Celluloid Junkie - 2571 Film Ratings
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|73 72%||Narcos: Mexico (2018) - Feb 21, 2019
"The first season feels like one long pilot episode. That feeling is brought into even starker relief when you actually meet the narrator. Diego Luna is one of our finest actors, and the way his Felix can nimbly go from charming to pleading to menacing is really interesting to watch."
|66 53%||Vice (2018) - Feb 20, 2019
"It has the subtlety of a US-led coalition of the willing preemptively invading a sovereign nation on the basis of a public misinformation campaign relying on trumped up and skewed raw intelligence. And McKay turned up all the inventiveness of the Big Short to 11--in a bad way. But Cheney is such a fascinating and historically important figure that this was still good. Also really great performances all around, from Bale to Carell to Perry."
|74 75%||The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) - Feb 17, 2019
"Deakins is so impressive. The scene where Ed goes to meet Dave at the store features some of the most stunning lighting I've ever seen. I really enjoyed Thornton's narration and empty-vessel character here. I think this movie showcases the Coens' nihilist sensibilities better than any other, save perhaps The Big Lebowski."
|70 63%||Green Book (2018) - Feb 15, 2019
"Other than the class dynamics being flipped, there is really nothing here that isn't completely expected based on the simple premise of "black and white guy become unlikely friends in 1960s south." But the story is undeniably cute and the actors develop a truly wonderful chemistry together."
|40 8%||The Birth of a Nation (1915) - Feb 15, 2019
"Part I on the Civil War is particularly bad, except for the Lincoln assassination. Part II on Reconstruction is where the racism gets turned up to 11, but at least it's not as boring as the first half. Overall, you can appreciate it for its innovation, but it stands out for its historical significance and not for the value a modern audience will get."
|64 48%||RBG (2018) - Feb 13, 2019
"Nice puff piece about a woman who completely deserves it. Touches on the highlights of her legal career, though this viewer was well acquainted with that already. Gives a fun glimpse into her personal background and life, which is interesting if not earth shattering."
|78 84%||Russian Doll (2019) - Feb 12, 2019
"In terms of the sci-fi concepts, it really nicely starts out in familiar Groundhog Day territory and then eases you into interesting additional twists/complications on top of that, without ever feeling like things were added just for the sake of originality. The puzzle is just the right amount of intellectually engaging. And, most importantly, it really cares about its characters in a way that makes it engaging on an emotional level. Plus it is funny."
|55 27%||Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) - Feb 11, 2019
"It's certainly not up to the standards set by the franchise, but it's also not the steaming pile of garbage I'd been led to believe. It still has the heart and soul of an Indiana Jones movie, and that's enough for me to at least enjoy. But there are some really, really bad or over-the-top silly moments that are certainly worth all the derision they receive."
|87 95%||A Star Is Born (2018) - Feb 09, 2019
"This really blew me away. Jackson and Ally are such exceptionally realized characters. Everything here feels so authentic, which was all the more important given that artistic authenticity is one of its themes. It feels like Lady Gaga's entire career was custom built to ready her for this script. Probably my favorite musical performances I've ever seen in a movie, as well. Just impressively made all around, and an astounding directorial debut for Cooper."
|73 72%||The Favourite (2018) - Feb 08, 2019
"I really enjoyed the humor and it was worth watching just for that. The dialogue is so at odds with what you expect from characters in these costumes that it never stops being entertaining. Doesn't feel like there's much more to it than that, but that's enough."