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CosmicMonkey

Film Freak - 986 Film Ratings

Member Since: Apr 5, 2009

Location: Montreal, Canada

Age: 26

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
88 90% Our Planet (2019) - Apr 23, 2019
"For anybody who's seen Planet Earth and its various spin-offs this series might seem a little bit too familiar, showing species and events that have already been featured in many other wildlife documentaries, however its photography is perhaps the most stunning yet, and importantly it is very explicit in all the various ways we as humans continue to destroy this planet."
78 56% Billy Elliot (2000) - Apr 14, 2019
"A predictable and formulaic feel-good Hollywood film, but a well-made one at that. The characters are well-developed, making Billy a flawed, but completely relatable hero; as is its world, with its sociopolitical backdrop and commentary giving the film a level of depth that elevates it above mediocrity. And the dancing! The dancing is just so exuberant and joyful that its hard not to also feel the same "electricity" that Billy does when he dances."
80 65% Destry Rides Again (1939) - Apr 11, 2019
"Stagecoach might've been the more technically impressive Western of 1939, but Destry is far more fun to watch, with Dietrich's allure and Stewart's charisma being a welcome change from the stern self-seriousness of John Wayne. A successful mix of comedy, musical and Western, whose progressive political messages (such as arguing that police shouldn't own guns) are unfortunately offset with some outdated racial stereotypes. "
80 65% Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (2004) - Apr 09, 2019
"For a show that's specifically trying it's best to be terrible, damn, did I find myself invested in it. Between the hilariously bad acting, shoddy special effects, and nonsensical storylines, there's a heart and obvious labour of love quality to it that's irresistible. Really dissappointed that this only lasted 6 episodes."
78 56% Apollo 11 (2019) - Apr 09, 2019
"Never before have I so wanted an English film to played with subtitles in the cinema. The lo-fi radio chatter is already hard enough to understand without the booming electronic score playing behind it, and it definitely detracted from my experience. Like, the moon landing itself, the film is exciting, educating, inspiring, and probably more nationalistic than it needed to be."
80 65% Wuthering Heights (1939) - Apr 07, 2019
"I wasn't very familiar with the source novel, but after watching the movie, I can see why it's such a revered classic: The film version packs in a lot of different themes in just two hours: racism, classism, patriachy, love, revenge, nature vs. nurture, fatalism. I am disappointed though, that like in typical Hollywood fashion, the headier concepts and Victorian social satire took a backseat to the studio-driven romantic melodrama."
73 41% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) - Apr 03, 2019
"While I enjoyed the first Ant-Man and was really happy to see Wasp get more screentime, I didn't really feel like it stood up to its predecessor. While the first worked great as a stand-alone film, this one relied to much on referencing the complex lore of the MCU, had a conflict that kept recycling the same MacGuffins and contrived time limits (get this item in x amout of time) and probably too many plot holes for me to reasonably suspend my disbelief around. About average for the MCU."
78 56% Ant-Man (2015) - Apr 03, 2019
"It might not have the rhythmic musicality of an Edgar Wright film, but I'd argue that between it's funny dialogue and efficient, dramatically effective script, it still feels a lot like one. After watching Ant-Man, I've firmly decided that I actually prefer smaller-scale superhero stories - In all the grand spectacle of saving the world/universe, it's the smaller story beats that actually develop characters we care about and establish emotionally resonant stakes that get lost in the shuffle."
70 35% Woman of the Year (1942) - Mar 21, 2019
"I watched this about 5 years ago, and never ranked it. This was probably one of the first screwballs I ever watched, and I did quite enjoy it, however, after watching countless, better screwballs since (including ones with Hepburn), I can't help but feel in hindsight that this one was pretty mediocre. Hepburn and Tracy have great chemistry, but it comes with an unbearably sexist message (even for it's time) and doesn't do anything much to stand out in the genre. "
80 65% Fury (1936) - Mar 21, 2019
"For a man who fled the Holocaust, Lang is refreshingly cynical about his new-found American home, equating the government-sponsored racist lynch-mob culture of the US to the government-sponsored racist mob mentality of Nazi Germany; If only MGM had had the balls to actually allow Lang to cast Black actors, and this would've been a straight-up masterpiece. Lang gives some expressionism-lite in his camerawork and Tracy delightfully chews the scenery as a man hell-bent on revenge."