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Nathan S

Cinema Addict - 2190 Film Ratings

Member Since: Nov 8, 2006

Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

Age: 28

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, 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
76% Only Angels Have Wings (1939) - Mar 14, 2019
"Classic Golden Age stuff, by turns melodramatic, adventurous, and romantic, all with a sense of humor. A few things elevate it. The evocation of its exotic locale: tropical, nocturnal, foggy, wet, and dangerous. A preoccupation with the strange cult of masculine rituals and codes - and the tiny gestures where these hardened facades tenderize. The aerial photography is exciting, and the miniature effects have aged relatively well and convincing. It's all a lot of fun."
94% Still Walking (2008) - Mar 13, 2019
"A long, hot summer day in a small town on the Japanese coast. Surrounded by loved ones in a cozy family home. A bountiful spread of food. The soft acoustic score. These disarming comforts ensure the undercurrent of resentment is all the more heartbreaking, but this is by no stretch a bitter film. It's warm and inviting, a modest poignancy about the way we take people and time for granted. This could all very well be a gross and sentimental truism in the hands of a less adept, sincere director."
48% All These Women (1964) - Mar 06, 2019
"Well, this is quite unexpected. Bergman himself dismissed The Virgin Spring as Kurosawa imitation, and now here is a trifle attempted in the mold of Fellini: theater of the absurd, a cavalcade of grotesque caricature and low comedy. It is sometimes laugh out loud funny, but just as often it takes a few steps too many toward obnoxious and tiresome antics. I don't think it's outright bad, but its staying power is not much to speak of."
48% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) - Mar 03, 2019
"Difficult to take merely at face value, or to view as a narrative experience rather than as an artifact. This sleeping dog is not allowed to lie. Even thirty years after his death, Welles's images spew forth from the id, reinterpreted by collaborators and time. His legacy is only partially his own. The Other Side of the Wind is perhaps a spoof of avant-garde "new" cinema, but it is itself quite radical in form and function. It's interesting, at least, but it's also a bit tedious and incoherent."
76% After the Storm (2016) - Mar 01, 2019
"Not until halfway through, when the film turns from light comedy into a confessional chamber drama, does its poignancy really land. The steady build is important to that feeling of closure. As the wisened grandmother observes, a typhoon is ultimately refreshing. With gentleness and simplicity, Kore-eda recognizes that things don't always turn out; a reconciliation between who one wishes to be and who one actually is."
76% Nocturama (2016) - Feb 17, 2019
"Despite their discontent with status quo, nevertheless this generation has no other refuge than the consumer's paradise thrust upon them. How effective can insurgency be when the rebels are indistinguishable from the mannequins in the department stores they seek to destroy? The cloister of materialism draws explicitly from Dawn of the Dead, and the metaphor is still just as easy, but I think the subject matter and perspective make this something to really chew on."
76% Hereditary (2018) - Feb 02, 2019
"Grief tears great gaping holes, and the attempts to fill them reveal the most severe secrets, pressures, anxieties, and demons. It's a cliche to invoke The Shining for each excellent modern horror piece, but in this film's nervy depiction of familial agitation, the comparison seems appropriate. It's a dreadful movie, its terrors closer to the ground than more standard entries into this genre, at least until it crescendos during the last act into something outrageous and totally fucking metal."
76% Samaritan Zatoichi (1968) - Feb 01, 2019
"Yeah, it's another damsel in distress, and another bunch of cruel yakuza, and another mysterious ronin. But truthfully, this is one of the more playful, flamboyant, and amusing permutations of the formula which this series only rarely strays from."
76% Summer Interlude (1951) - Jan 30, 2019
"The days always feel stronger after they're gone, for better and for worse. Certain elements of this first love romance might seem quaint or naive in anybody else's hands, but here Bergman is truly budding: that distinct affliction of melancholia, a fascination with theater and role play, stark photographic representations of seclusion, countryside idylls. Perhaps it doesn't reach the heights of sophistication his later works often attained, but this simplicity is beautiful."
6% Reindeer Games (2000) - Jan 25, 2019
"I only watched this because I needed a palate cleanser, and I was interested to see just how low Frankenheimer, who directed a few movies I really love, had sunk. It's a real stinker."