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Alex Watkins

Cinema Addict - 2242 Film Ratings

Member Since: Nov 8, 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% The Mirror (1975) - Feb 26, 2020
"A mesmerizing exploration of the memories of a man and a nation alike. It seems Tarkovsky is - in his own uncompromisingly radical and elliptical way - to capture nothing less than the soul of a nation. It's one of the few films that captures the scope and beauty of an epic poem. For that alone, it should be treasured."
72% The Abyss (1989) - Feb 25, 2020
"A 2.5 hour movie with 4 hours of plot, and that's just scratching the surface of how overstuffed this film - the most James Cameron film yet made, until Avatar 2 - really is. There's five different endings and three major plot threads, and every one of Cameron's obsessions (deep sea exploration, the conflict between professionals and the military, large-scale disaster, and even his childish hippie side) is played at 11. Hardly his best, but nobody else would ever have had the balls to even try."
72% Mother (2009) - Feb 25, 2020
"Few directors have ever managed such a command of disparate tones in the same film as Bong seems to with every single one of his. Mother is one of his most twisty and elaborate, with Bong constantly pulling out the rug from under his audience and characters alike as new and shocking developments pile up to the point of near-absurdity. "
72% Honey Boy (2019) - Feb 25, 2020
"The enormous empathy on display here from Har'el and LaBeouf is Honey Boy's most striking aspect. Few films find as much to love in characters half as flawed as LaBeouf, playing a version of his own father: an abusive, erratic and unpredictable drinker who dreams of making his son a star. "
72% Tokyo Twilight (1957) - Feb 05, 2020
"Surprisingly violent display of emotions for what little I've seen of Ozu. His compositions are so assured, his camera so unyieldingly still that it lowers the barrier between character and audience, all the better to appreciate their intensity and complexity. "
72% Clemency (2019) - Feb 05, 2020
"Clinically brutal examination of the ways in which our hellish criminal justice system conspires to deprive every person involved in its perpetuation of their very basic humanity in slow motion. Woodard and Hodge are magnificent."
41% Atlantique (2019) - Jan 26, 2020
"Lovely, if perhaps too elliptical, romance told in the shadow of global capitalism. "
41% Hardcore (1979) - Jan 26, 2020
"Hardcore is a movie about how everybody in the 70s looked like shit and dressed badly except for George C. Scott, drip king"
41% 1917 (2019) - Jan 26, 2020
"Despite Mendes' best efforts to deglamorize WWI, I can't help but feel there's an even better film to be unlocked here. He needed to lean even harder into the anonymous cruelty, absurdity and ultimate horror of it all - such as when our heroes first go over the top and snake their way through an alien landscape of mangled corpses. It's undeniably thrilling, but perhaps doesn't sting enough."
41% Fast Color (2018) - Jan 26, 2020
"As a superhero (and for that matter, post-apocalyptic) film, it's completely perfunctory - and the budget shows enough that I expect the genre touches were strictly a market confession. But as a magical realist tale of three generations of black women independently struggling to find their places in the world? It's very fine indeed."