Film Freak - 835 Rankings
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|94 T9||Christine (2016) - Aug 21, 2017
"Highly recommended. A great period piece of a time when our culture (& tv news) was changing pace and empathy. Rebecca Hall and the script make Christine an empathetic character, whose struggle to maintain a sense of ethics in a changing time you should admire, even if you don't agree with her ultimate solution to the conflict. This film would serve as a great double bill with Nightcrawler--both films about driven, emotionally compromised people forced to navigate television's rough environment."
|88 T8||Detroit (2017) - Aug 09, 2017
"Bigelow's best flick refines her docudrama approach with a rumination on corrupt power and passions igniting. She gets a strong cast, an intriguing real world story with genre applications, and a timely message. I saw this film days after U.S. President Trump encouraged police officers to “rough up” suspects while detaining or arresting them. The actions of this Detroit police force are indicative of the "America" Trump supporters want to return us to when they say “Make America Great Agai"
|95 T10||Southside with You (2016) - Aug 07, 2017
"It does what biopics should do: rather than giving us a cradle to the grave epic on someone we know, it instead focuses on one story that could work as a picture on its own. And, were Barack and Michelle not even real people, this story would tower above similar romantic dramas from the last 15 years. Tika is great as Michelle, and the writing stays focused by making these two individual people with very defined wants and goals, trying to make their relationship work. Highly recommended. "
|49 T1||Baby Driver (2017) - Aug 06, 2017
"Not since The Guardians of the Galaxy have I seen a movie avoid a script by having its soundtrack do all its emotional heavy lifting. What's worse is that it is a basic Mo'Wax/Funk 45 Spotify playlist--from 15 years ago. Additionally the morals of the film are appalling as there're no repercussions to the violence and motivations of some characters. All that could be forgiven if the film didn't have a complete lack of joy and escapism. Avoid at all costs. My least favorite film of the year. "
|97 T10||Dunkirk (2017) - Jul 20, 2017
"Dunkirk keeps of Nolan's trademark philosophies: parallel storytelling, shifting timelines, and a character confronted by a big lie that they are willing to believe. But what's new about this film is a (timely) humanity. Nolan has some interesting thoughts on how we treat refugees, how the "other" can be impacted by conflict, and old men sending young men to fight. It does lose some steam due to bad dialogue mixing. But that's a minor complaint. Highly recommended & maybe the year's best film."
|76 T5||Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) - Jul 10, 2017
"Not since Wes Anderson's Rushmore have I had this much fun watching a weird high schooler with bizarre extracurricular activities have a relationship with an eccentric older millionaire. The fight scenes are a bit lackluster, and I think there's just a bit too much going on plot-wise. But that is balanced out by the strongest young cast I've seen in a movie since The Social Network or The Stanford Prison Experiment. And there were plenty of giggles--capped off with the last line. Recommended. "
|72 T5||Barry (2016) - Mar 26, 2017
"At times Barry aimless as it includes a bunch of snapshots of college life, dating & parties. Yet I wish the film would have been like American Pyscho or Shame and done a better job of building and showing how a unique psychological condition (in this case isolation) could have been impacted by a stimuli. Perhaps Obama's natural ability to bring Harmony out of conflict hampers a biopic on him. Still Terrell is fantastic & the questions from '81 ring true. I just wanted a bit more. "
|95 T10||Logan (2017) - Mar 08, 2017
"Logan owes a debt to westerns like True Grit or Shane, but builds on them with its fanboy imagery, world, and awesome action scenes. The quiet moments--like the dinner scene chemistry with Jackman & Stewart--give it a gravitas built by seeing these characters age onscreen for 2 decades. Dafne Keen as X-23 as awesome! Also, this is a timely film that in a way comments on how the world uses refugee/immigrant children as props. Easily the best superhero film since The Dark Knight. "
|85 T8||John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) - Mar 01, 2017
"A strong continuation of a unique character & world. Some minor missteps come from the pacing/placement of the action sequences as well as casting Common as an anti-villain. Still, the fight scenes & gunplay are expertly choreographed--making this an action movie version of La La Land. The Wick character continues to be great, with some almost Hamlet-esque ruminations on revenge, duty, and action. The ending, like Empire Strikes Back or The Dark Knight, sets up a great next chapter. Recommended!"
|88 T8||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - Dec 16, 2016
"I think I'll like these Star Wars anthology films--especially if they are genre pictures set against the backdrop of Lucas's vision. This story is also timely. We witness a world coming undone because of a madman leader who mistakes "peace" with "terror" as he's opposed by a heroic group featuring brown skinned folks, a woman, a disabled person mocked for no reason, and a persecuted member of a religious minority. And it ends with one of the best action sequences of the year. Highly recommended."