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CosmicMonkey

Film Freak - 877 Film Ratings

Member Since: Apr 5, 2009

Location: Montreal, Canada

Age: 25

Bio: Hi! I like movies. I also like things that aren't movies. Like Cupcakes. and Corgies.

I don't review short films.

For increased precision and accuracy, I'm only ranking films I've seen since around early 2007.
more Recent Ratings
90 93% Rome, Open City (1945) - Jun 17, 2018
"Neo-realist? Nah, this feels more like straight up film noir to me. As cliche as it to call a film "ahead of its time," I can't help but keep thinking that if this film came out today it would still win the Palme d'Or. The greatest, most hypnotically terrifying depiction of the sheer terror and fear of living under a Fascist state ever put on screen, made only three months after the liberation of Rome itself. It pulled in me in from the beginning and didn't let go."
63 23% Thor: The Dark World (2013) - Jun 15, 2018
"My first thought was "well, it wasn't THAT bad", and then I remembered how mediocre I thought the first Thor was and that was a damn masterpiece compared to this. Passably watchable? I guess. But, if it wasn't for introducing the concept of infinity stones and The Collector, it would be a movie that's completely forgettable and skippable, with terrible dialogue, flat characters, the most one-sided MCU villain ever and a plot that requires more suspension of disbelief than is humanly possible. "
85 84% Children of Paradise (1945) - Jun 14, 2018
"I have a few minor issues (use of Blackface, unsatisying ending, unclear motivations for one of the characters), but on the whole, it's a beautiful, engaging & thoughtful film, that's far more mature and nuanced than its contemporaries. Arletty stole in the show in her role and all of the theatrical elements were fantastic; in fact, to date, it's best film about the theatre I've ever seen. It's impossible to watch this film and not come away with a newfound appreciation for the art of pantomime."
78 57% The World's End (2013) - Jun 09, 2018
"This film left me feeling really conflicted. I loved the clever script, constant foreshadowing, witty dialogue and Easter egg-heavy self-referentiality, but I hated the frat boy humour. I loved Wright's incredibly fun formalist style but hated the weird Red Scare narrative and individualistic philosophy behind the film. Simultaneously its both the most intelligent and most off-putting film of the Cornetto Trilogy. "
80 66% Mad Men (2007) - Jun 07, 2018
"30/50 for the story. 50/50 for the production design, because let's be honest, that's 50% of the reason why anyone watches this show in first place ."
88 90% Ivan the Terrible, Part Two (1958) - Jun 07, 2018
"I didn't really get what Eisenstein was going for during Part 1, but I totally got it this time around. The disparate parts come together perfectly to create an operatic medieval political drama, complete with melodramatic acting and campy musical numbers, expressionist production design, experimental cinematography and Marxist interpretation of history to justify its position as propaganda. It's a very weird and unique concept, but it 100% works and I loved almost every minute of it."
80 66% Ivan the Terrible, Part One (1944) - Jun 06, 2018
"Narratively it's little on the slow and incoherent side, but visually it's a feast, with Expressionistic set design, strong, experimental uses of shadows and composition in order convey additional subtext, a strong emphasis on symbolism and religious iconography, and clever editing. Both narratively and visually it's far more interesting than Eisenstein's other sound-film, Alexander Nevsky, and is less explicitly propagandistic as well."
75 49% The Silence (1998) - May 24, 2018
"Individually, many of the scenes are absolutely beautiful, and the way Makhmalbaf combines music and camerawork together is a wonder to behold, but taken together as whole, the great individual moments fail to create a narrative that is more than just mildly engaging. Also, I know none of the characters were played by professionals, but the lead child actor was still terrible, regardless."
80 66% Janelle MonĂ¡e: Dirty Computer (2018) - May 16, 2018
"It's not the feature-length theatrical ArchAndroid movie I've been dreaming of since I my ears first heard the sweet, funky sounds of Janelle Monae, but it's a decent enough consolation to fill the time while I wait. Not the best music she's ever made but the aesthetics and production design are absolutely-stunning (as should be expected from her.) It's cool to see her feminist afrofuturism morph into an intersectional feminist afro-pansexual-polyamorous futurism."
90 93% Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey (2014) - May 16, 2018
"A monumental and mesmerizing must-see experience. Simultaneously a cosmology for our modern age, an appeal to adults to look at the world through childlike curiosity and wonder and an almost religious and poetic exploration of man's place in the universe, this sets the high-bar for what adult-orientated educational programming and popular science should be."