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CosmicMonkey

Cinema Addict - 1107 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.

Letterboxd: CosmicMonkey
more Recent Ratings
75 47% Interstellar (2014) - Sep 30, 2020
"I absolutely love the idea of an epic space adventure based in hard sci-fi. Interstellar is like the best episode of Star Trek ever and is a gorgeous, awe-inducing spectacle of grandeur. But the fact that Nolan shoots this with all the seriousness of the Unabomber Manifesto leaves one with no choice to but to watch this as Nolan's own treatise of humanity; a vision so completely blind to its own biases of individualism & colonial Whiteness that it falls apart at only the tiniest string-pulling. "
88 90% The Good Place (2016) - Sep 27, 2020
"It's possibly the best show to have ever pondered about life, the human condition, and morality & ethics, while also being a supremely funny comedy, with a tight, quickly-moving story and a few genuinely surprising plot twists along the way. It's both intellectually and emotionally engaging, while also being goofy and wholesome and optimistic. It's all of the best things I expect from a sitcom, and trust me, you won't regret it when you binge the entire thing in two days."
83 75% Kung Fu Hustle (2004) - Sep 27, 2020
"The CGI has aged really poorly (or maybe that just adds to the film's camp charm?), but this film is a masterpiece in physical comedy and one of the best genre parodies I've ever seen. The outrageously over-the-top physics-defying martial arts are always so much fun to watch, and even when you think you've seen everything the film keeps finding ways to escalate the level of sheer gonzo-ness on screen. "
78 56% Forbidden Games (1952) - Sep 19, 2020
"I can't say I was completely engaged with this, and I'm not sure why, but it's still the best film about children coping with trauma. death and grief that I've seen so far. (With some fantastic child actors!) Whereas the adults dig graves for war victims with no ceremony, compassion or ritual, the children attempts to cope with their trauma through imaginative play, is far more real, warm, and loving than the that of adults around them. "
70 33% The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell (2018) - Sep 17, 2020
"I have no idea who the target audience is for this. The Henson Company puppets and comedy style would make you think it's for children, but all of the crafts and recipes are WAY too complicated for any child to attempt, let only 95% of adults. It's a weird, quirky mish-mash of different ideas, and while I'm not sure if it all works together, it does it make it far more interesting than the large majority of other cooking/baking/craft/home-decor shows out there."
58 14% Haters Back Off! (2016) - Sep 12, 2020
"Unless you already LOVE the youtube character, this show has no value to you. "
68 28% Connected: The Hidden Science of Everything (2020) - Sep 12, 2020
"(Season 1) My biggest complaint about this is the same one I have about Nasser's Radiolab show on NPR, that it feels over-produced. What you're talking about should be interesting enough that it stands on its own without needing sound effects or fancy graphics or drone shots or comedic asides. I get how this style might appeal to others, but it's not for me. Best episode: Poop / Worst episode: Nukes"
75 47% Da 5 Bloods (2020) - Sep 11, 2020
"Not among Lee's best work, but still interesting and a refreshingly different take on the Vietnam War genre. Expect Oscar noms for Lindo and Boseman. This film feels like two different ones stitched together, one, a thoughful, powerful exploration of the American relationship between racism and war, and the other, a fun B-rate wartime action film, but those two parts never quite feel like they blend together congruously, resulting in abrupt tonal shifts. "
70 33% Conan the Barbarian (1982) - Sep 06, 2020
"What I expected: A fun, campy, pulpy action-adventure featuring Arnold grunting and shouting a lot. What I got instead: An epic Wagnerian opera with excellent world-building and a surprising sense of mystery and wonder, featuring macho Male power fantasies, Uncle Iroh, Nietzshean philosophy, camel-punching, possibly fascist undertones and of course, Arnold grunting and shouting a lot. People decry this film as dumb, but there is actually a lot going on, to varying degrees of quality & execution."
55 11% U-571 (2000) - Aug 31, 2020
"I generally like submarine movies, because being unable to see your opponent turns it into a battle of wits and intelligence, and generally forces better writing. This could have been better, if didn't insist on so frequently having American soldiers die heroic deaths with a triumphant score blaring in the background. I don't care that it was historically inaccurate, British patriotism and American patriotism are both as equally insufferable to me, with as equally problematic histories attached."