Cinema Addict - 2055 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||Johnny Guitar (1954) - Sep 19, 2017
"Is it inexplicably titled after a secondary male character to soothe egos threatened by a surprising display of impotence? See Crowther's review: "No more femininity comes from her than from the rugged Mr. Heflin in Shane. For the lady, as usual, is as sexless as the lions on the public library steps, and as sharp and romantically forbidding as a package of unwrapped razorblades." What a bold, often eccentric middle finger to genre and gender conventions. Crawford is pretty spectacular."
|4 T8||Mouchette (1967) - Sep 13, 2017
"Poor Mouchette, deprived of childhood, womanhood, personhood. Solitude and obligation are her only frames of reference, and each time she glimpses a light at the end of the tunnel, it is snuffed out with unwavering cruelty. What a sad and beautiful film."
|2 T3||It (2017) - Sep 11, 2017
"The scary clown motif is annoying, difficult to take seriously, and in this case our film wants to have its cake and eat it too: Its form is a clown, but It is also shapeless, whatever It needs to be at any time, so what is the thematic horror? A child's imagination? Darkest fears? Deepest demons? All of them, apparently, and each represented less effectively in the deluge. It always inevitably boils down to familiar jump scare sequences. The kids have some entertaining banter, at least."
|3 T6||The Wailing (2016) - Sep 05, 2017
"An imaginative stroll through fairly basic eldritch Good versus Evil territory. Its eastern shamanism is strange and exotic to western eyes, but the essential universality of its theistic melodrama is portrayed in the inclusion of Christian characters and iconography. A creepy, curious film, though perhaps it could be a little tighter, trimmed a little shorter, and less concerned with comedic relief which only dilutes the mood."
|3 T6||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - Aug 29, 2017
"Much like The Force Awakens, Rogue One is altogether too grounded in a foundation of nostalgia and fan service. Interestingly enough, the pros and cons of each film seem diametrically opposed: the retread injected with compelling new faces, and the more singularly toned war film with barely a note of individual personality. That one has character, this one has theme, both have some pretty spectacular action adventure antics, and the wheels are spinning, but at this rate we're going nowhere fast."
|3 T6||Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967) - Aug 25, 2017
"Add "shamisen virtuoso" to the long list of Ichi's superhuman abilities. This is a darker episode, very violent, and with a few beautiful passages thanks in large part to Miyagawa's cinematography. The pacifist ronin and the two-faced yakuza boss are each good supporting characters, but I feel that they are separate subplots not integrated very organically."
|4 T8||Prince of the City (1981) - Aug 22, 2017
"Demands comparison to Serpico, but Lumet differentiates this crack at administrative corruption largely in the cast of its protagonist: Ciello is a reluctant hero, complicit in crime and bothered by a guilty conscious, sacrificing his identity for his redemption, but doomed to forever live with a lingering cloud. So its morality is a little more complex, but it's also a bit inelegant, and doesn't feature the singular performance that the previous film boasts. Regardless, a great movie."
|1 T1||Teen Wolf (1985) - Aug 14, 2017
"For some reason I was under the impression that this is supposed to be a good movie."
|3 T6||The Devil's Backbone (2001) - Aug 13, 2017
"Plenty of really compelling gothic imagery to carry this otherwise so-so mystery/thriller to its conclusion."
|4 T8||Enter the Void (2010) - Aug 13, 2017
"Unique take on first-person filming, a device I'm not very enamored with, but this ambition is a thing to behold. An elaborate visual adventure, for its fluidity, color, and rather unconventional choices, like being filmed largely from directly overhead or over-the-shoulder of the protagonist. I guess most recreational drug use is spurred by a desire to experience some form of transcendence, so the spiritual equation of drugs with death - or more pertinently, rebirth - doesn't seem far-fetched."