Flick Fan - 84 Rankings
Member Since: Nov 27, 2016
|3 T1||Colossal (2016) - Apr 09, 2017
"In the age of sequels, reboots and spinoffs, it's important to champion original, new ideas. But movies like this are why the studios keep making sequels. Timecrimes was an incredible movie, so perhaps the pressure of a studio budget got to Vigalondo, but there is no passion in the way this is written or produced. For such an out-there, bizarre concept, the movie feels flat, bland and boring. I'm hopeful Vigalondo can return with a better movie, but this one is a huge disappointment."
|6 T2||Doctor Strange (2016) - Apr 02, 2017
"An extremely bland movie, saved only by its unique visual effects. Stephen Strange is most of all bland. He's supposed to be egotistical, but he's a surgeon who saves lives. They try really hard to make him an asshole, but he's still likable. They couldn't crack his character and as a result the whole movie feels uninspired. The Dormamu design was uninspired, the Ancient One was kind of boring, everything to do with Strange's hands was just dull. But he could be interesting in an ensemble..."
|6 T2||Power Rangers (2017) - Apr 02, 2017
"As a childhood fan of Power Rangers, I cut this film a lot of slack. It looks like the filmmakers took some time to dig a little deeper than an audience would expect, but I wish they had dug even more. Rita's entire subplot is very thin in both purpose and motivation. The history of the Rangers with Zordon is interesting but should have been explored better. The rangers were almost stereotypes. But there was some fun to be had here and hints at an interesting future. A nice movie, wanted more"
|7 T3||T2 Trainspotting (2017) - Mar 25, 2017
"What was the impetus for this film? Apparently, they liked the first one so much, they decided to make a sequel about all the good parts from the original. There didn't feel like new insights, new harsh revelations of life like the original. This isn't a bad movie and quite enjoyable, but this didn't seem to add to the mythos of the first. At best, this is a strong footnote, an amendment worth the time, but it won't leave the same mark on your memory or emotions."
|9 T7||28 Days Later (2002) - Mar 18, 2017
"After having watched this for like the 10th time, the power and experience haven't waned. Focusing on a very small group of survivors and filming huge, empty urban areas without the tool of CGI, Boyle creates an intimate story of survival in a world already past the brink of collapse. Not so much a revolutionary film as an enjoyable and exciting movie that can be rewatched endlessly. Brendan Gleeson is a standout, the 3rd act doesn't compare to the first two, but I still love this movie."
|9 T7||Logan (2017) - Mar 11, 2017
"What if someone said, "Fuck all X-Men continuity and the cutesy superpower bullshit. Let's make it a bleak dystopian western where anyone could die." And thus, this movie - an exhilarating ride from start to finish. The climax in the woods can't live up to the escape from the Prof. X's hideaway near the beginning, but it's still pretty damn interesting. X-23 is a very interesting character, Patrick Stewart is at his best, Stephen Merchant is great, and Hugh Jackman delivers career best."
|8 T5||Beginners (2011) - Mar 11, 2017
"Sometimes it feels like Mills gets lost in still-image tangents. Sometimes it feels like Mills uses a unique language to connect the audience to an emotional truth only cinema can fully reveal. There's nothing not to like about this movie, it just seems like Mills could have done even more. Perhaps investigate more of the realities of relationship, beyond the meet cute (specifically with the younger couple). The talking dog didn't do a whole lot for me. Still, a delightful movie."
|5 T1||Kong: Skull Island (2017) - Mar 11, 2017
"There's a vaguely interesting premise in here - Vietnam-era soldiers sent to the infamous Skull Island. The image is inherently fascinating, so much so that every poster is a rip off of Apocalypse Now. Beyond that single thought, everything else here is derivative, boring and chock full of endless exposition. It gets a few points for an OK iteration of Kong and for Sam Jackson, but the director makes SLJ do his usual SLJ trope, which is a waste of a fine actor."
|9 T7||Get Out (2017) - Feb 26, 2017
"A great mix of suspense, horror and laugh-out-loud comedy, Jordan Peele proves to be a very capable director as well as writer. It's surprising how many laughs are in this movie, despite an overall sense of dread and fear. Just an enjoyable movie."
|5 T1||Dogtooth (2009) - Feb 23, 2017
"Going into this, I didn't realize that this film is like a series of events or incidences, not even episodic. Having adored the storytelling in The Lobster, I found this film difficult to relate to or even understand. The absurdity and dead-pan acting is a purposeful distancing mechanism, but instead of gracefully augmenting my experience, it just created a wall. There were funny moments and the concept is quite interesting, but I wish he explored it as well as he did love in The Lobster."