Cinema Addict - 1376 Rankings
Member Since: Jan 8, 2017
Location: Washington, USA
Bio: A guy who likes movies of all kinds (well, except for the kind of movies I don't like), from all decades. Currently working my way through the '1001 Movies to See Before You Die' list.
Note, all my rankings of 0 (zero) are movies I have NOT seen, but am absolutely positive would fall in my lowest tier. The way Criticker assigns tiers I am forced to work the system in a losing effort to have decent movies be assigned to a decent tier. No reasonable person would watch as many bad movies as good ones.
|45 T2||Pursued (1947) - Aug 15, 2017
"(Spoilers) Thor (the girl) says to Jeb at the beginning, "there's something that keeps us apart." Something? Because she couldn't figure it out, Jeb recounts the last few months where they went quite literally insane and she plotted to murder him because he killed her brother. But luckily in the end everyone suddenly snaps out of insanity and walks away reconciled. I often couldn't figure out what I was watching. The film had good build-up and good cinematography, though."
|78 T7||No Highway in the Sky (1951) - Aug 15, 2017|
|82 T8||Jane Eyre (1944) - Aug 08, 2017
"Good movie overall, dramatic through and through, though the ending was pretty rushed. I can't decide whether the Orson Welles or the cinematography was more intense. I'm just assuming that Welles controlled the cinematography by force of personality, like some kind of cinema god."
|90 T10||Whistle Down the Wind (1961) - Aug 08, 2017
"A very endearing and light-hearted movie. As the children mistake a fugitive for Jesus we see their simple faith as they show their love for him. And I was feeling that in their loving this man they were truly loving Jesus, as the Good Book says. I appreciated that the film was not so heavy handed as to have the man turn a completely new leaf, but he was definitely not left unchanged. And the kids were really adorable."
|90 T10||The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) - Aug 08, 2017
"Umbrellas has a couple of the most beautiful and recognizable tunes in cinema, as well as gorgeous visuals. While I'm not a huge fan of the singing of every mundane word, it grew on me. As for the story, halfway through I had doubts. Another over-romanticized tragedy of all-important teenage love, I thought. But while the film does turn tragic and Gena is insufferable, Guy comes through it in the tremendous final act. The final seconds were a lovely capstone and left me in tears."
|78 T7||The Card (1952) - Aug 08, 2017|
|50 T2||Wild Times (1980) - Aug 06, 2017
"While not their finest performances, Sam Elliott and Ben Johnson are still cool. Wild Times was entertaining, but had problems. The romance was horrid, and the girl's facial expressions cringe-worthy. The accomplishments of our hero were so over the top that it could have been a comedy. From world champion rifle shot to Wild-Bill-esque dime novel hero, he contemptuously out-guns the worst rendition of Doc Holliday ever and later starts a Buffalo-Bill-esque wild west show."
|82 T8||The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) - Aug 06, 2017
"Alec Guinness was amazing and is becoming one of my favorite actors. While overall the film is excellent and deservedly lauded, Col. Nicholson's insanity (as it were) went unexplained for me. I also found the ending a bit hoaky. Apparently real life events and the novel were different in these regards."
|75 T6||Magnificent Butcher (1979) - Jul 30, 2017
"Good Sammo fun."
|40 T2||Once Upon a Texas Train (1988) - Jul 30, 2017
"I didn't care what the ratings indicated. Chuck Connors and a bunch of my other favorite old-time western cronies as old-timers? I'm in! The film started as I hoped and was shaping up to be a fun comedy. But it seemed to lose its direction and settled into a boring 80's-styled western culminating in a dumb ending. Plus, I didn't realize (or maybe remember) that Willie Nelson is a smugly bad actor. I'm disappointed. Not worth watching except to see some of the old boys together."