Movie Buff - 318 Film Rankings
Member Since: Apr 3, 2015
|70 T5||Annihilation (2018) - Mar 19, 2018
"There’s a lot going on inside this film. The visuals , the performances, and the developing experience within the Shimmer-ed everglades worked—the story and presentation was tense, beautiful, and awful in turn—but the flash-forwards were utterly useless except to water down the actual substance of the film and the climax was questionable in vision and purpose. In the end the film just felt a little empty despite its diverse content, though it was undeniably bold and provocative."
|65 T4||A Perfect Getaway (2009) - Mar 18, 2018
"The early atmosphere crackles with tense anticipation as the film slowly builds to its clever reveal, but when it comes it is just about completely undermined by a cheap and insulting flashback sequence. Which is an especial shame because there are clues and hints enough in the build-up to give real reward to the reveal until the satisfaction is stolen from the viewer and stomped upon."
|80 T8||Brooklyn (2015) - Mar 14, 2018
"The first half of the film is a gorgeous, emotional journey painted in lovely colour. Then the film’s lifeblood dilutes, the soundtrack becomes invasive, and while Domhnall Gleeson really can win over my loyalty without batting an eye the insertion of a love triangle of man as well as country seemed frustratingly unnecessary. But those first few acts . . . achingly precious, beautifully filmed, and Saoirse Ronan gives a very winning performance."
|90 T10||Lady Bird (2017) - Mar 05, 2018
"Everything works. Warm nostalgia pervades the cinematography, the music, and the designs; the editing enhances the brilliantly written humour and poignancy in turn; and the characters are often exaggerated but always effective, and carried through pitch-perfect performances. Hilarious and effecting."
|40 T1||Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) - Mar 04, 2018
"Utter garbage. Characters battle each other with less motivation than "...Civil War", which I thought was untouchably idiotic, and much of the choreography is either very stilted or very obviously computered. The plot, inane; the characters, unlikeable; the length, very dreary. An unpleasant film with only two redeeming features, one of whom everybody mentions. The other is simply an occasionally pretty visual."
|80 T8||Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) - Mar 01, 2018
"Essentially a collection of themed vignettes. Utterly iconic, incredibly quotable, but does require one to be in a certain mindset to wholly enjoy it due to its format."
|75 T6||Good Time (2017) - Feb 25, 2018
"The actors, particularly Robert Pattinson in the lead role, give such strong, human performances that their unlikeability and the claustrophobic closeness of the cinematography does not repulse but draws in, and the film is a taut, if sometimes curiously paced, thriller."
|50 T2||Rat Race (2001) - Feb 19, 2018
"It's incredibly crammed with jokes, but only a precious few hit home (most of those thanks to the inimitable Rowan Atkinson). Most of the others are just ... yelling or discomfort."
|70 T5||Black Panther (2018) - Feb 19, 2018
"Its many compelling elements and storylines were not given much room to breathe, which diminished their cohesive appeal, and much of the CGI was dodgy, but the badass women, the great cast, and the exciting colour and fresh imagery still lifts this film above much of its peers."
|55 T2||Jurassic World (2015) - Feb 17, 2018
"Trade a few hundred million dollars of its budget for a group of coeds and this movie is classic B-movie schlock. There was no feeling of magic or adventure and a baffling lack of family fun. I mean, I can enjoy a grand ould B-movie now and again, I was just surprised to have picked one with a Hollywood budget."