Cinema Addict - 1452 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.
|75 T6||White Christmas (1954) - Dec 14, 2017
"The poster-romance for bad-luck, bullheaded, heaven-forbid-we-communicate misunderstandings. Utterly random dance sequences, often with Mr. No-Name (because Kaye wasn't a good enough dancer). But, I do enjoy me some Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, and I'm a sucker for Christmas and snow. Here's to "Gee I Wish I Was Back in the Army" being in my head for another year. *sigh*"
|70 T5||Pedicab Driver (1989) - Dec 10, 2017
"I expected the slapstick, and it satisfied for the first half, but then it quickly turns pretty serious and tragic. I never really recovered. Overall, I enjoyed the movie. There are some great fights, especially at the end, and some good comedic action. I learned that - like geishas adopting the names of flowers and such - pedicab drivers are named after desserts (e.g. Malted Candy and Rice Pudding). Oh and is it just me, or could Yueh Sun (Fang) be Jackie Chan's father?"
|75 T6||Stars in My Crown (1950) - Dec 10, 2017
"This was marketed, seemingly, as about a shoot-em-up preacher in a shoot-em-up town, but it's nothing of the sort. It's more of a slice-of-life story about a small-town preacher, family-friendly and sentimental (though I've noticed sentimental has gotten a bad rap for some reason). Minus points to the movie because the characters should have known better how Typhoid is *not* spread. Minus points to me because I failed to recognize James Arness and Amanda Blake appearing years before Gunsmoke."
|60 T3||The Oklahoma Kid (1939) - Dec 05, 2017
"Nothing deep about this story, and some of the supporting actors are pretty bad (I'm not looking at you, Ward Bond or Donald Crisp). But it's still enjoyable. And though I still haven't warmed to Cagney in westerns, Bogey is great as usual. Plus, you get to see a Cagney vs Bogart fist-fight brawl! For me, this is like a clash of superheroes."
|75 T6||Miracle on 34th Street (1947) - Dec 05, 2017
"I know Christmas shouldn't be all about Santa Claus. I don't want it to be all about Santa Claus. But I still enjoy this cute well-made movie. And I like the ambiguity. Now let's see what the gang (humor me, I'm lonely) has to say about this iconic Christmas film... "None of your Kumpels have ranked this movie." What?? Holiday Inn... *gasp*... White Christmas... *sigh* ... It's a Wonderful Life... *whew* at least there's a few. But did I grow up in a different world?"
|65 T4||The Lodger (1944) - Nov 30, 2017
"The film is atmospheric and generally well-done. Laird Cregar was good and creepy, and I always enjoy George Sanders. However, I blame the director for Cregar being *too* creepy and the rest too oblivious. Suspension of disbelief was tough when others (esp. the girl) cheerfully bend over backwards to explain away every creepy thing he says and does. And what's with the inspector emptying a pistol at the bad guy when he pointedly says earlier that guns aren't allowed even the police?"
|70 T5||King Boxer: Five Fingers of Death (1972) - Nov 28, 2017
"Wow, this movie is action-packed for all of its 105 minutes. There is a lot to like, from its cool plot to the single-mindedly evil really-bad-guys (some wearing the worst wigs I've ever seen), to an early appearance of Bolo 'Pecs' Yeung. Plus, learn how to effectively recover from broken hands by beating on stuff! Recommended. And if you enjoy classic kung fu choreography more than I do you will probably rate this higher."
|75 T6||Holiday Inn (1942) - Nov 28, 2017
"I would probably rate this lower if it weren't for the charm of the Holiday (esp. Christmas) premise. Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby are a delight to watch, as usual. So much I can just have fun with if I don't take it seriously (I find myself laughing at - if not with - some of the lame songs), but Astaire is such a louse, and I *hate* the old sexist stand-by of the woman going to marry someone she doesn't love because she's a pawn of life and her broken heart."
|65 T4||Earthworm Tractors (1936) - Nov 21, 2017
"That's not a tractor, that's a tank! I didn't know civilian vehicles could rampage like that in 1936. For the most part I enjoyed my first Joe E. Brown comedy, lighthearted and cheesy. But the dues ex machina ending was pretty unforgivable. *pats himself on the back for dropping the words "dues ex machina", sure that he'll be considered cool now*"
|78 T7||Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940) - Nov 16, 2017
"Fantastic dancing and the story actually wasn't annoying. Some random talent acts add to the fun. I know it's my imagination, but each time I see Fred Astaire dance I think he's better than the last time. Powell was great too, but for her ballet number."