Movie Buff - 263 Rankings
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|92 T9||Swiss Army Man (2016) - Mar 25, 2017
"A heartfelt song of life from the guys who brought us the "Turn Down for What" music video. It's gorgeous, hilarious, weird, and fresh all pivoting around a completely stupid premise. I loved it. "
|36 T1||Grand Piano (2013) - Mar 14, 2017
"Bugshit absurd premise with disappointingly little payoff. I had some fun reading too far into the 'performance anxiety' angle, with the sniper representing premature ejaculation and the player ultimately having to finger a C correctly. Props to Elijah Wood for actually playing the instrument, his skill level is clearly not world class (he aint' Cory Henry) but I was impressed all the same. My prediction: Damien Chazelle's next movie will be about the best jazz bass player in the whole world. "
|81 T8||Logan (2017) - Mar 10, 2017
"Pushy with the pathos and overlong, but in the realm of superhero flicks it's an oasis. It openly nods at westerns, keying on a nature vs man-made theme to provide a poetic end for the beloved character (as well as his inner demon). Doesn't it feel refreshing to ditch the tired urban catastrophe/cgi sky laser third act? To see a hero's arc concluded, not discontinued? To hear Sir Patrick Stewart say naughty words? Isn't it nice to feel something human in these again?"
|96 T10||Barton Fink (1991) - Mar 06, 2017
"Has everything I could ask for. Open-ended mystery, surrealism, black comedy, regular comedy, regular horror, technical prowess, (sound design, cinematography, acting) and John Goodman. While focusing on the nightmares of Hollywood, Fink's preoccupation with inner pain has him tuning out the elephant outside the room - WWII, that is (not Goodman you jerks), and turning towards Faulkner's escapism. But I think he can hear the trace of a raid siren in the bells, mosquitos, and buzzing violins... "
|34 T1||Twilight (2008) - Feb 27, 2017
"Not hyperbolically bad but it's hampered by syfy channel production value and two of the most stoic, unlikeable leads in recent memory - now maybe that's the point (think Heathers) but it doesn't do this film any favors. Watching it nearly ten years on it's kind of funny how much Kristen Stewart is made to seem like the most attractive girl in the world when Anna Kendrick is standing right behind her. If they had switched roles this would have been a lot more charming."
|60 T3||The Wraith (1986) - Feb 20, 2017
"From the perspective of the tragic baddies as they get destroyed one at a time by an unstoppable spirit of vengeance driving a purple Chrysler. There's a strange satisfaction in how comically invincible this hero is, in the sense that justice and order is utterly inescapable. Randy Quaid pulls a "No Country" as the Sheriff who's always two steps behind the audience and accomplishes nothing but gets a third of the screentime and Sherilyn Fenn sports a sexy tan. It's a movie about destiny. "
|68 T5||Requiem for a Dream (2000) - Feb 17, 2017
"Outlandish and nauseating, stylistically cool but substantially lacking (what is the point of Marlon Wayans' character?). Ellen Burstyn's physical performance really carries the film. The overzealous anti-drug message is complimented by the implication that the missing father figure was the catalyst for all this dysfunction - if only there were some clear-headed Ward Cleaver type in the picture this nuclear family would be on the up-and-up! "
|74 T6||Big Trouble in Little China (1986) - Feb 17, 2017
"Somehow it took a few watches for me to realize that Kurt Russel's character is actually the sidekick, and that it sends up the western genre as much as kung fu flicks. Doesn't mean the plot makes sense or anything, but I understand the charm of it now. "
|80 T7||Akira (1988) - Feb 04, 2017
"A confusing yet immersive messiah tale exploring the psychic fallout of post-war Japan. It goes without saying that Neo-Tokyo is impressively detailed and vibrant, the gamelan soundtrack is unforgettable, and it's tough to overestimate the impact this had on animation (who else was imitating the camera like this - panning shots, tracking shots, lens flare?) but what I find most impressive is how consistently funny it is. If it weren't for all the apocalyptic body horror it'd almost be a comedy. "
|77 T7||Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) - Jan 24, 2017
"You'll always remember this as the kids pirate flick that was *almost* better than Goonies. At a meager 2 1/2 hours you can watch the entire thing while waiting in line for the ride! Thankfully it's well-paced and charismatic, featuring Depp and Rush at their tongue-in-cheekiest. It doesn't do much with a theme (it's okay to break rules in the name of freedom) but like any good campfire ghost tale it draws more strength from the enthusiasm of the telling than the story itself. "