Cinema Addict - 2061 Film Ratings
Member Since: Feb 26, 2007
Location: Stoke on Trent, UK
Bio: mpowell dropped percentiles on me two weeks after i changed to a scale that makes no use of percentiles, so now i'm changing back again. thanks for nothing mpowell.
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|95 95%||Henry Fool (1997) - May 21, 2019
"is that such a priority? is that some sort of measure of a man's worth? to drag what's best in him out into the street so every average slob with some pretense to taste and a criticker account can poke it with a stick? maybe. maybe it is."
|90 93%||Cure (1997) - May 21, 2019
"the mutability of identity and myth of the self, the inadequacy of institutions, societal alienation and disconnection, metaphysical absence. this is a much better version of sono's SUICIDE CLUB; its crushingly nihilistic worldview may be just as facile, but kurosawa has an uncanny way of teasing horrifying emptiness and loneliness out of the mundane with these patient, dispassionate wide shots, use of negative space, and edits that trickle slowly down with paralysing inevitability."
|80 79%||Starship Troopers (1997) - May 21, 2019
"less a satire of war, fascism & imperialism than how the media identifies with and facilitates them, from journalism and advertising to the most inoffensive of hollywood narratives. verhoeven understands the appeal of this media--of imagining oneself the star of a glorious fantasy, a mindless action movie or teen drama or sports flick--intimately, and by lampooning its cliches in this context he forces us to consider how susceptible to and complicit with destructive ideologies we really are."
|40 26%||Princess Mononoke (1997) - May 21, 2019|
|35 14%||Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) - May 20, 2019
"with a pokemon movie by the GOOSEBUMPS director that references burton's BATMAN, HOME ALONE and SEINFELD, has the nostalgia porn-era reached crisis point yet? although tbf this is less the expected gimmicky fan-service than a rare blockbuster that's TOO economical, prioritising a rote story over the world that is its sole calling card. the closest comparison is probably ZOOTOPIA, but with a lot less on its mind and a reveal so inexplicable we were in stitches during the most 'poignant' scene."
|0 1%||Make Us Dream (2018) - May 18, 2019
"i haven't actually seen this but felipelahm's review came up on my feed and my hands started moving by themselves"
|95 95%||Nowhere (1997) - May 15, 2019
"watching a gregg araki movie as someone who grew up in the '90s is like being assaulted by your own sub-conscious."
|95 95%||Happy Together (1997) - May 15, 2019|
|85 81%||Taste of Cherry (1997) - May 15, 2019
"fun to revisit my first ever middle eastern film. in his own way kiarostami collapses the dichotomy of life and death just as thoroughly as someone like joe, only he goes further in analogising this with the relationship between cinema and reality (the film is perhaps intended as the 'cherry' from which one emerges reborn). regardless of its 'meaning', which is laid on too thick by certain dialogues, there's no denying the existential gravity when it's just a face, a car and a landscape."
|80 79%||The Mirror (1997) - May 15, 2019
"a little girl is left alone in the sprawling city, but panahi is too smart to wring this problem for a miserablist sermon. instead we have a comedic city symphony for tehran in its many guises, less concerned with judgement than playfully exploring the borders between reality and performance in iranian society. it absolutely bustles with panahi's signature warm, wry jokes if you're looking for them, with a classic iranian mid-film metatextual fissure which improbably enhances the immersion."