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The Pirate

Cinema Addict - 1499 Film Ratings

Member Since: Apr 6, 2012

Location: USA

Bio: Someday I plan to become a screenwriter and director. In the meantime, I'm just a guy who loves movies. Favorite genres: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Drama and Thriller. Least favorites: Horror, Romance, Obscure and Westerns. Of course, even when I find a movie I don't necessarily like, but it's well done, I can still respect it. I think I judge a movie primarily on it's story; whether or not I was drawn in and kept in till the end.
more Recent Ratings
75 42% Dagon (2001) - Jan 12, 2020
"The campiness takes away from what could have been an amazing adaptation of "Shadow/Innsmouth". The protagonist is too silly and dorky to like most of the time and some of the scenarios are downright goofy. When it takes itself seriously, it's a great demonstration of Lovecraft's writing. The town, practical effects, cutting away before too much gets revealed, it all adds to some great tension and horror. Not a fan of that uncomfortable rape scene at the end, but still worth seeing for HP fans."
91 94% Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019) - Jan 01, 2020
"Yeah I don't really get the hate, I thought this was by and far the best, most original, most compelling, and all around grandest movie of the new trilogy, and a fine conclusion for the saga. There's payoff to almost everything that had been built up (though I'd have prefer Rey not kiss Ben and her and Finn at least resolve the buildup of their attraction to one another) and I felt so much gravity throughout. They handled Fisher's death with respect, which was my biggest concern going in."
79 56% You Were Never Really Here (2017) - Dec 31, 2019
"People are calling this the "Taxi Driver"of our generation. While definitely not as good as that film, this one is a very brutal, honest look at abuse, PTSD, and grief. I appreciate that the majority of the violence isn't shot in an exploitive way; we see the build-up, occasionally the act from a distance, and the end result. That's all you need to characterize the protagonist. "
68 28% The Foreigner (2017) - Dec 27, 2019
"Chan obviously handles the action scenes extremely well and he's great at playing a grief-stricken man, but I don't necessarily buy him as a ruthless revenge-driven vigilante; he plays it almost too sad and not enough angry. The corrupt politics and societal prejudice make the story feel compelling enough, but it's not much more than what we've gotten in the past. "
73 38% Sweet Virginia (2017) - Dec 22, 2019
"Decent thriller. Elwood is a really effective antagonist who, by the midpoint of the movie, you realize is totally unhinged (accentuated by a really clever mirror shot) and could do just about anything. Lyla wasn't really easy to sympathize with and Bernadette didn't really exude much in the way of grief or emotion, but Bernthal nailed it as Sam, being believably meek and yet also threatening when he needed to be. Solid atmosphere, decent characters, story was pretty average, but overall good."
80 61% Sorry to Bother You (2018) - Dec 01, 2019
84 77% The Irishman (2019) - Nov 29, 2019
"By all accounts a monumental combination of cinematic greatness. De Niro, Pesci and Pacino deliver powerhouse performances and Scorcese proves why he's a legend in this genre. It is his best? No, but it definitely belongs to be included in conversations with his top films. Sometimes the runntime is too much and some scenes are too drawn out, but this is a period piece that is truly mesmerizing and interesting. "
80 61% Dog Soldiers (2002) - Nov 19, 2019
"Very impressive despite clearly not having much of a budget. The handheld style and shaky cam is definitely way overused but the effect is great when done right. That scene of the werewolf climbing into the room with Wells asleep was downright chilling! Toward that end, I think it would have been better as a straightforward action/horror with less comedy. It was fine, but sometimes detracted from the suspense. All in all, definitely worth seeking out."
70 32% 1408 (2007) - Nov 19, 2019
87 86% Doctor Sleep (2019) - Nov 11, 2019
"Really an accomplishment the way it manages to be faithful to both King's book and Kubrick's film. The film gives us plenty of time with all the characters involved, expands upon the Shining in all the right ways, delivers some really good tension and drama, and while retreading the Overlook sounds like it might not carry the same weight, it's exactly as good as I could have hoped. A little unbalanced at times and somewhat predictable, but still a damn good movie!"