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Nathan S

Cinema Addict - 2312 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, 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
93% Amore (1948) - Jan 19, 2021
"The Human Voice is good; Magnani single-handedly carries a sad, increasingly melodramatic, and transfixing chamber monologue. The Miracle, on the other hand, is among the absolute greatest work Fellini and Rossellini ever put forth, either together or separately. What a completely devastating portrait of devout misgivings, of the hypocritical cruelty society inflicts upon the damned, be they in mind, body, or spirit. It's heartbreaking."
46% Elsa la rose (1965) - Jan 18, 2021
"A love letter between two old lovers, poets and artists in their own right, facilitated by a filmmaker who was rather talented with montage. There are certainly more cynical ways to pass 20 minutes."
46% Les créatures (1966) - Jan 15, 2021
"Even by Varda's avant-garde standards, this is a particularly strange and beguiling piece. An allegory - perhaps a bit of a tedious one, especially in the first half - about creators and creations, and the machinations of fate and its practitioners, who might be either gods or monsters. How fitting that it's dedicated to Jacques Demy, who of course made his reputation on characters who live and love by the whims of circumstances beyond their control."
46% Kong: Skull Island (2017) - Jan 14, 2021
"All of these 'Nam tropes are kitschy and uninspired when they're being played straight, which is unfortunately half of the movie. At least until Reilly enters the proceedings, goofing up the scenery and doing samurai shit, and this film finally embraces ridiculousness on a level I can feel good about. Lots of neat set pieces, and a fun incarnation of Kong himself."
93% Claudine (1974) - Jan 07, 2021
"For most of the duration I couldn't wipe the big goofy grin from my face, which I suppose means at the very least a successful romantic comedy. But this film's true elevating powers are its warm depictions of a black community in a specific time and place, and a cognizance of economic disparity, welfare indignity, and plain discrimination against black parenthood, which are realities that unfortunately can't yet be deposited into the time capsule with Jones's wardrobe."
75% A Bloody Spear on Mount Fuji (1955) - Jan 06, 2021
"Somewhat belied by a gruesome title (which does eventually come to fruition), here is an unexpected treat: largely lighthearted and with a quaint juvenile sense of humor. All the more surprising when its final act lands with a pathos about the road being a great equalizer, where travelers of various castes commiserate in their respective endeavors. What an endearing ensemble of characters. As in many other great samurai films, the customs of hierarchies are rejected."
93% Nights of Cabiria (1957) - Jan 05, 2021
"Poor Cabiria, whose entire existence seems to consist of a string of disappointments. It is a hint of irony that her greatest tragedy is an undying resilience. What an infectious joy in her smile (of course, much has been said of Masina's expressions), but it can't entirely conceal the bittersweet undertone of her perpetual victimhood."
75% The Day of the Jackal (1973) - Dec 28, 2020
"A finely tuned, ticking time bomb of a film."
75% If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death (1968) - Dec 09, 2020
"There are so many different people, factions, double crosses, and dead bodies that it's a bit hard to decipher exactly what's going on other than, of course, they all want the gold. But if one is content with a spaghetti western to simply be full of character and bravado, then this movie is cool as hell."
93% Pulse (2001) - Dec 09, 2020
"It might be easy to dismiss this film over platitudes about how the internet has turned us into the walking dead, but it does altogether feel more significant than that. On loneliness and suicide, and how interiorized existential threats turn into social malady in a connected world. The imagery here just absolutely fucks me up. This is one of the most terrifying films I've ever seen."