Celluloid Junkie - 2760 Film Ratings
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|68 56%||I Am Not Your Negro (2016) - Jul 01, 2020
"Baldwin has a sharp perspective and sure knows how to write. His appearance on the Dick Cavett show was particularly interesting."
|77 82%||Hollywood Shuffle (1987) - Jul 01, 2020
"This was really funny and, as a clear spiritual precursor to In Living Color, I can't believe I'd never heard of it until recently. The sketches were much more funny than the main narrative, but they worked together really well in bringing out the underlying satire of the whole thing. We've certainly made some progress since 1987, but the ills pointed out are not yet a thing of the past."
|82 91%||Ugetsu (1953) - Jul 01, 2020
"It takes a little while for this to build up a head of steam, but once it gets there the movie just sings. Modern audiences aren't going to be surprised by anything here, but it's a sign of a great film that you don't need to be to love it."
|88 96%||The Wicker Man (1973) - Jun 30, 2020
"Describing this would make it sound cheesy as all hell, but everything works so well here. I didn't love some of the very 70s camerawork, but it's honestly close to perfect in every other way."
|63 44%||The Invitation (2015) - Jun 30, 2020
"Very nicely directed--tense, atmospheric, and claustrophobic. And Marshall-Green is a stand out. Other than the very last, none of the surprises were really surprises, though. And that very last reveal was nice, but also feels noticeably more implausible than the whole movie leading up to that point."
|66 52%||Bombshell (2019) - Jun 29, 2020
"Some say a director's main job is getting good performances. From that perspective, Roach did a fine job here. I tend to think the director's main job is an overall control of the tone. From that perspective, I think Roach's comedy background seeped in a little too much, and not in a thoughtful way. It's a fascinating story, and one that couldn't be told as well as it deserved due to NDAs, but I think it's both important and entertaining despite its flaws."
|52 20%||Song of the South (1946) - Jun 29, 2020
"Given the reputation, I expected this to be racist by depicting black people with offensive stereotypes. Instead, the racism is in presenting recently emancipated slaves as content with a life of third class servitude. In any event, the live-action story and scenes are horribly boring, but the animated sequences are cute and enjoyable."
|71 65%||Molly's Game (2017) - Jun 23, 2020
"It's hard to go wrong when you have Chastain and Elba as the leads and a Sorkin script. Sorkin's direction is also impressive, making this whole thing a snappy, quick, and entertaining affair. You certainly get the feeling that Bloom is being lionized a bit too much here, but I can accept this as entertainment and not a documentary."
|77 82%||Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) - Jun 23, 2020
"Gary Oldman and Tim Roth are simply amazing here. The musings are funny and somewhat clever, so credit to Stoddard there, but this is all about the chemistry between Oldman and Roth. The actual Hamlet scenes are a little underwhelming, so this thing really shines when it's just the two leads prattling on about everything and nothing. I particularly loved Oldman's constant near-revelations about physics."
|84 93%||Hamlet (1996) - Jun 22, 2020
"My favorite straight Shakespeare I've seen, including stage productions. I'm real dumb when it comes to Shakespeare and understanding the dialogue, but the direction here is absolutely perfect and makes everything just click. Quite the tour de force and now I fully understand Branagh's well-deserved reputation for Shakespeare adaptations--need to check out more of them."