Cinema Addict - 2075 Rankings
Member Since: Nov 8, 2006
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Bio: Since my early teenage years, cinema has been my primary form of education. A travelogue which has afforded me experiences I otherwise have not had the opportunity of enjoying: of different eras, locations, languages, cultures, methods of thought. It's a fulfillment damn near spiritual.
My ratings are divided into five points for a more generalized representation of quality. The less reliance on nitpicky numerology, the better. I have awarded a sixth point to films which have had the largest and longest lasting influence on my own cinephilia. They are my all-time favorites, hence a movie is never given a six on first viewing.
The filmmakers who are most important to me include Chantal Akerman, Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Ingmar Bergman, John Cassavetes, Joel & Ethan Coen, Jules Dassin, Werner Herzog, Alfred Hitchcock, Buster Keaton, Masaki Kobayashi, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, Fritz Lang, Sergio Leone, Richard Linklater, Sidney Lumet, David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Jean-Pierre Melville, F.W. Murnau, Yasujiro Ozu, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, Satyajit Ray, Nicolas Winding Refn, Jean Renoir, Eric Rohmer, Roberto Rossellini, Martin Scorsese, Hiroshi Teshigahara, Francois Truffaut, Ming-liang Tsai, Denis Villeneuve, Orson Welles, and Billy Wilder.
|4 T8||Au hasard Balthazar (1966) - Nov 17, 2017
"The beast's burden is to bear witness to sin and cruelty. The viewer's burden is to behold such callousness through the stern, unembellished perspective of Bresson. The donkey and the director are seemingly one and the same. It is a starkness and purity which organically begets compassion and empathy, rather than commanding reactions by signposting."
|4 T8||A Dark Song (2016) - Nov 13, 2017
"Two characters, one house, and a concentration of downright evil mood. It does, unfortunately, relent this wicked disposition in the last few moments, but it's a small disappointment. I have much appreciation for these tasteful terror tactics; every time the set up seems ripe for an obnoxious blast to the senses, it instead leaves the viewer hanging on dissonant notes of dread and discomfort."
|3 T6||The Only Son (1936) - Nov 07, 2017
"Lesser Ozu, which is to say that it's not bad, only that its simplicity verges on quaint, with a mawkish moral lesson about strength of character transcending economic success, and a group of rather ordinary performances. The one exception is, of course, Chishu Ryu, who in only a few brief moments of screen time stands out and above the rest of the cast. Still, it's hard to begrudge too much a film of such good nature, and the seeds of Ozu's masterworks are apparent."
|2 T3||The Goonies (1985) - Nov 06, 2017
"Obnoxious as fuck, The Goonies seems to be one of those movies that requires the nostalgia of having been a staple of childhood viewing to actually be endearing. I missed that boat."
|4 T8||Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989) - Nov 06, 2017
"One could assemble a laundry list of this film's influences and contemporaries - Eraserhead, Cronenberg, Akira, music video - and it wouldn't amount to how utterly unique this monstrosity is. I appreciate its commitment to being fast, hard, but brief; it's so excessive that anything more might be too much."
|3 T6||The Descent (2005) - Oct 22, 2017
"Impressive execution of a high concept on limited resources. I've got some reservations about a couple plot points, and the common complaint that it would be better without being a monster massacre is probably true, but then we're just criticizing the movie for not being a different movie. It is what it is, and as a creature feature it's pretty decent. The claustrophobia is excruciating. It's a suffocating, exhausting movie, and in this case those terms are complimentary."
|2 T3||Sing (2016) - Oct 22, 2017
"Of course it's got cute moments, but generally it's just not very funny and most of the licensed music ain't great."
|1 T1||Cube (1997) - Oct 21, 2017
"For some reason this film has garnered praise for a perceived originality, but there's nothing too imaginative about a maze filled with gruesome death traps. Any eight-year-old could conceive that premise, draw the same banal conclusions about group mentality or social masquerade, and probably direct actors to better performances than the tacky stuff on display here."
|5 T10||Song to Song (2017) - Oct 20, 2017
"A recent phase has seen Malick's impressionistic portraits transposed from mythological planes and into here and now. It provides immediacy to his otherwise heightened aesthetic. More so for this viewer, as two of these films - first To the Wonder and now Song to Song - are set in locations close to my heart. Everything seems a little less abstract when you've literally stood in the places these characters stand."
|1 T1||Timecop (1994) - Oct 19, 2017
"After watching Timecop, you may wish to travel back in time to prevent yourself from watching Timecop. But altering the past has consequences, you know, so having never seen Timecop, your morbid curiosity will probably be piqued and you'll end up watching Timecop. It seems we're doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. Just remember, the same matter can't occupy the same space, whatever the fuck that means."