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JackRyan2014

Cinema Addict - 1003 Film Ratings

Member Since: Mar 17, 2014

Bio: 'By Grabthar's Hammer, What a Savings' - Galaxy Quest (1999)
'When science shits the bed I'm the guy they call to change the sheets' - Rampage (2018)
'You're always sorry, Charles. And there's always a speech. And nobody cares' - Dark Phoenix (2019)

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Under 50 - Not worth watching, to varying degrees

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60 59% Ready Player One (2018) - Mar 19, 2018
"A better title might be Reference: The Movie. This film has some notable issues; the characters are thinly sketched, some of the acting isn't great and a few of the big emotional or dramatic moments don't land. Despite this Ready Player One is great fun to watch. The action scenes are imaginative and well directed, the pacing doesn't let up and it is consistently engaging to watch. Surprisingly it's also really funny with a number of laugh out loud moments"
35 18% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) - Sep 12, 2016
"Disappointing. Lots of CGI but the actors are so poorly integrated with the visual effects that at times it looked like a made for TV movie. Feels like a film from a decade ago and is often rehashing storylines from earlier X-men films. Jennifer Lawrence seems to not care about this film and gives a flat effort. The final battle reminded me of Fantastic Four (2005). A city is destroyed, I think maybe Cairo? It passes the time but overall it's not great. What a waste of Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse."
35 18% Justice League (2017) - Feb 18, 2018
"A few fun action beats but mostly pretty dull, awash with weightless poor quality CGI which has no impact. Chemistry between characters is the biggest strength, specifically The Flash and Aquaman, but plenty of leaden dialogue. Antagonist Steppenwolf is very poor and exists solely to act as a punching bag for the heroes. The main problem is despite my issues with some recent DC films they often feltĀ­ distinctive. This feels generic, an ersatz Marvel film and a bad version of The Avengers. "
90 95% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) - Jun 08, 2015
"Every shot perfectly framed. Beautiful to look at. Ralph Fiennes incredibly funny. Only downside was Edward Norton. He stood out from the widely varied cast as the weak link. Just didn't look as committed to his role as the other actors. "
40 28% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) - Mar 17, 2014
"Good effects and action scenes but it's all style with little substance. I did like Benedict Cumberbatch who had presence onscreen but his eventually character reveal was poor. It felt like part Star Wars and part remake of the Wrath of Khan. Also plot issues everywhere. Why use starships when you can beam between planets. No need to fear death as a small blood transfusion can bring you back to life with dozens of potential blood donors available. "
60 59% Aquaman (2018) - Dec 15, 2018
"The most consistently entertaining of the recent DC movies. Filled with well directed and clearly shot action and fight scenes with standout sequences in the Trench and Sicily that are exceptional. Plenty of stilted overly expositional dialogue along with too many jokes that don't land. Lots of colourful visual effects and bizarre creature designs but by the end the sheer amount of CGI feels overwhelming. Mamoa has fun as Aquaman with the swagger of a rock star performing at a sell-out concert. "
80 88% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) - Sep 14, 2016
"Look fantastic with a mixture of photo-real CGI and well done stop motion. Great music and a really good story that deals with some dark material. My main problem is with the celebrity voice-acting which ranged from poor to merely okay with the exception of Kubo himself who was good. The beetle character strongly reminded me of Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story series and felt a bit out of place in this story. It's not quite up there with Coraline but I can't wait to see whats next from Laika"
80 88% Arrival (2016) - Nov 14, 2016
"Great film. Well shot and solid performances from the cast. Has a lot in common with the 1997 film 'Contact.' A good adaptation of the novella 'Story of Your Life.'"
85 92% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) - Feb 20, 2017
"An improvement on the original which was already pretty good. The action is high quality throughout and everything is filmed so that you can clearly see whats happening with a sequence in Rome that mixes action and music to create a fantastic action scene. I really like the world building where there's a whole world of assassins and little is explained so the audience has to work out the ins and outs. Neo meeting Morpheus is great and it has a few moments of black comedy which were pretty funny"
80 88% The Death of Stalin (2017) - Oct 30, 2017
"A satirical drama that is informative and often darkly comic. Shows what life was like under totalitarianism in Stalinist Russia and illustrates how fear pervades and brutal violence was commonplace. The Death of Stalin doesn't hold back and is filled with great actors reciting witty dialogue along with good characterisation. The problem is virtually every character is a terrible human being, except Olga Kurylenko as Maria, meaning it's difficult spending time watching such odious individuals. "