Celluloid Junkie - 4422 Film Rankings
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|43 T2||Deathrow Gameshow (1987) - Apr 21, 2018
"These low-budget genre comedies with pitch black and very un-PC humor can be really horrible if you're not on the same wavelength, but I felt that this one was actually quite competently put together and tolerable - even enjoyable- for about 1/3 of it's duration. That was when the limitations of budget really started to kick in and the script was not able to keep you interested. The leads were quite good in their parts. Not bad, but would have worked better as a short film. "
|66 T9||The Shape of Water (2017) - Apr 19, 2018
"Mixed on this: well directed, visually stunning; and I admire Del Toro's passion to provide quality genre films. Still, this felt more like a Jeunet film and almost calculated for these times with it's black and white characters and message of embracing diversity. It makes it clear from the start that it is a fairy tale, but it feels like a lazy way to justify the huge plot holes and plausibility issues - while it's strict on (period) details and brutal and realistic portrayal of violence."
|70 T9||Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) - Apr 17, 2018|
|65 T9||101 Dalmatians (1961) - Apr 02, 2018
"One of the better classic Disney films. Not too many songs and they feel integral to the story. Visually it's good stuff with the snowy settings and the gothic castle. Surprisingly grim and scary; I bet Cruella deVil has caused a lot of nightmares. "
|58 T6||The House on Sorority Row (1983) - Apr 02, 2018
"Solid slasher which is not quite top tier, but definitely worth a watch. It’s competently directed, visually quite nice and features a rather traditional score. The cast is OK, but the script could have added some depth to the characters. The film is not that gory, but it doesn't really matter that much and the emphasis on mystery feels fresh after paint by numbers Friday 13th clones. It seems to have been an inspiration for at least Scream 2 and I Know What you Did Last Summer."
|60 T7||Yön saalistajat (1984) - Mar 10, 2018
"One of the rare examples of a Finnish cult film which at times feels like a cheaper version of italocrime with goofier humor. Dialogue is a mix of embarrassing cliches and funny cracks. Best part is the character of ”Reuna”; a bad ass gangster with a ridiculous scarf - and all kinds of issues (mother, drugs, you name it). It’s a character that Tarantino could rip off and polish to great success. It would be hard to make something like this intentionally and that’s what makes this film s"
|45 T3||Evils of the Night (1985) - Mar 10, 2018
"I fully expected this to be bottom of the barrel trash, and it kind of is, but at least it’s competently filmed. It’s an odd hybrid of 50’s low budget sci-fi a'la Plan 9 from Outer Space, teen comedy with extra gore, nudity and sleaze thrown in. I wonder if Carradine and Newmar were aware of the surrounding scenes. There are also some cheesy 80’s songs and fashion to put a grin on your face. The last third and abrupt ending keep the film from rising to the next level of so bad it’s goo"
|59 T7||Honor Among Thieves (1968) - Mar 09, 2018
"Nice to see Bronson and Delon together in a quality 60's French crime flick. It sure takes it's time with the vault scenes, and could have benefited from ~10 mins shorter run time. It's still yet another small gem in Bronson's filmography."
|58 T6||St. Ives (1976) - Mar 09, 2018
"This was better than it's reputation: It's more relaxed and tamer than Bronson's other films with director J. Lee Thompson or the ones he made with Michael Winner. Bronson even gets to do some acting here, or at least show a different side of his persona. The cast is better than usual and filled with familiar faces in early roles (Englund, Goldblum). The film takes it's time with scenes and that makes the characters and locations feel real. Too bad that the story itself is nothing special."
|55 T5||The Hitch-Hiker (1953) - Mar 08, 2018|