Cinema Addict - 2316 Film Ratings
Member Since: Sep 5, 2019
|80 82%||Rocky II (1979) - Sep 18, 2019
"This being a sequel doesn't quite have the edge of the first film but it does still have a good sense of momentum. The plot may be a bit cheesy but I certainly enjoyed watching the local kids from town follow Rocky while he trained through the streets. I also found the inevitable match towards the end of the film surprisingly gripping and I would say its an engrossing watch by the end, so I would recommend it, yes."
|70 56%||Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) - Sep 17, 2019
"This is really quite a dark and murky film - its sombre and unsettling. There are many flashbacks shown, which give you an idea as to what happened to Martha while she was a member of the cult. There are plenty of things which aren't clarified, so as a viewer we have to come to our own conclusions about certain things. Its both dark in terms of tone and also lighting wise at times. "
|70 56%||The Company You Keep (2013) - Sep 16, 2019
"I quite enjoyed this film in terms of seeing things mostly from the criminal/fugitives point of view - him and a junior journalist, rather than purely the authorities point of view. It was relatively gripping during some key scenes and thoughtful in others. I'd say thematically its about morals and principles and also self reflection. It was an interesting watch I enjoyed and so as a subtle , thought provoking thriller, I'd recommend it. Oh and it has a great cast too - some pretty big names."
|80 82%||Rocky (1976) - Sep 16, 2019
"Yes this is a classic film, perhaps even a cult classic and yes there are undeniably some cliches present but I found myself rooting for Rocky and I liked seeing his relationship with the introverted Adrian develop. There's the famous scenes of him pounding the streets in the early morning, practicing day after day in the build up to the match. I could see how this could be viewed as a 'living the American dream' type watch, or perhaps moreso an 'underdog' tale. Its quite a solid watch."
|70 56%||Curse of the Golden Flower (2006) - Sep 15, 2019
"This film features lots of impressive martial arts style, well choreographed fighting, large scale battles and its certainly lavishly stylish. Thematically its about jealousy, infidelity and anger. Its a bit hard to follow the plot in its entirety but its an entertaining watch regardless."
|60 37%||A Town Like Alice (1956) - Sep 15, 2019
"I can only imagine how gruelling such an enforced journey must have been for such people. I suppose its nice to see that there was the ocassional good samaritan - its re-assuring to think some people are prepared to risk their own safety to help others. "
|60 37%||Behold a Pale Horse (1964) - Sep 14, 2019
"This is very much what I'd consider a contemplative film. The plot is a bit slow and meandering but it also has a poignancy about it and a sort of symbolism too. I liked the child featured and how the two people, from either side of the earlier Spanish civil war, regard each other. There are some good performances from Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn and Omar Sharif. If there were a few less of the overly long and somewhat drab scenes then I'd prefer it but for what it is, its certainly an OK film."
|60 37%||Behind the Red Door (2003) - Sep 14, 2019
"At first I thought this was a gloomy and un-appealing film, as the brother, Roy, is less than likeable, to put it one way - snobby, rude and with ludicrously high standards, although we learn whats really going on later on in the plot. There is more to this film than initially appears, if you give it time - its a definite slow burner, a character focussed drama which may not appeal to all but I found it quite intriguing when the siblings slowly begin to reconcile and we see flashbacks."
|80 82%||The Pianist (2002) - Sep 14, 2019
"This is much more a war film than a musical drama - there are perhaps surprisingly few scenes actually depicting the main characters music playing but of course the whole story is entirely centered around him and its a chilling depiction of the inhumane treatment of Jews during (among?) the darkest times of the 20th century."
|70 56%||Revolutionary Road (2008) - Sep 13, 2019
"This is a film partly about being judged by your local community and forging your own way, I suppose. Its also about claustrophobia, self doubt and frustration. There are some fairly intense scenes with the couple arguing and it struck me that it would perhaps make more sense if viewed as a play, rather than a film as such perhaps. I thought the incidental (background) music was quite good - its a fairly atmospheric watch at times. Its also quite raw and unsettling as well."