Movie Buff - 463 Film Ratings
Member Since: Apr 3, 2015
|85 89%||The Death of Stalin (2017) - Mar 22, 2019
"I don’t know who thought this was a good idea, but they were entirely right. The first half is a riotously effective comedy, slapstick and wit dancing heedlessly with absurdity. The second half is an equally effective chaotic political drama, still absurd but less easily comedic. Really well done in both halves."
|80 77%||The Dark Knight Rises (2012) - Mar 21, 2019
"The romances are nauseatingly insubstantial (unsurprising when you consider Nolan’s track record) and the police-rebel brawl is tacky and illogical, but the film as a whole is really compelling. Not everything in its glutted plot and enormous scope is given enough ground, but enough is fulfilled to make this an impressive picture, surprising, thrilling, and moving at turns."
|35 3%||Rambo (2008) - Mar 21, 2019
"I signed up to watch old Stallone rip apart some bad guys in the woods and instead had to sit through an hour and a half of gratuitous violence against Burmese villagers. To boot, the writing was exactly what I expected, and the film became unbearable long before it could even claim the legacy of its title. (DNF)"
|60 27%||Rampage (2018) - Mar 21, 2019
"It’s unapologetically daft and the kaiju sequence goes on for too long without the necessary presence of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, whose charisma is all that makes this film more than its concept (though Naomie Harris gets in a few good quips along the way). No one can say it isn’t stupid, but it’s almost as hard to say it isn’t fun either. At least for the most part."
|40 5%||Dracula Untold (2014) - Mar 20, 2019
"Plays like a poorly abridged version of an already weak story, leaping from point to point without development and from development to development without point, and not even the visuals are compelling."
|65 38%||Captain Marvel (2019) - Mar 11, 2019
"The story is perhaps the best to come out of the MCU, but the script failed to keep up, glossing over at best and pulverizing at worst every moment of humour or meaning. Luckily the big picture still has impact, and was cleverly surprising. Regrettably unsurprising, in the fine tradition of its genre, was the film’s bad CGI (though well done with Samuel L. Jackson). So, a mixed bag. A shame about Jude Law’s team of badasses, too. And the science guy. But that subversion … ¯_(ツ)_/¯"
|25 1%||Your Highness (2011) - Mar 06, 2019
"Objectively awful. (DNF)"
|70 49%||Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) - Mar 04, 2019
"A relatively rote documentary about an incredibly inspiring man. Even having not grown up with his programs, I was touched by his singular character and the simple beauty of his respect for children, and just about all people in general, as presented in the film. My only qualm with the documentary, in fact, is how clumsily it presented its beat on Mr. Rogers’ treatment of François Clemmons when the latter’s homosexuality was forced into the public eye."
|60 27%||Kull the Conqueror (1997) - Mar 04, 2019
"The pacing is awful, the characterization is worse, and the romance is worst of all, but it doesn’t rely on effects, there are some moments of genuine hilarity (“She’s a 3000 year-old sorceress” “She told me she was 19″; the climactic kiss), and it’s just generally an entertaining 90s sword-and-sorcery flick. Don’t take it seriously, watch it with friends, and you’ll have a good time."
|55 19%||Viking Destiny (2018) - Feb 28, 2019
"When you press play on a film named “Viking Destiny”, you know what you’re in for, and my expectations were completely fulfilled—but the lead looked badass in her terribly anachronistic lipstick, some of the fight choreography was actually entertaining, there were a few lovely shots, and the filmmakers didn’t stretch viewers’ patience with awful CG. So as far as movies with “Viking” in the title go, this one wasn’t bad."