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Filligan

Cinema Addict - 1402 Film Ratings

Member Since: Mar 31, 2006

Location: BC, Canada

Bio: How I rank simplified:
95-100 = 10
85-94 = 9
75-84 = 8
65-74 = 7
55-64 = 6
45-54 = 5
35-44 = 4
25-34 = 3
15-24 = 2
5-14 = 1
0-4 = 0

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more Recent Ratings
94 90% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) - May 12, 2021
"At first I thought this was lacking a spark. Then I understood it wasn’t trying to entertain me in traditional senses, or even at all, but rather tell an all-too-common story that too many of us are oblivious to. These experiences do not spring out of the ground. Girls like Autumn exist everywhere in droves and I hope this makes them feel seen, and provokes the rest of us to help make their lives easier. Don’t be one of those “not all men” guys. Don’t miss the point so handedly."
98 97% Minari (2020) - May 12, 2021
"Yeah. Screw it. Best film of 2020. I’ve sat long enough on this fence and I can deny it no longer. Every moment feels so endearingly familiar, which I think is why people are piling on “predictable” as the prominent criticism. I’d argue it’s not so much predictable as it is truthful. I’m hesitant to compare it to Miyazaki but I can’t shake the influence. It breathes like a grounded Miyazaki tale, loaded with heart—an unforgettable family, an indelible experience."
87 68% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) - May 12, 2021
"Somewhat by-the-numbers biopic but an interesting slant on an underrepresented historical figure, well directed by Shaka King. Stanfield and Kaluuya are both electric and cannot be turned away from. "
89 75% Promising Young Woman (2020) - May 04, 2021
"For a modern twist on the revenge-a-thon trope, this excels. The ticks Mulligan crosses off her list aren't stereotypical or easy to hate -- they're all fully-rendered people with lives and families and complicated views, and the film refuses to tell us what's right and what's wrong -- we must decide how far we'll go with Mulligan. It's a sharp script that, in the end, left me pretty profoundly disturbed. It's been a while since a film shook me up for so long after the end credits."
96 94% The Father (2020) - May 04, 2021
"I can't do much to overstate the brilliance of this film. Hopkins has turned in a plethora of unforgettable performances, some of them even becoming part of our cultural pantheon, but I can say without hesitation that this is his best work. He is so utterly relatable, understandable, and yet torn apart by forces he cannot see nor comprehend. The screenplay eloquently weaves his experience into ours. This made me feel like I had seen a new paradigm and the tears wouldn't stop flowing."
95 92% Nomadland (2020) - May 04, 2021
"Nomadland is something special -- truly transcendent. Normally with a meandering film like this it's not difficult to scrounge up criticisms of focus or direction, but this gripped me from its stark landscape to McDormand's stoic, secretly turbulent performance. I never once asked where we were going -- much like Fern never asks herself where she's headed -- and yet I felt immense reward for following through. Happy this won its share of accolades."
99 98% The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021) - May 03, 2021
"It’s been 13 months since the pandemic changed everything and this is the first film I’ve felt truly bummed I couldn't experience it in the theatre. It’s bright and beautiful and loud and hilarious and brimming with talent in every frame. Never would’ve expected this, but in my estimation Sony has usurped Pixar in terms of unstoppable quality (and this just a few months after Pixar released SOUL). That’s what happens when you invest in and trust creative weirdo artists."
85 60% The Sound of Music (1965) - Apr 14, 2021
"This has always been the "musical for people who aren't fond of musicals" and I, somehow, inadvertently avoided it all the way until my 30s. Naturally, I knew much of this film before I watched it thanks to countless parodies and timeless music. I think I knew every single song before it fully started, and that's a pretty high cultural mark for any musical to achieve. It is as lovely and enjoyable as its reputation would have you believe."
48 7% Tom Jones (1963) - Apr 14, 2021
"I dunno, man, this one is pretty weird. There doesn't seem to be much focus for at least the first act, which lends to a frustrating experience already tested by the handheld shakiness that Richardson must've felt was divine in the early 1960s. Sure, it looks different, but it's paced like trash. Only in the middle does this film get somewhat interesting before it crashes again. It's just difficult to care about."
84 56% Ben-Hur (1959) - Apr 14, 2021
"Much of Ben-Hur still stands up to the test of time, especially that remarkable chariot race which honestly could've lasted twice as long it was so enthralling. But the religious framing device ranges from unnecessary to intrusive, and soon it almost stops feeling like Ben-Hur's story. He hardly makes any decisions that impact the plot for the complete last act. And that last act does drag on. It's almost like sitting through a sermon. Before that, this is pretty good!"