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Nathan S

Cinema Addict - 2227 Film Ratings

Member Since: Nov 8, 2006

Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

Age: 29

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, Werner Herzog, Alfred Hitchcock, Buster Keaton, Masaki Kobayashi, Hirokazu Kore-eda, 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
47% The Philadelphia Story (1940) - Oct 18, 2019
"Consistently amusing, occasionally laugh-out-loud hilarious, and always very watchable. The three leads are good, of course, but it reaches its greatest heights when Stewart is on screen. Still, I don't feel quite as strongly for it as its glowing reputation might suggest."
76% In a Lonely Place (1950) - Oct 17, 2019
"There is little doubt regarding the murder mystery, but that's a bit of plottiness peripheral to this film's primary concern as a character piece. Any way you slice it, Dix is the guiltiest guy who ever lived. He is preceded by a loaded reputation, and rightfully so. Masculinity is often subverted or come undone in films noir, but there's something special here; perhaps simply that Bogart didn't often portray as vulnerable or unsympathetic. The text is sharp, but occasionally overwrought."
93% Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922) - Oct 09, 2019
"Psychoanalyst, cardsharp, kingpin of organized crime, and practitioner of mind control. Mabuse might be a cartoon villain if the material weren't treated with such seriousness. Of course it is: this is Lang, and as such its depictions of malice and madness are especially dark, and its evocation of a criminal underworld is demonstrated with dazzling design and effects. Yes, it could be trimmed a bit, but the overall and lasting impression is of being Lang's first masterpiece."
93% Day of Wrath (1943) - Sep 26, 2019
"Denied by Dreyer to be a parable of Nazi occupation, and indeed its religious text is richer than mere allegory, but it's not an unjust interpretation. In any case, this depiction of spiritual anguish beneath the weight of repressive authoritarian moral codes is amplified by the severity of Dreyer's ascetic perspective. Its slow burn is mesmerizing, scattered with tantalizing moments when it seems the devil's hand may actually be at play."
76% Dead Ringers (1988) - Sep 13, 2019
"Jesus Christ. Shit. What the fuck. This film's descent is so gradual, and eventually so extreme, that it requires some effort to process, or even to stomach, these appalling and terrible exhibitions. The brutalist architecture and mise-en-scene is off-putting, alien, revolting: a perfect habitat for this pair of co-dependent sociopaths. Jeremy Irons deserves every ounce of praise he's received for this performance (these performances)."
76% Non Fiction (2018) - Sep 12, 2019
"On zeitgeists and cultural tipping points, the commerce of art, the value we ascribe artefacts, and the increasingly digital world. The lineage from Summer Hours, Clouds of Sils Maria, and Personal Shopper is clear. Moreso a debt to Rohmer's particular style of high-minded and conversational cinema, which is mercifully lightened with easy-going tone and grounded characterization, being as much about social aptitude and sex lives. Its optimism is nice."
93% Our Little Sister (2015) - Aug 30, 2019
"Familial affection utterly and unrepentantly affirmed. Few movies are as good-natured and comforting, and few directors are as capable of earning this sanguine appeal as Kore-eda, who writes characters with formative, lived dimensions. This depiction of a support system of which most can only dream would be remiss if the treatment were further from the ground, but this director's pedigree for a more inconspicuous dramatic style is known. Small plot, big feeling."
22% Police Story 2 (1988) - Aug 23, 2019
"A little plottier, less concerned with comedic relief, and pretty much completely abandoning the self-effacing characterization of Ka-kui. It still features a lot of fun choreography, but even on that front its bravado is less striking. It's just largely missing the personality which made the first film feel so much more special."
76% Police Story (1985) - Aug 22, 2019
"The cops-and-crooks script is fluff, but we all know why we're here. This movie is so silly and so cool. What an immensely watchable combination of ingenuity and guts: the brains to design these set pieces, and the balls to execute them. Jackie Chan is a mad man, and it's often been repeated only because it's so true that he most closely resembles that maddest of all men, Buster Keaton."
47% Night on Earth (1991) - Aug 12, 2019
"Its filmic pleasures are plenty: a worldly travelogue of urban nocturne, a collection of entertaining performances, a fun and funny disposition. But I have reservations about this "it takes all kinds" mentality, which strains to apoliticize characters and often translates into a naive and frustrating lack of empathy. The Paris episode in particular is borderline offensive. Rome is obnoxious, but Los Angeles, New York, and Helsinki are more successful, to varying degrees."