Movie Buff - 430 Film Ratings
Member Since: Apr 3, 2015
|85 89%||Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) - Jan 17, 2019
"Everything works. The story is strong—well paced and constructed, and admirably shot as well. Rami Malek’s performance is phenomenal—nuanced, aching, and powerful—and all around him hold up their ends. And, perhaps as a matter of course, the music, and the staggeringly emotional recreation of the Live Aid performance especially, is magnificent. A fantastic, expansive, and intimate portrait of a very compelling character."
|55 18%||Revenger (2019) - Jan 16, 2019
"There are some really impressive moments—Bruce Khan is impossibly quick—but the majority of the action is squandered behind shaking cameras and cheap digital blood. To boot, the concept is so daft that belief cannot be suspended, the story is completely dull, and the bosses are unimpressive."
|65 37%||Vice (2018) - Jan 12, 2019
"It makes sure not to provoke any empathy for its subject, which along with the unique shifting styles and creative media vignettes used throughout makes this work better as an avant-garde documentary of the war on terror and Big Dick’s role in fathering ISIS than a character study. Indeed, until the film arrives at the new millennium it's so meandering and unfocused (thanks to constant cuts to black) it hardly kept my attention. But it's all of it unique, and I’m glad this shit is being told"
|60 26%||The Raid 2 (2014) - Jan 07, 2019
"The story fails to hold itself up and is on occasion even silly, but it’s all worth it for the final action sequence. The gruesome kitchen duel is especially riveting."
|50 12%||Dumplin' (2018) - Jan 07, 2019
"It’s slow and predictable and doesn’t have anything compelling to hold me in place. I imagine the payoff might pay dividends, but to get there one must slog through uninteresting characters and a disturbing amount of Dolly Parton (did she sign on to write new material only if her praise constituted X amount of the runtime?). (DNF)"
|75 62%||Mortal Engines (2018) - Jan 05, 2019
"Has its cheesy moments, the acting is inconsistent, and the pace is far *far* too quick for all that the film attempts to tackle, but any movie that takes such an unsubtle crack at colonialism and the warmongering of the Christian West (atop London, the greatest “predatory city”, rises St. Paul’s Cathedral, a literal weapon of mass destruction)—and pointedly features a diverse, badass cast—is a movie for me. And it’s fun and unique to boot."
|70 49%||Ong-Bak 2: The Beginning (2008) - Jan 04, 2019
"Has a certain visual panache, thanks in part to a setting and culture rarely (if ever) seen on Western screens, and the fight choreography is staggering: creative, diverse, and excellently captured. The story, though … at best, it’s forgotten and ignored. At worst, it’s nonsensical. But when the lead speaks hardly three lines in the whole film, you know where the focus is—and there, the film delivers."
|50 12%||Terminal (2018) - Jan 04, 2019
"It certainly has style—the lighting is quite pretty—but the script comes across like the debut screenplay of a mature twelve year-old and the director fails to salvage anything from it; also, Margot Robbie comically fails to be anything but Australian."
|70 49%||Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003) - Jan 03, 2019
"It’s ugly and the music is awful, but it’s earnest, effective, and surprisingly funny. And the main event … Tony Jaa is superhuman. The slow-motion replays are extraordinarily cheesy and cheap, but the filmmakers weren’t wrong; I wanted to see his incredible athleticism from every angle. For the combat alone, this film is eminently worth watching."
|45 7%||Incredibles 2 (2018) - Jan 01, 2019
"Dated in every way, from the “screens are bad” message to the stay-at-home dad trope to the visual style. The textures are in high definition, but that just gives it an uncanny creepiness. This was the best they could come up with in fourteen years? There was no heart, no stakes, and no creativity present in this outing. Disappointing."