Celluloid Junkie - 4552 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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|69 27%||1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992) - Jan 26, 2020
"Typically solid and hefty film-making from Scott ironically makes this a minor chore to sit through - could have done with an extra half hour of tightening, and while Depardieu has the appropriate physicality for the role, his pained Spanish-English undermines the credibility of his performance. Majestic Vangelis score is beautiful on its own terms, but is somewhat overblown in context; ditto the stunning cinematography. A worthwhile misfire."
|71 31%||Joker (2019) - Jan 26, 2020
"An odd duck, probably worthy of a rewatch; love or loathe Phillips' portrait of modern society, it is hard to look at the state of the world and not conclude he is putting his finger on some genuine (real or imagined) problems and mindsets that do exist. As with THE DARK KNIGHT, the notion we should "let the world burn" is a troublingly nihilistic and exclusionary one - but that's how we all came up Trumps. Phoenix's performance is an appropriately intense and frightening portrait of madness."
|72 33%||Grindhouse (2007) - Jan 26, 2020
"The "double feature" format for these films only underlines what a failed, albeit interesting, experiment these were for Rodriguez and Tarantino; as they straddle the awkward line between parody and sincerity; if either film-maker had sincerely committed to making an artful grindhouse movie, this would have been far more enjoyable. Car chases aside, PROOF is a surprisingly dreary mess, with TERROR by far the better realised half. The additional trailers at intermission are beautifully executed."
|61 16%||The Emperor's New Groove (2000) - Jan 24, 2020
"Passable kiddie animation does nothing interesting with its distinctive locale and characters, and pitches its writing at the most simplistic Saturday morning cartoon level, but a spirited voice cast elevates it to a pleasant watch, with Kitt and Warburton's amusing double-act the highlight. Ostensible lead Spade proves his value as a supporting player, essentially disappearing into the rabble for the most part! Tom Jones' "appearance" another well realised highlight."
|89 74%||The Seventh Seal (1957) - Jan 24, 2020
"Intense and intimidating Bergman classic is an exhausting journey first time through, with a lot to unpack both thematically and visually - what is clear is von Sydow's powerful and compelling performance, matched by Ekerot's sinister (and surprisingly playful) support work as Death. Loses a certain energy whenever von Sydow is off-screen, though Bergman's eye for the beauty in the bleak and ugly shine through. Definitely a film to return to."
|83 60%||Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) - Jan 24, 2020
"Enjoyable action/adventure has a lighter tone than the first film, with Del Toro seemingly more confident in mashing together the concessions to "tentpole" action sequences with his own distinctively bizarre focus on amusing grotesquerie. Benefits from good-humoured and laid-back performances from its cast, though Hyde Pierce's vocal stylings are missed; MacFarlane's clownish accent for Johan is a minor misstep."
|79 50%||Snatch (2000) - Jan 24, 2020
"Stylish caper film is about as convoluted as LOCK, STOCK, but not as self conscious - at a certain point, you wish Ritchie would quit the head-spinning story turns and just get to the point - thankfully these characters are a lot of fun to spend time with, especially Pitt's incoherent gypsy, and a superb Farina, who feels like he walked off the GET SHORTY set and straight on to this one (he also has the single funniest line upon his return to the US!) Fun, but a little too much effort at times."
|97 91%||In Fabric (2018) - Jan 24, 2020
"Invigorating mind fuck finds Strickland wallowing in a perverse and esoteric bent that would put Lynch to shame; while there is a clear (and harsh) critique of consumerism folded in, this is really an "experience" movie, grounded by a stunning Jean-Baptiste and a hilariously sinister Mohamed. While the second half arguably loses a little steam (with Bill and Squires lesser substitutes for MJB), the supporting players step up, especially Barratt and Oram's venal bank managers."
|63 18%||Zombi Child (2019) - Jan 24, 2020
"Intriguing meld of supernatural horror and teen angst has too much on its plate, attempting a larger, somewhat heavy-handed critique of French colonialism (with some eye-rollingly literal speechifying) combining it with the duelling narratives of Louimat's reconciliation of her cultural identity and Labeque's mooning over an ex-boyfriend. As eclectic as it sounds, and it never comes together, with the two girls fighting for lead character status. Some effectively creepy moments towards the end."
|78 47%||Keepers (2018) - Jan 24, 2020
"Low-key three hander is not entirely successful, with a meandering third act dissipating the considerable tension from the early stages, but the three leads are so solid and compelling (with Mullan exceptional) that you can forgive most of the missteps. Nyholm is at his best creating the opressive, inhospitable atmosphere of the island, even as the location itself has a primal, savage beauty about it."