Film Freak - 826 Rankings
Member Since: Apr 6, 2013
|87 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."
|77 T5||Requiem for the American Dream (2015) - Nov 27, 2016|
|70 T4||Lake of Fire (2006) - Nov 27, 2016|
|70 T4||The Fog of War (2003) - Nov 27, 2016|
|79 T7||Dark Days (2000) - Nov 27, 2016|
|79 T7||Manic (2001) - Nov 14, 2016|
|88 T8||Doctor Strange (2016) - Nov 03, 2016
"A fun blast. It owes more than a bit to both The Matrix and Inception. Like both of those you follow a protagonist who learns that his reality has a greater depth than originally imagined. And it also cribs some of the kung fu action, and bending architecture from both. But, if it has one problem, it is that it lacks the philosophical depth and quotable dialogue of both those films. Still, this shatters the previous mold of the Marvel/Disney origin stories, and Cumberbatch is charming as always."
|74 T5||The Birth of a Nation (2016) - Oct 17, 2016
"This flick should be shown as part of an intro to Black Liberation Theology. A wonderful scene has Nat explain to his fellow slaves how the same Bible verses used to keep them slaves, also damn their masters. And the film is timely in everything from religious fundamentalism/martyrdom, political violence and government dehumanizing. However, as a motion picture it could've been a bit more. While the central romance needs some work, the messianic imagery of the ending is almost laughable."
|74 T5||The Theory of Everything (2014) - Oct 08, 2016|
|70 T4||Amanda Knox (2016) - Oct 06, 2016
"While not my favorite documentary of the year, it is still captivating. My big complaint is that I wish it'd been something like Ken Burns's Central Park Five documentary & showed in an intimate way how she was psychologically impacted by everything--especially the media atmosphere & police investigation. Still, you walk out with some empathy for her--especially in her grocery store story at the end. She grasps her new role in life in an adult way, without being bitchy or dramatic about it."