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Alex Watkins

Cinema Addict - 2140 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% Shoplifters (2018) - Feb 03, 2019
"How much of what we think of a person - down to their basic goodness - is inherit in our first impression of them? Or, put another way: how many wrongs would it take for you to overlook someone's rights? Moves along as gently as a breeze, so that when small threats to our characters' precarious existences appear, it feels shockingly intense. The child actors here are truly revelatory. "
73% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) - Feb 03, 2019
"Ludicrously arch high-concept horror-comedy, a pisstake of the world of fine art (though I'm sure its snob targets have suitable analogs among the members of any self-selectingly exclusive medium) that quickly becomes a B-slasher without ever shifting gears. Gyllenhaal is a real highlight, haughtily preening and prancing all over the frame, threatening to chew up the script and spit it back out."
42% Polar (2019) - Feb 03, 2019
"Possible - perhaps even probable - I'll look back and wonder what the fuck I was thinking, but in spite of myself, I enjoyed this. It's undeniably trash, but it at least has the dignity to know it's trash, and not to overreach much beyond that. "
73% Altered States (1980) - Feb 03, 2019
"A bizarre blend of Tarkovsky, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Fly, and Hellraiser. Chayefsky's mumbo-jumbo is given enough attention to take seriously, but undercut just the right amount by the arthouse fuckery to give it an appropriately entertaining freaky camp edge. I only wish it hadn't sold out the ending for something so mushy and soft."
42% Free Fire (2017) - Feb 03, 2019
"It's a whole lot of nothing, but it's reasonably entertaining nothing."
73% Brokeback Mountain (2005) - Jan 25, 2019
"Seeing this so long after it dominated the cultural conversation, it's striking the extent to which it's understated and tasteful. The fact that it was accused of promoting some insidious "gay agenda" shows how hilariously and sadly quaint the treatment of homosexuality was not even 15 years ago. Ledger is electrifyingly good."
42% BuyBust (2018) - Jan 17, 2019
"I think I'd have enjoyed this more if my expectations had been differently calibrated. Still, as a rain-soaked, neon-smeared carnival of carnage, it delivers plenty of thrills, with one standout tracking shot late in the game that made me think of The Rules of the Game in its elaborate staging, only if The Rules of the Game had a lot more knees and elbows to the face."
17% Cooties (2015) - Jan 17, 2019
"I don't much care for horror comedies that lean so far into the comedy, but if you're gonna do so, it helps to be funnier than this. "
73% Night Moves (2014) - Jan 17, 2019
"Reichardt molds a genre thriller in her own image: understated, precise, dignified, her customary mien the calm surface of a pond upon which the smallest drops ripple dramatically outward. It's as mainstream as Reichardt has ever been, which is to say, not very. If its beats are more predictable than usual for her, it speaks only to how unconventional her other films are. "
73% Certain Women (2016) - Jan 07, 2019
"Finds dignity and dramatic potential in the quotidian, lonely lives of working-class women and their day-to-day struggles. The third vignette with Stewart is the most haunting and mysterious, a missed connection that feels inexplicably heartbreaking and intense."