Celluloid Junkie - 4038 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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|81 54%||Mary Queen of Scots (2018) - Feb 23, 2019
"Lavish and lush historical drama stumbles on its way to greatness by curious and clunky anachronisms in terms of behaviour and personality of its characters - especially the embarrassingly literal and unbelievable conversation during the climactic meeting between the two queens. A shame, because the seeds are here for a great, fiery drama, especially with Ronan and Robbie at the top of their games; wonderful supporting cast as well, with villainous Tennant standing out."
|83 59%||Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) - Feb 23, 2019
"Yet another reboot/re-imagining of Spidey is largely a fun and entertaining ride (especially when it kids itself about the ubiquity of this particular origin story) - sets up the different Spiderverse characters exceptionally well, but then unfortunately shoe-horns them into a standard-template action third act which is well done by most standards, but disappointing given the ingenuity and cleverness which precedes it. Excellent voice cast, with Cage, Tomlin and Henry standing out."
|94 84%||Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018) - Feb 22, 2019
"Beautifully choreographed and imaginatively staged production. It's difficult to go wrong with this, especially if you are already a fan of the show, but this is still a terrific iteration, with a lively cast doing a first rate belting of the score; only Legend seems a little out of his depth, lacking the stage heft for Christ, though he scores strongly during the more intimate, wounded moments (especially towards the end). Great cameo from Cooper, and Dixon tears into Judas with wild abandon."
|87 69%||Free Solo (2018) - Feb 22, 2019
"Portrait of arguably unhinged insanity handles the climbing sequences brilliantly - certainly placing it within the pantheon of most viscerally nerve jangling documentary footage ever committed to film. The sheer awe inspiring nature of Honnold's achievement, and the power of the film-making, easily compensate for a certain pat vacuousness of the behind-the-scenes moments (which have a suspiciously staged, reality TV feel to them), compounded by the utter inscrutability of Honnold himself."
|67 22%||Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) - Feb 20, 2019
"Almost comical overlength and multiple, tiring climaxes (there comes a point when you fear it is never... going... to end...) hurt what could have been a slick and memorable conclusion to this trilogy; again, strangely derivative (with a major action set piece another direct steal from THE LOST WORLD) but still fun when it works, with Gillen an enjoyable villain, and a good cast otherwise. Seriously Patricia, why did you bother showing up?"
|79 48%||Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) - Feb 18, 2019
"Fun and enjoyable piece of dystopia goes on too long, but is faster paced and more action packed than its predecessor; pretty derivative at times, with most of its key action scenes/story points done before in other movies (THE LOST WORLD glass sequence comes to mind), but Ball manages to keep things fairly breezy, and even gives wonderfully sinister Gillen and crackpot Esposito some fun stuff to do (Clarkson is wasted again, unfortunately). Core cast of young adults acquit themselves nicely."
|77 43%||At Eternity's Gate (2018) - Feb 17, 2019
"Interesting, almost impressionistic take on Van Gogh's life and 'career' is a film of powerful moments mixed with meandering digressions which are occasionally frustrating; if you can go with it as a pensive, entrancing portrait of artistic drives and inspiration, it's certainly a unique and challenging take on the biopic, anchored by a seemingly effortless and masterful turn by Dafoe in the lead role. Likely to be a film which will improve upon rewatching."
|11 0%||Show Dogs (2018) - Feb 17, 2019
"Inane, tiresome comedy offers a few fleeting chuckles at the start before becoming bogged down in a confusing, vaguely unsavoury crime plot; it doesn't help that the conceit of the talking animals is badly executed (via ugly and an unappealing CGI animation of the animals faces) as well as illogically thought out (apparently the humans accept and interact with the animals as humans, but can't actually hear them speaking?) A game cast does its best to elevate the material."
|13 0%||Slender Man (2018) - Feb 16, 2019
"Inane horror film borders on incompetency as far as technical merits go - when jump scares don't work on this viewer, you know there is something seriously amiss! The confusing and illogical screenplay never really details the legend of the Slender Man which may have made the film more involving - overly emotive, hysterical performances by the young leads don't help."
|32 2%||Children of the Corn (1984) - Feb 16, 2019
"Dull, at times laughable horror film is initially hobbled by a premise which strains credibility (no-one from the outside world has ever investigated why the town was abandoned to kids?) and torpedoed by a leaden screenplay which takes forever to get to its point; by the time the payoff comes in Act III, it's already too little too late (especially with such shoddy effects work). Hamilton fares best of the cast, and Franklin shows convincing intensity as the kid leader, but it's all for naught."