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Judo Koala

Cinema Addict - 1267 Film Ratings

Member Since: Aug 8, 2009

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Bio: Hey hi hello! I obtained my MA in film back in 2013, whereupon I wrote on the New French Extremity through a cognitivist (aka cognitive film theory) lens, having also published and presented research on the NFE and other concepts related to cognitivism and cognitivist pedagogy; in this, my interest is examining how certain images and sounds affect a spectator's brain in different ways, utilizing research from neuroscience, psychology, psychophysics, aesthetic theory, et al. Other core filmic interests include theories of spectatorship and affect, aesthetics, exploitation / transgressive & cult cinema, 1960s European cinema, film noir, '80s action hypermachismo, black comedy, experimental / avant-garde cinema, genre deconstruction, and the representation of sex and violence. I tend to gravitate towards films that are, first and foremost, aesthetically and narratively unconventional, as I believe cinema is the most potent medium for the representation of abstract ideas and images, and I just *love* delving into the Abstract/Weird/Offbeat/Strange/etc. Things I despise in cinema: cliché & formula, most biopics, montages set to anything but sad music or Eye of the Tiger.
more Recent Ratings
45 9% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) - Apr 16, 2021
"There's Jim Carrey in prime slapstick form. And then there's everything else."
75 53% The Gentlemen (2020) - Apr 16, 2021
"Really fun to now see Hugh Laurie obliterating his former heartthrob image as a total sleazeball. Fun in general and sure to delight any Guy Ritchie fan but entirely forgettable."
92 98% Koyaanisqatsi (1982) - Apr 05, 2021
"A landmark in ethnographic cinema whose watershed usage of fast-motion and time lapse cinematography causes us to understand -- to feel -- our very own contemporary "life out of balance" on both a micro and macro level. Unlike anything in the annals of cinema. One to be cherished, revered, and rewatched, again... and again... and again... and again......"
56 15% The Warriors (1979) - Apr 05, 2021
"Between the camp dialogue and the camp costumes and the camp everything, I couldn't get into this, like, at all. One of those rare instances where the video game is better than the film!"
87 95% The Terminator (1984) - Apr 01, 2021
"A visionary hybrid of science fiction, action, and slasher films that feels completely fresh decades later. A truly apocalyptic atmosphere, taking place almost entirely in the dark of night, its distinctly film noir sensibility that, along with 'Blade Runner,' was the genesis of the still-popular 'tech noir' aesthetic seen in cinema today. One of the best themes ever whose intensity matches that of the Terminator's own inexorable pursuit. And yes, it's superior to T2. "
74 45% The Fog (1980) - Apr 01, 2021
"Sensational atmosphere; there's a shot early on in the small vessel that simply has to be one of the best compositions Carpenter has ever done. Genuinely unsettling at times. A gripe: it wasn't so much fog as it was billowing steam. Beggars can't be choosers, I reckon! The final act's conclusion is the result of some hilariously convenient coincidences AKA stupid, but, whatever."
80 75% Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) - Mar 30, 2021
"Out of all the work Carpenter's done, AOP13 remains among the grittiest, most raw. There's something real meaty about it, something rough around its edges that was lost in Carpenter's subsequent films that found themselves more polished, "cleaner" in a sense. A simple concept executed wonderfully, Carpenter truly understood how to make the most out of very little."
76 61% They Live (1988) - Mar 29, 2021
""I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass... And I'm all out of bubble gum." "Brother, life's a bitch... And she's in heat." "They ain't from Cleveland." "That's like pouring perfume on a pig!" "There's gonna be hell to pay... 'Cause I ain't Daddy's little boy no more." "You, you're okay. This one, real fuckin' ugly!" "It looks like you dipped your face in the cheese dip back in 1957." "...formaldehyde-face!" "White line's in the middle of the road, that's the worst place to drive.""
77 64% The Assassin (2015) - Mar 29, 2021
76 61% Gattaca (1997) - Mar 28, 2021