Film Freak - 536 Film Ratings
Member Since: Apr 3, 2015
|80 77%||The Farewell (2019) - Nov 15, 2019
"Never quite captured me fully, but certainly held me by the hand and led me softly. Contemplative and quietly moving. Moments of humour flavour a consistent heartache played subtly by Awkwafina and the cast around her. While it never altered me profoundly, I think it will sit in my mind for some time."
|60 28%||Ping Pong Playa (2007) - Nov 15, 2019
"It’s not polished, and it’s not even a gem, but what fun is a colourful rock anyway? The film is kind of like a plastic toy that lasts for one day of true entertainment before it breaks. Poorly made, sure, but it’s funny and heartfelt."
|75 63%||The Phantom of the Opera (2004) - Nov 14, 2019
"The score is absolutely enthralling—haunting, bombastic, and exquisite in turns—and the vocal performances are without a weak link. Moving from number to number, however, it is up to the viewer to fill in the gaps of story and development, and that’s just not my cup of tea. The face reveal and inconsistent makeup design leaves a lot to be desired, as well, but the whole experience is certainly more than saved by the music."
|90 95%||Parasite (2019) - Nov 04, 2019
"A superb screenplay brought to life without a single error or misstep. Nail-biting tension follows hilarious comedy follows seething social commentary, and it’s all incredibly effective. Expectations are subverted, shattered, and then ingeniously delivered upon; details are introduced and reused in endlessly surprising ways; and the performances are excellent, the direction is tight, and the cinematography is strong. A masterful picture."
|85 89%||The Addams Family (1991) - Nov 01, 2019
"Julia and Huston truly do have crackling chemistry, and the film is consistently hilarious. Ingeniously subversive, often in the simplest ways."
|80 77%||El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) - Oct 31, 2019
"Neither the film nor the character can stand on their own, but El Camino works very well as an epilogue for fans of the television programme. Aaron Paul continues to bring profound nuance to Jesse, and there is nothing in this film to disappoint. The plot is tense, the cinematography unique and engaging, the flashbacks rewarding."
|80 77%||Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) - Oct 26, 2019
"The existential layers, the labyrinthine palace, the whip-smart performances, beautiful cherub Gary Oldman … Incredibly creative and endlessly clever. Uniquely enjoyable."
|85 89%||The Lighthouse (2019) - Oct 26, 2019
"The two leads are spectacular and the environment is a superb third player. While perhaps a titch overlong, the maddening repetition, brilliant cinematography, and depths of symbolism and countering lampshades contribute to a memorable and thrilling picture."
|35 4%||Sorceress (1982) - Oct 25, 2019
"Terribly, terribly bad, but in enough of the right ways to be entertaining. The dubbing, the celestial disembodied face, the fact that the costume department thought Russian hats were enough to disguise women as men … Yeah, it’s an experience."
|65 39%||Aladdin (2019) - Oct 21, 2019
"I was pleasantly surprised. The fake monkey is terrifying and blue Will Smith is appalling, but the sets and costumes are lavish and vivid and Mena Massoud is terrifically charismatic. To boot, of all the empowerment attempts awkwardly shoehorned into recent Disney remakes, Jasmine’s actually meant something to the story (even if it still felt kinda forced and coldly corporate). A pretty fun flick."