Celluloid Junkie - 2801 Film Ratings
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|69 59%||Stagecoach (1939) - Nov 22, 2020
"I've decided to dig into classic Westerns a bit and figured this was as good a place to start as any. I always assumed this was a "lone cowboy" tale, so it was a nice surprise to get a cast of characters whose internal clashes drove things as much as the external threats."
|57 29%||Holidate (2020) - Nov 22, 2020
"Nothing spectacular of course. There are some decent jokes, including many of the R-rated variety. Emma Roberts is engaging and she is definitely the bright spot here. Horrible direction at times, which is neither surprising nor really understandable."
|73 72%||Basic Instinct (1992) - Nov 09, 2020
"I think it would be easy to dismiss this is as the epitome of a cheesy erotic thriller, but I think that really sells it short. There are so many winks and nods about the tropes on display, it's really just another example of Verhoeven's satire that is often (perhaps intentionally) taken at face value."
|75 78%||Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult (2020) - Nov 09, 2020
"This was better than The Vow and retroactively makes me downgrade The Vow. Seduced does a much better job of showing how Keith victimized these people, and frames this in the psychology of cults. I still wish I knew more about the Bronfmans and the Salzmans, as we get some sense of their roles but little sense of their motivations."
|83 92%||Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) - Oct 27, 2020
"Cohen's ability to get people to lower their guard and reveal their bigotry is just incredible. The addition of Bakalova is wonderful--she stands toe to toe with Cohen in every scene. And for those who complain about Cohen's biases here--the stunts simply provide an avenue for people to reveal who they are; those who are decent and good (Holocaust survivor Judith and the babysitter Jenease) emanate that goodness; others given the same opportunity instead reveal their ignorance or hatred."
|51 18%||Maleficent (2014) - Oct 26, 2020
"It had a nice look to it and the kernel of an interesting spin/perspective. But it felt like every time it started to take a chance on something, the movie undercut itself to make sure it was being safe enough. Feels like it had the makings of a good movie, but ended up getting neutered somewhere along the way."
|63 44%||American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020) - Oct 21, 2020
"Just a real sad story. I think Senna was the first doc I saw that used only pre-existing footage, and it's a style that I think works really well when you have the footage to do it."
|71 65%||The Vow (2020) - Oct 20, 2020
"The biggest issue is that they decided to do that as a more than one season, though I admit it never feels like they're stretching things out. There is an unfathomable amount of footage, which means you really get to see things first hand rather than just as-reported by the ex-members. I'm looking forward to getting to know more about Nancy."
|49 15%||To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) - Oct 08, 2020
"The first movie was quite enjoyable and very cute because it was actually creative and surprising, and Lana Condor is just absolutely charming. This movie didn't bring any of the creativity or surprises that the first had, so it was a big step down. Condor was still just as charming, but it's not enough to carry the whole movie."
|74 75%||The Last Emperor (1987) - Sep 28, 2020
"The underlying story of Pu Yi's life--as a child emperor and later as a puppet--is really fascinating and had me reaching for more info after the credits rolled. The movie is undoubtedly dragged down by the English language, some poor acting, and a script that feels like it needed to go through a few more drafts."