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Nathan S

Cinema Addict - 2329 Film Ratings

Member Since: Nov 8, 2006

Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

Age: 30

Bio: Since my early teenage years, cinema has been my primary form of education. A travelogue which has afforded me experiences I otherwise haven't had the opportunity of enjoying: 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, Paul Thomas Anderson, Olivier Assayas, Ingmar Bergman, John Cassavetes, Joel & Ethan Coen, Jules Dassin, Terence Davies, Robert Eggers, Werner Herzog, Alfred Hitchcock, Buster Keaton, Masaki Kobayashi, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, Fritz Lang, Spike Lee, Sergio Leone, Sidney Lumet, David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Jean-Pierre Melville, Hayao Miyazaki, F.W. Murnau, Yasujiro Ozu, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, Satyajit Ray, Nicolas Winding Refn, Kelly Reichardt, Jean Renoir, Eric Rohmer, Roberto Rossellini, Martin Scorsese, Isao Takahata, Hiroshi Teshigahara, Francois Truffaut, Ming-liang Tsai, Denis Villeneuve, Orson Welles, Billy Wilder, and Kar-Wai Wong.
more Recent Ratings
6% Mortal Kombat (2021) - May 06, 2021
"How much better would this garbage be if its creative minds had the notion to treat it appropriately? Every scene that doesn't feature Kano suffers the fatal(ity) flaw of self-seriousness, wherein a bunch of doofuses take outland(world)ish exposition at face value with little convincing, because everything is spread so thin and there just isn't time. The text and performances are bad, and the action choreography is fan-serviceable (good leg sweep gag). It did compel me to reinstall MK11, though."
93% Pépé le Moko (1937) - Apr 19, 2021
"Much has been made of this film's influence on everything from noir to neorealism, but what those typically dire forms failed to take is how utterly nonchalant this cops and robbers tale is. Within minutes Pepe and the gang gun down a gaggle of cops as if nothing ("it's good for the varicose veins"). How amusing, and how tremendously evocative of an exotic locale, the Casbah functioning at once as Pepe's cover and his cage, a labyrinth confounding the colonial forces of authority and tourism."
21% The Mystery Of D.B. Cooper (2020) - Apr 19, 2021
"A short runtime prevents this from being terribly comprehensive, failing to actually penetrate the psychology of all these people who see D.B. Cooper in the holes left by absent relatives and friends. It's a compelling idea."
46% Brave (2012) - Apr 19, 2021
"There is something to be said for its female protagonist who rejects the role carved out for her, but in effect the film itself doesn't contain that same spirit of rebellion, being rather indistinct from other typically enjoyable but formulaic mid-tier Pixar efforts."
46% Ratatouille (2007) - Apr 10, 2021
"It's pretty good, but not very exciting. An agreeable morality piece about elitism and aspirations, but not particularly insightful. Amusing, but not particularly laugh-out-loud hilarious. A sweet romance, but not very original."
46% Paris Belongs to Us (1961) - Apr 07, 2021
"Young angst and Hitchcockian motif are equally apocalyptic, each containing the specter of a world that seems to conspire against us. A compelling pastiche, bohemian and modern and suspenseful, but perhaps a bit overlong and, like all Macguffins, full of hot air."
75% Hiroshima (1953) - Apr 02, 2021
"Saccharine docudrama which is a far more effective depiction of mass devastation than the countless plastic disaster blockbusters we've all consumed. Apparently sharper and more acerbic than Kaneto Shindo's stab at the same material from the previous year, this film spares no condemnations for either Japanese dogma or American mercilessness. People suffer at the behest of nations."
6% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) - Apr 01, 2021
"I'm obviously not expecting Poetic Cinema, and indeed I've enjoyed the previous three films of this MonsterVerse, but the litany of absurdities have reached critical mass here. This movie is immeasurably fucking dumb, and the swath of concepts, characters, and plot threads being crammed into a mercifully reasonable runtime are tedious."
93% Two English Girls (1971) - Mar 22, 2021
"On social values and gender stations, and how these accommodate (or don't) the ebb and flow of young love and taboo carnal desires. Companion piece for, inverse of, and conspicuously referential to Jules and Jim, though whereas that film is bohemian and indulgent, this is rather bourgeois, but cozy and affectionate, thanks in no small part to the way Almendros captures stunning rural locales and a trio of heartbreaking performances."
46% The Thin Man (1934) - Mar 18, 2021
"The mystery isn't all that exciting, at least until a brilliant suspects-gathered finale, nor is it aesthetically very pleasing. It succeeds almost entirely by charm. The pre-code sauciness and eccentric chemistry between Loy and Powell have been this film's claim to fame, and rightfully so."