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CosmicMonkey

Cinema Addict - 1178 Film Ratings

Member Since: Apr 5, 2009

Location: Montreal, Canada

Age: 28

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.

Letterboxd: CosmicMonkey
more Recent Ratings
60 17% The Bucket List (2007) - May 08, 2021
"The movie features the characters talking about the Bucket List way more than them actually doing the Bucket List, which would've been okay if the dialogue was interesting, but it's mostly empty, meaningless Hollywood floof. The ending redeemed the film a little bit, but not enough to lift the movie out of mediocrity."
63 21% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) - May 07, 2021
"While it's not as bad as it's reputation suggests, this movie feels like a lot of wasted opportunity. It could've either leaned fully into it's B-movie heritage and fully embraced the fantastically pulpy plot about "1950s Psychic Communist Aliens," or this could've been an IJ modernized for the next generation, confronting the franchise's own racist legacy and passing the torch to a hip, young new protagonist. By doing neither, it makes this film feel soulless and derivative."
68 29% Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) - May 07, 2021
"I understand the arguments for this being the best in the trilogy: it's the least racist, it provokes some interesting theological discussions, it develops Indy's character the most, and it has some superb set-pieces, but the story as a whole is feels very clumsy compared to the tightly written Raiders: Things happen too conveniently to characters and certain themes and plot threads are dropped and introduced at random. Plus 2 points for having an airship because zeppelins are hella cool."
35 3% Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) - May 04, 2021
"Even as a kid, I felt uncomfortable at how racist this was. 20 years later and it's literally unwatchable - I actually can't sit through the entire thing without switching it off in disgust. Add to that an irredeemably obnoxious Kate Capshaw, scene-after-scene of terrible slapstick and a glacial pacing, means that this is, without a doubt, the worst film Spielberg has ever made."
78 57% Carlito's Way (1993) - May 03, 2021
"This is a really solid neo-noir, yet for some reason I never see it described as such: The voice-over narration, the moral ambiguity, the gritty urban setting, the playful use of colour and light, the art-deco interiors, the doomed protagonist battling against his fate, it's all there. Solid performances from the ensemble, yet Pacino's casting as a Puerto Rican is entirely unconvincing. The chase scene at the end is fantastic."
58 14% Bad Boys (1995) - May 01, 2021
"Confession: I actually love the way Michael Bay shoots action. It's an expressionist ballet of slow-mo, low-angle shots and swirling camera movement. Storytelling and spatial geography are thrown out the window in lieu of evoking the *feeling* of action. I just hated everything else about this misogynist piece of fascist copaganda; a movie that not just trivializes but actively glorifies police brutality and human rights violations, with a sense of humour that only appeals to teenage boys. "
55 11% Blue Streak (1999) - Apr 28, 2021
"If you've already seen one Martin Lawrence film, then you already know exactly what this movie is going to be. Briskly-paced enough to be watchable, but mostly not very funny, with homophobic and ableist humour scattered throughout. Killer soundtrack though, I totally would cruise around LA blasting that 90s R&B."
75 48% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) - Apr 28, 2021
"Like it's predecessor, the decision to split this into two movies robbed this of some of it's momentum, but of the two parts this easily the superior. The actual finale is thrilling and fantastic and this film is definitely the most political of the series, as well as being one of the grimmest and most cynical action blockbusters of the decade, something that feels excitingly refreshing in a world of cookie-cutter franchises."
68 29% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) - Apr 28, 2021
"This obviously did not need to be split into two 2-hour films, when one 3-hour one would've done the job better. The pacing slows to a crawl, and many scenes feel unnecessarily added in to pad the runtime. The journey towards generic war film territory felt like a significant downgrade from the fantastical Jumanji-esque settings of the first two, and even the characters seem flatter. The fact that this franchise is at it's worst just barely below average should be seen a compliment."
75 48% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) - Apr 28, 2021
"Feels like step-down for the franchise - Francis Lawrence is not as talented a film-maker as Gary Ross was. While the first film had tight camerawork and pacing, Catching Fire is much more generic and unmemorable. However, this is still a solid film, and Hunger Games is quickly becoming my fave action franchise of the '10s. The all-star cast featuring four (4!) Oscar-winners is fantastic and for a mainstream action blockbuster there is a surprising political heft. "