinding away; the superb technical elements, including a striking and inventive use of colour to distinguish the competing narratives, make you wish Yimou could tell this story with a little more genuine passion; stoic performances by most of the cast, save Cheung, don't help in this regard. There's still plenty to luxuriate in, including the genuinely staggering epic sweep Yimou brings to his battle scenes."
|57 12%||I Can Only Imagine (2018) - Apr 12, 2019
"Christian-themed drama is a piously earnest but fairly flat affair (especially if you don't really buy into its message of simplistic moralising) - its heart is in the right place, and its technical merits are well above average for this sort of film; beautifully shot and generally as well performed as the material allows - it's always great to see 90+ year old Leachman strutting her stuff! Melodramatic screenplay eventually snuffs out the good will, but for what it is a fairly painless watch."
|59 13%||Sharp Objects (2018) - Apr 11, 2019
"Meandering series has some interesting directorial choices to its credit (at its best showing vividly how we navigate fragmented memories, with different elements tripping over each other); the competing murder subplot which is dealt with far more literally is at loggerheads with the fragmented style; the constant push-pull is disorienting. It also doesn't help that the seedy, overwrought world it evokes is not a pleasant place to spend 8 hours. Adams' reliably solid anchor is another highlight."
|88 71%||Spirited Away (2001) - Apr 09, 2019
"Charming fable is stuffed to the gills with characters and ideas (are there any two species of character that are even remotely similar?) and while this sensory overload inevitably leads to a somewhat lurching, episodic narrative, the richness and cleverness of the writing (with echoes of ALICE IN WONDERLAND madness) more than compensates, creating a unique and genuinely captivating world."
|96 88%||The Looming Tower (2018) - Apr 09, 2019
"Gripping mini-series paints a provocative (and credible) portrait of how the 'He-Man'-ing of the CIA and FBI frustratingly allowed the clues leading to 9/11 to be ignored. Brilliant performances sell the drama, with Daniels extraordinary in arguably the performance of his career, though Stuhlbarg, Camp, Schmidt, Sarsgaard and a sinister Baldwin are all equally fine. Handles the climax with a welcome taste and restraint, though the irony in the coda provides a wrenching little kick of sadness."