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CosmicMonkey

Cinema Addict - 1002 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
75 47% Avengers: Endgame (2019) - Aug 14, 2019
"Honestly, I enjoyed the first act: superheroes dealing with failure, loss, grief and trauma hasn't been explored in film much and they handled it decently, and the final battle was surprisingly exciting and satisfying; however the middle act and all its wibbly-wobbly time travel stuff really seemed to sacrifice coherent story-telling and logical character decisions for the sake of fan service, and I didn't love it. Still disappointed that Ant-Man never climbed up Thanos's butthole."
85 84% Late Spring (1949) - Aug 01, 2019
"Ozu wants to explore the clash between tradition & modernism & Westernization & feminism & gender & family; and whereas most films would explore that conflict by positioning their main characters in one or more ideological poles, Ozu is happy to let his characters be complex humans, with complicated relationships, positions and feelings about all of the ideas above, and the movie feels so much more sincere as a result, with an emotional story earned not through melodrama, but human connection."
88 90% Harakiri (1962) - Jul 30, 2019
"If Anti-Westerns are a thing, then surely anti-jidaegeki must be too, and this would be that sub-genre's crowning jewel. Not only does this have some of the prettiest camerawork and tensest dialogue I've ever experienced in a film, but it also systematically dismantles and obliterates all romanticized notions of the bushido code, an entire country's national mythology, and ultimately, how the rich and powerful use violence under pretexts of ideological purity in order perpetuate their power. "
83 75% White Heat (1949) - Jul 26, 2019
"Exciting police thriller that stands apart from others with it's clever plotting, strong character development and a psychological exploration. This easily could've gone of the rails, if wasn't for some directorial restraint, and Cagney's powerhouse performance being able carry both the plot and themes of the film."
85 84% The Third Man (1949) - Jul 24, 2019
"Alongside Casablanca, the Third Man has to be the most immersively atmospheric film of the 40s. The bombed-out ruins of Vienna is both hauntingly beautiful but also makes for the perfect expressionistic landscape and setting to match the twisted morality of the characters in the film. If someone had never seen a film noir this might be the first film I point them towards. "
53 10% Twilight (2008) - Jul 17, 2019
"I really tried coming into this with an open mind and without pre-judgments, but yeesh, it was still pretty bad. I didn't absolutely hate the angsty teen romance, because that's kind of the point, but the dialogue is cheesy and the line delivery legitimately had me laughing at points by how terrible it was. Edward is an emotionally abusive creep and the way this movie romanticizes their relationship has undoubtedly done harm to an entire generation of women. #TeamJacob btw, if it wasn't obvious."
85 84% Breaking Bad (2008) - Jul 15, 2019
"While it has some fascinating character arcs, I'm very hesitant to call it the GOAT, or even the decade. It took me 3 tries to finally finish the show, the first two times getting stuck during the slow second season, and while the later seasons really amp up the tension, and feature some genuinely great episodes, the pseudo-heroic finale felt dissonant to the themes of the show and the show as a whole had maybe a few too many plot contrivances. Call it a lukewarm endorsement."
83 75% Incendies (2010) - Jul 02, 2019
"I mean, it's still maybe a little bit orientalist at parts, but for a film by a White director, its portrayal of the Middle East seems fairly nuanced and respectful. The shifts in chronology and perspective are done flawlessly, and the film as whole packs a pretty hard emotional punch, with enough subtext and theme to provide food for later analysis. One of the great Canadian films."
83 75% Toy Story 4 (2019) - Jun 26, 2019
"I never thought I'd ever utter the phrase "I would've liked to have seen more of the spork's existential anguish," but welp, here I am. It's probably the straight-up funniest film Pixar has made, and it's a testament to their strength as human story-tellers that even though I cried in the theatre, I felt disappointed because I know they can do even more. The weakest in the franchise by a slim margin, which is like calling Eyes Wide Shut the weakest Kubrick film: it's still a big accomplishment."
68 29% Captain Marvel (2019) - Jun 18, 2019
"Hey, look! It only took 18 films for the ladies to get their own passably watchable mediocre by-the-numbers MCU origin story! Great! #Feminism Honestly, though, it's skews so closely to the pre-determined Marvel formula, and does so very little that's different, that you probably know exactly what you're getting going into this. Lacking the humour, charisma, or weirdness that make the better MCU titles stand out, it's as bland and safely watchable a superhero film can get."