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Nathan S

Cinema Addict - 2290 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% Italianamerican (1974) - Sep 24, 2020
"A kernel of insight into this filmmaker's pathology and preoccupation for stories about the Catholic Italian-American identity. The Scorsese family tree, for posterity. So beautifully personal and intimate. A two-fold time capsule, granting a brief glimpse of Little Italy-turned-Chinatown in 1974, from which stories of an even older world are recalled."
46% The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (1958) - Sep 02, 2020
"Celebration of man's transcendent harness of science and technology, and lament for those who would corrupt. This film's engraved illustration aesthetic and wild effects are an absolute treat. The blend of live action with cut outs, puppetry, and stop motion is a clear precursor to Gilliam. Unfortunate that the characterizations and narrative are less fulfilling, which means this might be better if it were a purely abstract audiovisual experience, or even just a silent film."
46% Gorky Park (1983) - Aug 27, 2020
"If one can stomach the Western propaganda, the shoehorned romantic tropes, an awkward soundtrack, and Hurt's English accent - which all sounds like a lot tolerate, I know - this is a fairly decent and watchable conspiracy thriller."
46% From the Life of the Marionettes (1980) - Aug 17, 2020
"Recognizably Bergman, with strong performances and many striking images, but it's a bit stilted and clinical."
93% 4 Little Girls (1997) - Aug 05, 2020
"In his stirring and sometimes inflammatory depictions of racial inequality, and a sympathy for the hearts who have borne the burden of the black experience in America, one of Spike Lee's consistently tremendous proficiencies has been montage. It lends well to works of essay and documentary, and culminates here into something especially deep felt."
75% Week End (1967) - Aug 03, 2020
"For as much as this film explicitly references Bunuel and Fellini, its microcosmic allegory of a crumbling society also reminds me of (and precedes) Night of the Living Dead. It is positively wacky. The humor is dark and the set pieces are outrageous. Only in the final act does it begin to try my patience, as Godard's exploratory and scattershot spiels tend to do, but in general this is an entertaining evisceration of bourgeois attitudes."
75% Knives Out (2019) - Jul 31, 2020
"What truly elevates this whodunnit is the sober recognition that the ideas registered herein as comic absurdities are not in actuality so far-fetched. Certainly these are caricatures - and very entertaining ones at that - but the resemblance is plain to see. There are entire swaths of people who blissfully have no regard for privilege and caste until it no longer suits them. It's a case of affluenza which draws as much from The Rules of the Game as it does Clue, Christie, and Hitchcock."
93% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) - Jul 16, 2020
"The poet's choice cannot be made without having known to begin with the lover's predicament. The imprint of a figure, a face, a time and place. The formative wellspring from which experience is inscribed into art. This film's generally mannered restraint amplifies the potency of several striking images and sequences."
75% Cesta do pravěku (1955) - Jul 14, 2020
"Perhaps not quite as sophisticated as Disney or Harryhausen, but the holistic effect of imagination on display here is very neat and enchanting. The insatiable quests for adventure and knowledge make it easy to place between Verne and being a sort of proto-Spielberg."
75% Scanners (1981) - Jul 07, 2020
"Companion piece to De Palma's The Fury. The corporate espionage and gruesome effects are fun. Stephen Lack is plain awful in the lead role, but otherwise this movie is rad. A bit of trashy pulp which might have been further elevated if its ideas about the evolutionary ubermensch bore out more than rough sketches lost in the systemic details of plot and sometimes plodding pace. I still appreciate the hints of transhumanism, and it even points the way to the man-machine interfaces of cyberpunk."