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CosmicMonkey

Cinema Addict - 1015 Film Ratings

Member Since: Apr 5, 2009

Location: Montreal, Canada

Age: 27

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.

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more Recent Ratings
73 40% Orpheus (1950) - Oct 11, 2019
"One of my biggest pet-peeves is when artists make art about being an artist, as if that's something anyone outside their little bubble could relate to. Sure, the special fx are cool, and the film definitely succeeds in creating a surreal, dreamlike atmosphere, but strip that all away and we're left with Cocteau's fervent self-aggrandizing; comparing himself not just to mythical Orpheus, but equating his commitment to art to the self-sacrifice of Jesus Christ himself. Yeesh, talk about an ego!"
40 5% Under Siege (1992) - Oct 10, 2019
"Ugh, I kinda hated this. I hated its queer-coded villain and transphobia. I hated its obvious pro-U.S. military propaganda. I hated its bad continuity and plot holes. And I hated Seagal and all the other actors' bad acting, except for Tommy Lee Jones who chews the scenery with delight and seems to be the only one who knows how dumb and terrible of a movie he's in. This is my first Seagal film, but if this is indeed his best, I'll make sure to never watch a single film of his again."
80 65% All the King's Men (1949) - Oct 03, 2019
"A fascinating examination of American Democracy and Populism that's (terrifyingly) more relevant today than ever, with some powerhouse performances from Crawford, and severely underrated McCambridge. I'm amazed that a film this deeply cynical was able to win Best Picture, the Academy usually prefers hopeful, inspirational films, and this film couldn't be more different."
75 47% The Heiress (1949) - Sep 28, 2019
"I mean, the acting is great and Wyler's direction is competent if somewhat cold, but I can't help but feel like there's already so many other better similar films out there, even from the same director. How many '30s and '40s period dramas set in 19th century America about wealthy White women struggling against the confines of patriarchy are there? And ultimately, the Heiress seems mediocre in comparison to the likes of Jezebel, The Little Foxes, hell even Gone with the Wind."
75 47% Hustlers (2019) - Sep 25, 2019
"An above-average crime-comedy with clean, stylish directing, smart performances and an impressive level of empathy for it's characters. I think the praise for this film comes less from it's quality, because it has problems, and more from the fact that in a world of Hollywood mediocrity Hustlers is a mid-budget film that's different, unique and heartfelt, feeling like it belongs to a sub-genre of it's own, and I can get behind that."
85 84% Frances Ha (2013) - Sep 18, 2019
"I watched this in the middle of a weeks-long depressive episode, and you know what? I actually felt better. Frances taught me that it's okay to not have everything figured out, to be awkward at dinner parties, to fail at things and try again. I think on a deeper level this film has a criticism of the spiritual emptiness and alienation of late capitalism, but on a surface level, it's one of the sunniest, most inspiring, most feel-good movies I've ever seen. So, thanks, Frances."
40 5% Escape Plan (2013) - Sep 17, 2019
"Watching the two most meat-headed actors of the late 20th century try to make an emotional connection with each other is probably the cringiest thing I've watched all year. The heist-y break out elements work fine, and are totally watchable, but when film steps away from that, like when it tries to make social commentary about the prison industrial complex, or any literally any attempt at character development, it gets pretty bad."
78 56% Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father (2017) - Sep 14, 2019
"I don't really care how much of the show is scripted or not, the banter between Jack and Michael is actually some of the funniest on TV, and they do a broad enough variety of activities to keep it interesting, even if you're not really into to travel shows."
45 7% Gods of Egypt (2016) - Sep 05, 2019
"There was some cool and imaginative world-building and it would probably have worked really well as the next God of War game, but as a film it's pretty bad. The CGI is ugly, the script is lazy, generic and uninspired and the Gerard Butler's acting is cringey. and yes, obviously it's a white-washed cast. +5 points for Chadwick Boseman's hilarious performance as a campy gay Spock, if that character was given his own spin-off, I definitely would go see that in theatres."
80 65% Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) - Sep 03, 2019
"God, Tarantino gives me more conflicted feelings than any other living filmmaker. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a little racist, a little sexist, a little bit self-indulgent and overly long, but I'll be damned if it also isn't one of the most clever and brilliantly subversive pieces of Hollywood storytelling I've seen in a long time. It's the weirdest, most abstract and least accessible film QT's ever made, but also somehow the warmest and most relatable."