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Alex Watkins

Cinema Addict - 2051 Rankings

Member Since: Nov 7, 2006

Location: Olathe, KS, USA

Bio: Read my full reviews here! http://mymoviemusings.wordpress.com

I like just about anything; I have my preferences (I find myself leaning towards crime, noir, and epics), but I'm not an extremely discriminate moviewatcher. Chances are, if it's a classic and/or well-received by most, I'll probably like it, so I guess I'm kind of predictable. I also love anything with great cinematography and gorgeous visuals; my very favorites are populated by-and-large with movies that are, among their other merits, pleasing to the eye.

more Recent Rankings
T10 Blade Runner 2049 (2017) - Nov 06, 2017
"A beautifully austere and thoughtful meditation on humanity just like the first; if it lacks for anything, it's the original's acute sense of arch, genre-bending weirdness. But that's okay; that just means it's not one of the very greatest films ever made. Being a worthy sequel to such a film, all these years later, is success enough for me."
T8 The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) - Nov 06, 2017
"Lanthimos earns the "Kubrickian" sobriquet not merely through his measured austerity or love of a moving camera (whether gliding behind Farrell as if following him through the Overlook, or uncomfortably zooming in on his subjects as if spying on them), but also through his discomfiting sense of humor, where the absurdity of his premise belies the ghastly reality that these characters are forced to face. See this, and see it blind; I can't imagine a more intriguing shock to the system this year."
T6 Alien: Covenant (2017) - Jun 01, 2017
"Its reach exceeds its grasp; while I'm down with its hifalutin concept, it doesn't explore it anywhere near enough, attempting instead to balance the series' more primal pleasures with Prometheus' (wildly entertaining) philosophical schlock. In the end, it gives short shrift to both. Decent enough, but feels like a compromise. It does, at least, look great, which is the one reliable standard to which the series has always been able to be held. "
T8 The Lost City of Z (2017) - Apr 22, 2017
"A classicist adventure film, the subtle surface pleasures of which conceal a whirling eddy of emotions: the simultaneity of discovery and destruction, the loss of youth and innocence, the fear and freedom of the unknown, the insatiable appetite for what remains tantalizingly beyond our grasp...It's a throwback period picture with a restrained contemporary sensibility, wedding the promise of adventure to the bittersweet nostalgia of a Malick film, Eden sought and lost in the same breath. "
T6 Never Let Me Go (2010) - Apr 21, 2017
"An elegiac portrait of lost youth and innocence that is too frustratingly allusive for its own good; it's a story that should either have been twice as long, to further our impression of these characters and deepen the emotional resonance of their plight, or half as expository, to make us feel more keenly the barely-remembered nostalgia in which it trades. Still, I really enjoyed it, and for my complaints, it's a unique premise given a thoughtful and beautiful treatment."
T8 Polytechnique (2009) - Apr 21, 2017
"Polytechnique pulls off the tricky feat of filming a massacre with enough finesse to avoid either pulling its punches or reveling in the horrific brutality of the ordeal, as well as effectively other-izing the perpetrator of the massacre while maintaining the dignity of the his victims. It's an impressive balancing act, all the more important for what heavy material he's dealing with. "
T8 Sorcerer (1977) - Apr 18, 2017
"One of the most tactile films I've ever seen; every frame seems to drip with rain, sweat, grime, mud, and blood. The environment, so hostile and overwhelming to the protagonists, seems to pulse off the screen. It takes a while to get going, but boy, once it does...that bridge sequence is jaw-dropping. "
T8 Rushmore (1998) - Apr 16, 2017
"Interesting to finally see Wes Anderson's breakthrough all these years later, as he's burrowed deeper and deeper into fussy artifice in later films. Ironically, this had the effect of making Rushmore feel fresh and novel, more natural and spontaneous and every bit as funny and charming as his later work, if perhaps not quite as polished or emotionally affecting as my favorites of his. "
T6 The Eyes of My Mother (2016) - Apr 13, 2017
"A horror film as if directed by Bela Tarr, or perhaps Michael Haneke circa The White Ribbon: slow, austere, grim, oppressively dark, shot in a high-contrast black-and-white to emphasize its otherwordliness as the characters violently grapple with each other at the edge of the world. As much as anything, about the internalized misogyny women are capable of carrying due to the circumstances of their adolescence."
T8 Black Robe (1991) - Apr 13, 2017
"Wants for a strong central character off of which to bounce its ideas about religion and ethics, but nonetheless an unusually thoughtful and serious film examining the relationship between missionaries and their charges. Its portrayal of the Quebecois natives may not be precisely authentic, but it does treat them far more humanely and respectfully than most films of this ilk. I'm a sucker for films about the unconquered wilderness, and this is a strong entrant in that field."