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Nathan S

Cinema Addict - 2125 Film Ratings

Member Since: Nov 8, 2006

Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

Age: 27

Gender: Male

Status: Attached

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, Paul Thomas Anderson, 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, Hayao Miyazaki, 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.
more Recent Ratings
77% Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008) - Jun 19, 2018
"Here is a testament for wholeheartedness over technical limitation, and even so, a demonstration of a sophisticated understanding of editing. Most true crime stories focus on the heinousness of an act, and certainly no shock and awe is spared here, but mostly we dwell with the grief of victims. It's heartbreaking."
77% The Manchurian Candidate (1962) - Jun 14, 2018
"Few mainstream American films have dared to engage the heat of the moment in the same manner as The Manchurian Candidate. No punches are pulled in this conspiracy thriller-cum-satire, a far-fetched ridicule of the red scare at the apex of American and Soviet tension. It is a gutsy film, not only for its time, but still exhibiting the entertaining draw of complete audacity. It's not unjustified to say that its most relevant companion piece is that titan of all political satire, Dr. Strangelove."
23% The Ocean Waves (1993) - Jun 05, 2018
"It's not offensively terrible, but it is a frustrating melodrama populated by stubborn and bratty characters. Sure, they're high school kids, but I don't think that's the point."
6% Saturn 3 (1980) - May 25, 2018
"Stanley Donen, Kirk Douglas, Farrah Fawcett, and Harvey Keitel?! Douglas gets naked, trips balls on space drugs, and is banging Fawcett, who wears rather inappropriate garb for science on Saturn's moon. Keitel's weird mechanical performance, he stares directly into a dog's butthole. Gigantic killer robot neutered with a teeny head and googly eyes. WHAT THE FUCK EVEN IS THIS MOVIE?! One hopes for trashy fun, but alas it's just trash. Perhaps Carpenter or De Palma could've made something of this."
94% Only Yesterday (1991) - May 24, 2018
"Well if this isn't the sweetest thing I've ever seen. Gentle, lyrical. Lovely and leisurely. An utterly charming sense of humor. Nostalgic of formative experiences, both the warm and the troubling, and the fulfillment of self-reflection and realization. Sympathetic of a woman's place in the world, from puberty to adulthood, and containing beautiful renderings of the Japanese countryside, but ultimately it feels universal."
77% Ghost in the Shell (2017) - May 22, 2018
"Recycling a good deal of imagery from Mamoru Oshii's two renditions, and only occasionally looking tacky, here is a surprisingly splendid realization of this franchise's aesthetic. It seems quite international to me, though how much of that was damage control I cannot say. Nevertheless, a sound-if-not-subtle depiction of solipsist philosophies and techno-anxiety in a conglomerate-dystopia, though in the end it unfortunately renders down into a few trite truisms about "Our Humanity.""
94% The Wind Rises (2013) - May 11, 2018
"Always preoccupied with the ideals of dreamers in a cruel world, and obsessed with aviation as transcendence, this fictionalized biopic seems a parabolic autobiography of the director himself. A reconciliation of pacifist conviction with national identity. Perhaps saccharine, but infectiously good-natured. There is a level of serenity here that only the Japanese seem able to attain. Even if it's not Miyazaki's coda, it carries the bittersweet air of culmination."
48% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) - May 10, 2018
"Doubles down on the first film's vibrancy and excess with great enthusiasm. It's all more than a little ridiculous. This criminal underworld is so fraught with the strained affectations of formal gangsterism that it becomes comedy. The bullet ballet is better than ever, a complete mastery of rhythm and spacing, complementing its (ir)reverence of Woo and Melville now with a tribute to The Lady from Shanghai."
48% Identification of a Woman (1982) - May 10, 2018
"Its muted, intangible sense of paranoia is communicated with a strange sense of timing. Some events occur deliberately off-screen, significant periods pass in a single cut, and it's unclear that it actually begins in-media-res until well in. Perhaps it drags during the second half, but it's not as if there's any particular waypoint to lose. Obscurity and elusiveness are its very heart and soul, it just might lack the level of cinematic ingenuity which sustains Antonioni's best films."
48% To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) - May 04, 2018
"One of the great Los Angeles portraits: a flamboyant theater of the absurd and sordid. What better venue for such reckless abandon, a tale of cops who, in their bloodthirst for vengeance, operate above, below, and around the law, scribbling the thin blue line as it suits them best. It's too bad, then, how wildly inappropriate the Wang Chung soundtrack is, always seeming to kick in and alleviate the film of seriousness when it's needed the most."