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Groovy_Souls

Cinema Addict - 1385 Film Ratings

Member Since: May 19, 2014

Location: Connecticut, USA

Bio: I suppose that it's been a long enough time that I should be updating my Criticker account to show my change in taste.

I'm a huge horror movie nut, but I'm willing to watch just about anything (I'll admit I have a special connection with horror, sci fi, and comedies). I base my movies on what I hope to be a fair mix of objective quality and personal enjoyment, though for some films, I definitely let one take over the other. Don't be surprised if a shlocky 80's flick outweighs an Oscar winner.

While looking at factors like acting, direction, cinematography, and plain entertainment value, I rate my films on a scale of 100, by 5's. Here's my best explanation for my ratings

100 - I haven't ranked one of these, yet, because I still don't think I've found the perfect movie.
95-90: Personal favorites and technical achievements. I love these movies and will maintain my strong opinions about them.
85-80: Most of these films I'll rewatch at the drop of a hat. The word I'll usually use for these movies is great, spanning from oscar winners to my favorite scary movies.
75-70: Totally valid entertainment. Sometimes a lot of these movies could just as easily fit a step up or a step below but for personal preference, it felt right to put them here. The "Good movies."
65-50: This is the "average" zone. Usually if a movie gets placed here it didn't make a big enough splash in my mind to warrant any higher or lower, still a 65, is more impressive than a 50.
45-30: Bad flicks. I don't avoid these like the plague like a lot of reviewers, and sometimes I seek them out, but sometimes there's just no other place to put a movie.
25-15: A scary place for a movie to be, indeed.
10-5: The worst of the worst. The truly terrible films that grace the planet every year. Honestly, I don't end up watching a lot of movies that will end up here, but every now and then I slip up.
0: My favorite ranking. Movies don't often end up here. This is the terrible movie that I love too much to be left to rot with the others. The rare gems in the dirt of bad cinema. The best kind of films.

I hope you enjoy my rankings!
more Recent Ratings
70 55% Star Wars Rebels (2014) - Aug 11, 2020
"Seasons 1-4: I have to rate this just slightly below Clone Wars, but inso I have to acknowledge that this show had a lot more leg work. It forced you to care about new characters and by the end you were in. The disparity between the first and fourth season is pretty big, with the fourth being legitimately great tv for all ages, but nothing's terrible either. A solid addition to Star Wars canon."
75 64% Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - Aug 11, 2020
"Seasons 1-7: While it's hard to rate this series due to its episode/arc style and the varying quality of each of these, I think this does the universe way more good than bad. It's cast is consistently good and its treatment of the characters within the new Disney canon is effective, especially the new Asokha Tano. A must watch for a Star Wars fan."
95 97% Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - Aug 09, 2020
"Well, I didn't expect to have feelings like this today. Amazing script, amazing cast, amazing film-making in general. I don't even know what I can say."
10 3% The Gallows Act II (2019) - Aug 09, 2020
"To really understand how bad the Gallows part 2 is, you have to have seen the first one. Not because they're connected in any way, shape, or form, but rather because you have to ask yourself, "how really allowed this to happen a second time?""
60 40% The Way of the Dragon (1972) - Jul 29, 2020
"This is hard to rank because for the most part this movie is a classic of the genre. Bruce at his most charming and magnetic, and most impressive in terms of martial arts. With that being said, I can't get by the humor that hasn't aged well and the contrived plot. Not to knock Bruce, but with a better writer on hand, this movie could have easily been more impressive than Enter the Dragon."
50 29% Fun in Acapulco (1963) - Jul 03, 2020
"Elvis movies, huh? I definitely wasn't expecting too much out of this and I didn't get too much out of it. The music as it always would be is super solid. Outside of Elvis, though, this movie doesn't have a ton to offer. Everytime Elvis isn't on screen I wished he was. Just a dumb romp if you don't want to think too hard."
70 55% The Return of the Living Dead (1985) - Jun 24, 2020
"The Return of the Living Dead scratched my Evil Dead itch pretty solidly. Though neither it's horror or comedy is groundbreaking, the two factors of this film bolster each other higher and end up forming a pretty solid flick."
80 73% The Greasy Strangler (2016) - Jun 21, 2020
"I scored this this high, but other people I watched this with scored it as low as a 5/100. I think that's what's particularly exciting about The Greasy Strangler. You never know what the reaction of the next person will be. It's absolutely insane. If Tim and Eric were never said no to. God, I had a great time and laughed my ass off all the way through, but don't my score as a guarantee you will. The very definition of not for everyone."
90 90% Let the Right One In (2008) - Jun 21, 2020
"What I really loved about Let the Right One In is that is made me so much more aware of the little things that don't always catch my eye in movies. It sticks the landing on the big ones like casting and plot, while also doing an incredible job with the small stuff like color palette, visual motifs, and so much more. A really, impressively made film all around and one I wish was emulated a little more 10 years off."
60 40% Nacho Libre (2006) - Jun 16, 2020
"Nacho Libre is.... inoffensive. Granted, I was not a fan of Napoleon Dynamite whatsoever, I actually thought this was a big improvement. Maybe its having someone as... simply funny as Jack Black elevating the material. It's not a great movie by any means, and often feels like its struggling to find its audience, but I can't fault it too much. At least it tries."