Celluloid Junkie - 4463 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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|52 9%||Hotel Mumbai (2018) - Dec 05, 2019
"Unpleasantly manipulative and shallow "terror porn" movie is at least well-filmed, but at this point there have been enough powerful cinematic (and real world) depictions of violent, terrorism related carnage that this fairly superficial accounting doesn't really pass muster; not helped by the attempts to supercharge certain scenes and characters for "DIE HARD" dramatic effect (the opening "Based on 'true events'" is an ominous harbinger)."
|63 18%||Komm, süsser Tod (2000) - Dec 05, 2019
"Odd black comedy/crime procedural is ragged and unpolished but does have some moments of gruesome black comedy which land; echoes MOTHER JUGS & SPEED in its depiction of the gallows humour of medical personnel, but if it's going for satire, it's unclear what its targets are. Moments of surprisingly frank sex and violence clearly mark this as a European creation; performances are adequate but largely amateurish."
|63 18%||Scarborough (2018) - Dec 05, 2019
"Hot-button relationship drama is too much a slave to the didactic social statements it wants to make (especially in the early stages) - generally fine performances by the quartet of actors keep it watchable, but without giving away story elements, it seems to want to have its cake and eat it too in terms of gender dynamics as it contrasts these two similar and intersecting March-August relationships. While it doesn't really work, it does have some interesting and intriguing elements to it."
|68 25%||Insomnia (1997) - Dec 05, 2019
"Austere character study lacks the visceral dynamics of the Nolan remake; whether that's for better or worse will vary with opinion, but this cold, contained film never shifts into high gear, not giving us enough of Skarsgård's haunted detective's backstory (but there's no faulting his performance). Feels like it's leading somewhere significant, but just peters out; Skjoldbjærg presents some striking scene compositions, but never really captures the feel of the hostile backwoods community."
|60 15%||Diego Maradona (2019) - Dec 03, 2019
"Well-crafted and clearly extensively researched documentary is a little too "inside baseball" (or football) for someone uninitiated/ignorant of the man and his game; for this viewer, the highlights were the peeks into Maradona's spotty personal life, though these were dealt with fairly simply and superficially, even as the epilogue provided a quietly moving follow-through. No doubt a more impressive and stimulating journey the more familiar you are with Maradona himself."
|62 17%||Event Horizon (1997) - Dec 03, 2019
"Agreeable riff on SOLARIS largely held together by Fishburne and Neill's effortless professionalism, though Anderson seems a bit lost after establishing a sound basis for physical and psychological horror, with none of the horror or action scenes managing to raise much of a pulse; opening shots of the majestic spacecraft ooze 2001 and are the stylistic highlights - some unsettling makeup effects towards the end tease as to what might have been with a better craftsman (Carpenter?) at the helm."
|99 96%||Parasite (2019) - Dec 02, 2019
"Outstanding creation from Bong is almost impossible to classify - by turns, screamingly funny and excruciatingly painful, outrageously flippant but deadly serious, it takes enough narrative and tonal turns for five movies, and delivers on all the competing plot strands. It's rabid and angry observations on class and privilege are beautifully folded into an all-audiences entertainment. Certainly one to sit with and ponder on to tease out its different layers."
|69 27%||Sexy Beast (2001) - Dec 02, 2019
"Middling crime drama works best in its early stages, pitting Winstone's dazed veteran gangster against Kingsley's ferocious pitbull, but the film's arch and artificial tone creates a cold, ironic distance from its tale and its characters, which ultimately leads to a deadly lack of energy and "stakes" during the third act bank robbery; its sudden loss of a major player is also a rug-pull which doesn't provide a satisfactory return. Beautifully shot (especially at the gorgeous Spanish villa!)"
|80 53%||Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017) - Dec 01, 2019
"Rambling, plotless depiction of what amounts to a pleasant summer holiday is hampered initially by an uncomfortable leery presence behind the camera (no cleavage shot is unmissed) but once this settles down, Kechiche successfully manages to capture the loose and fun atmosphere of his characters lives and creates a warm and enjoyable community to mosey around in for three hours (in a "I read Playboy for the interviews" kind of way!) Caveats aside, beautifully shot and well-served by its cast."
|78 47%||Her Smell (2019) - Dec 01, 2019
"Harsh, ugly portrait of a manic nervous breakdown miscalculates somewhat by observing the effect of Moss' self-destructive behaviour on those around her rather than providing a context of what it is that drives her; this causes the first acts to be as assaultive and aggravating to the viewer as it is to Moss' chorus! The final acts are much better, and really show the range and depth of Moss' extraordinary performance, which is ultimately the centerpiece here. Always nice to see Stoltz show up!"