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Alex Watkins

Cinema Addict - 2175 Film Ratings

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 Ratings
91% Under the Silver Lake (2018) - Sep 17, 2019
"A hallucinogenic portrait of LA as a Frankenstein's monster of its own pop cultural ghosts; where, everywhere he turns, our buffoonish protagonist can't help but stumble into a reference (Vertigo, Rear Window, countless noirs, Shane Black, even Jacques Tourneur's Cat People) to the city's silver-screen past. All the while, he plumbs the depths of his own obsessions to figure out whether or not there's any meaning to it all - a question that's only partially answered. But who cares? What a blast."
42% The Debt Collector (2018) - Sep 12, 2019
"Whodathunkit, Adkins has some comic chops. The plot is low-stakes compared to the usual messes Adkins' leads seem to find themselves in, but it lends itself well to a day-in-the-life portrait of some of the seedier LA underworld's corners and characters. It's a very post-Tarantino mid-90s film in that regard, but I've always had a soft spot for the type, and fortunately, it doesn't attempt to cop the worst of that era's excesses (so much bad pop culture dialogue). The highlight? Louis Mandylor."
42% Boyka: Undisputed (2016) - Sep 12, 2019
"Scott Adkins is pretty good at conveying pathos through quiet-tough-guy grunting and emoting. Whether or not that's damning with faint praise is besides the point, because we're here for what an absurdly good film martial artist he is. "
42% Cop Car (2015) - Sep 12, 2019
"Stretches a cool premise kinda thin, but it's taut enough for most of its runtime, and features two strong performances from Bacon and Shea Whigham which make it worth a look. "
91% Love and Anarchy (1973) - Sep 03, 2019
"A staunchly and ferociously political film which is brimming with warmth, humanity, humor and vivacity, which only makes the sting of its brutally cynical ending that much more painful. Wurtmuller’s script is full of unlikely comic details which are nonetheless convincing because of the sincerity and passion with which her characters are drawn and ultimately realized. "
91% Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) - Jul 28, 2019
"A more bittersweet historical fiction than Tarantino's previous few. If those films expressed their regret for the past through fantasizing about righteous vengeance, ...Hollywood takes a more melancholy approach by daring to imagine if history skirted past tragedy entirely. All the same, there's a knowing irony to the fact that our protagonists, Rick and Cliff, can't avoid irrelevance forever. Only Sharon gets to be immortal, because she is myth - but here, she's briefly granted humanity. "
91% Female Trouble (1974) - Jul 28, 2019
"The "crime is beauty" ethos explored in Female Trouble prefigures the existence of Harmony Korine's entire career, right down to Gummo featuring a disgusting spaghetti scene. Truly transgressive to an extent that feels perverse even almost 50 years later. Its continual willingness to exponentially shatter new boundaries had me laughing in sheer awe on occasion. It probably drags a bit at the end, but oh well: third acts sometimes go on too long; no matter if they go out with a bang."
91% Midsommar (2019) - Jul 04, 2019
"A film that dares to confront wrenching horrors with a sense of clinical detachment (the leads are, after all, anthropologists), while the audience and our ostensible protagonists do their best to deny the reality of circumstances until their fates are brutally sealed. It's as much a fish-out-of-water comedy or a breakup film as a horror, and the creative ways in which Aster manages to upend each genre only make me more and more certain he's a true visionary. But what a happy ending!"
91% John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019) - Jun 25, 2019
"Expands the scope of John Wick's bizarre hitman universe while yet again raising the bar for creativity in action choreography, staging and cinematography. And so ballsy it IMMEDIATELY lets you know there'll be a fourth film. The knife fight early on is the greatest accomplishment in choreographed comedy since the days of Buster Keaton. Eat your heart out, Jackie Chan."
72% Ghost World (2001) - May 05, 2019
"It's difficult neither to portray an angsty teenage girl as an empathetic everywoman nor as a selfish asshole; what's difficult is portraying her as both at once, which Ghost World manages with aplomb, helped immensely by Zwigoff's wry, askew portrayal of late 20th century suburbia as a hyperreal consumerist wasteland, a killer soundtrack, and Steve Buscemi doing some heavy lifting as pathetic middle-aged sad-sack Seymour, a character so unforgivably himself he's thoroughly endearing."