Cinema Addict - 1352 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.
|60 T3||Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) - May 21, 2017
"Fun characters, and pretty entertaining overall, but the creatures were too darn random and the CGI effects too full of themselves. Someone was given too much leash. The deal with the final climactic battle seemed to have nothing to do with most of the rest of this helter-skelter movie."
|75 T6||Louisiana Story (1948) - May 19, 2017
"What a beautifully filmed and scored movie. A treat to sit through. No, there is no great story, drama or narrative tension, (although some smaller adventures and scary alligators) so that one can just relax and enjoy. Not knowing this was funded by Standard Oil, I was a bit shocked when the oil venture didn't turn out to be utterly evil and devastating to the natives. Kind of refreshing, actually."
|0 T1||The Pest (1997) - May 17, 2017|
|0 T1||The Führer Gives the Jews a City (1944) - May 17, 2017|
|75 T6||The Old Dark House (1932) - May 17, 2017
"Good old creepy movie with several people taking refuge together in a creepy old house. Dwelling there are a creepy old family and their Boris Karloff butler. The insane Saul at the end was good stuff."
|75 T6||Sunset Blvd. (1950) - May 17, 2017
"The acting (Swanson, Holden, von Stroheim) was top notch, and the movie was well-made. It was definitely an uncomfortable movie to watch, if not a true thriller. I get a bit tired, though, of all the Hollywood treatments of the silent era as a bunch of forgotten relics. I don't know, maybe with the advent of talkies the silent movies and stars were treated with contempt, but I wonder if that's overblown. Still, that wasn't the main point of this film, and there's a lot to like here."
|82 T8||The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) - May 17, 2017
"Very fun movie overall. I enjoyed the relationship between, well, the Ghost and Mrs. Muir. They both seemed a good balance of flawed and reasonable (it's amazing how rare this feels to me). However, I felt the months and years of the narrative strung together disjointedly. Also, it should have capitalized on her motherhood (the daughter was simply a non-factor) and the ghosts' seemingly permanent disappearance - only to reappear the instant she died - confused me."
|85 T9||The Gunfighter (1950) - May 07, 2017|
|82 T8||The Big Heat (1953) - May 07, 2017
"Quite a raw film for 1953. Some scenes might not have surprised me had it been a modern movie, but I was actually shocked here. Overall a good movie, with Fritz Lang in typically fine form. Ford and Grahame were good in their roles, and I'm certainly down for Lee Marvin as a scumbag. While I was a bit unsatisfied by the final resolution, I found the scene with Bannion reminiscing about his wife to be quite good. Deceptive poster complaint: that scene wasn't Bannion!"
|75 T6||Ride Lonesome (1959) - May 06, 2017
"In many ways Ride Lonesome is your standard western bounty hunter fare, but it does come into its own, and has a great ending. It's short, and the tension is never truly high, but this isn't a criticism. The bleak vistas and camerawork (including a cool 2-minute shot to usher in the film) are nice. Scott isn't a good actor, but the supporting cast (several future stars) and character interaction was great. Though I could have done without the woman and the Indians subplot cliche."